7 Tips for Getting Your Dog to Behave ...

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Dogs misbehave.

It's a way of life.

I've got good dogs, but they do things they shouldn't – like go in the house, or refuse to listen when they're called.

The Lab, especially, is a princess and likes to have her own way.

They bark when they shouldn't and do all sorts of things that aren't bad, necessarily, but they need to learn better practices.

Here are 7 tips for getting your dog to behave better.

1. Practice

Practice makes perfect.

Teaching a dog the right behavior is a lesson in patience for the pooches and their owners both.

You can't get fed up and you can't quit.2

You just have to persevere and keep practicing – it will pay off in the end.

Just remember that Rome wasn't built in a day and dogs won't learn in a day either.

2. Act like the Alpha

Your dog needs to know who's in charge.

Case in point: both my dogs and my parents dogs will listen to my dad when they won't listen to anyone else.

He exudes that Alpha male factor that makes them recognize someone else is in charge – not them.

This can be difficult for humans to learn.

It is also funny;

I know this because everyone laughs at me when I try to mimic my dad's low-toned growl to make the hot dog stop barking.

3. Behaviorist

Sometimes, going to a behaviorist who specializes in dog training might help.

This is especially helpful for dogs who really misbehave, such as those who can't get along with children or other animals.

If you've adopted a dog from a shelter, this might be an option as well;2

you don't always know what ordeals those poor dears have been through before finding a happy home with you.

4. Obedience Classes

You don't always have to go to such extremes, though.

Sometimes, simple obedience classes will do the trick.

These can get expensive, which can be an issue.

The good news is that various trainers and even pet stores often offer deals on obedience classes.

Some of them are seriously discounted, and others of them are offered for free.

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