Common Dog Behavior Problems Caused by Faulty Training

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Dogs behavior issues are products of some type of training

Dog Behavior and training are closely connected. An absence of one can lead to undesirable habits of the other. Understanding this link can help you deal with many of the problems that can arise from it.

Many dog behavior problems are a result of some type of training. To be exact, dog training is every little thing that our dog learns every time he is interacting with us. Most people have a wrong view that dog training is purely for obedience training or for some types of dog sports. Dogs don’t have any idea about dog agility and a French ring. All of them are activities and learned behaviors and not natural for them, with this explained there is no distinction between dog sports and dog behaviors in our households, which are likewise not inherent for our dog.

How our dogs learn from us?

The two common ways are:

Through our deliberate actions: When we have a particular objective in mind of the way the dog should engage in a certain task.

Unconscious actions: When we don’t respond to some of our dog’s actions and we let them develop, or by supporting the wrong actions.

These are the causes of virtually all dog behavior issues. You can have two litter mates being kept in houses next to each other, living in same environmental arrangements, yet they will behave totally different from each other due to their dog behavior and teaching. Social influence with family members and other humans will shape the behavior traits differently in both cases.

What have we done wrong with dog behavior and training?

You will find a lot of mistakes that it is difficult to put them all on one list.
To start, I am going to identify the crucial ones:
  • Lack of knowledge, many people get a dog without properly learning the basics of dog care.
  • A lot of people who own dogs don’t have an organized system of rules which is a mainstay of the dog/human relationship
  • Most dog behavior issues emerge during the first four months of a dog's life, the time when the dog's brain is intensively developing and leaning. Most dog owners have a tendency to let their dogs escape with the behaviors they don’t eventually want, don’t begin planning a system at this crucial time convinced that they are just a puppy.
  • Inconsistency, this can be the greatest mistake that you can make with your dog. One good example is if I always reward my dog every time he followed my command to sit for a period of 1 year, and suddenly I stop giving him treats for the sit position, my dog will surely stop following my command simply because I am not rewarding him anymore. but if I will reward him every now and then, it will strengthen his behavior because he wouldn’t know when will I give him the next reward. (variable reinforcement).
The same thing is true with undesirable behaviors if we are unreliable with our approach to our dog’s nasty behaviors the idea that we are sending is that from time to time it is OK to do that and it is up to our dog to decide when he will act that way.


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Common dog bad behaviors:

Undesirable dog behaviors are natural dog behavior patterns that usually become difficult to deal with for most owners.
  • Jumping
  • Begging
  • Mouthing
  • Chewing
  • Aggression
  • Pulling on the leash
  • Barking
Why does dog jump on you?

First of all, there is an energy that is activated by the thrill of seeing someone, either a family member or an unfamiliar person. Then this activated energy released into action by jumping. dogs experiencing this will always try to reach your face. Why? this is natural dog language, like when they see their dog friend they try to exchange face licking, sniffing the rears and so on.
Some experts say that one of the reason dog’s jumps is because it is part of their genetic makeup, an important dog trait to survive in the wild. Wolf puppies usually do this every time their parents come back from a hunt. licking their parent's faces and jumping actually encourages for parent’s dogs to bring up food for their young. This is one good reason why dogs leap they when greeting us trying to reach and lick our faces.

The major problem is that we, in fact, encourage this jumping and enthusiasm when dogs are just a few months old and we basically let them do this dog behavior which will afterwards trouble us several months down the road, when we don’t like our dog to perform this behavior anymore; usually since they are now hard to control or too old, or just because we got tired of it.

Dogs will develop something that had happened or existed before. If they keep on learning or doing a particular dog behavior, and it keeps reinforcing them, they will keep enhancing it, and not restrict themselves. Particularly if those behaviors are taught in the first 16 weeks of their life, in these situations some of the behaviors may be frustrating or even impossible to manage afterward.


cute dog licking owner's hand


Why do dogs bite you then lick you?

Mouthing is another language our dogs use to communicate something. It is a wrong belief that only puppies do mouthing. Every dog anywhere does it every time they play, either with us humans or with their friend-dogs. It is necessary for us to learn how to deal with this behavior before it aggravates and becomes a concern. Again, just like with jumping, we often result in letting and augmenting this behavior by our own decisions and reactions. For example, your puppy is chewing your hand and you start;
  • Pushing your dog away: this switch on the dog’s adversary reflex and he becomes even more fired up and into a higher gear because you are simulating resistance actions, which will motivate him to use his offensive skills. Keep in mind that what we see as a dog’s play is, in fact, a combo of communication language and physical activity where a dog practices the abilities or drives that are requisite in their life.
  • You start to move your hands up and down or you suddenly leave, running away fast. This initiates the dog’s prey drive, and to them, it is an excellent and satisfying game.
TIP: Showing the wrong response to your dog will create the wrong reaction from him which will become a dog behavior problem in the long run. To be able to prevent dog mouthing issues or to understand how to control it or other issues please head over to dog behavior problems.

It is very important for any dog owner or trainer to recognize how many training have given to our dogs to change their behaviors and actions without even actually knowing what caused it.

Why your dog behaved that way?

Dog Behavior and Training influence each other. Dogs are not simply mere observers in their surroundings. The connection between a dog’s behaviors, amounts of training and the difference between dogs and humans as a species are all connected. Dogs are tenacious, aggressive, and they are consistent.

Are we trying to say dogs are dominant? Absolutely no, this is simply a normal dog character that is evident in generally any dog in this world. The matter is that often some dogs are falsely labeled as dominant and therefore pressure treated for that erroneously diagnosed issue.

We the handlers, however, are unreliable, easy to push and we have a tendency to easily surrender. As explained above this is one of the good reasons that we have troubles handling dogs, for most people more than others.

Being determined, patient and disciplined is as great a challenge for us, as tweaking a bad habit is challenging for our dog.


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The best places to start

The following words will be reiterated in dog obedience training and dog behavior problems; all of it starts with us.

Here the knowledge about the connection between dog behavior and training goes into action. wishing a dog to make adjustments on his own is throwing away valuable time and will only make you more frustrated.

before acquiring a dog, be sure you have enough knowledge.  With this, I am talking about information from reliable sources, not your friends nor neighbors sharing their own stories and opinions. Yes, they can offer you the little training details that may have worked with their dogs but that won’t definitely help you and your dog. Local obedience schools can help you but to put it briefly it still boils down to you and your dog.

Knowledge plays the main part; you are incorporating an animal into your life and you must know how to productively communicate and how to understand symptoms before they turn into an issue. Furthermore, you must have patience, determination, and consistency; along with that, you will need to adjust your daily habits and rituals whether you are just acquiring a dog or if you are struggling with some dog issues in the future. Adjustment is necessary.

Dog Disobedience

Perhaps the greatest challenges in any type of dog training is a dog's disobedience to its owner, we all deal with this even if we still have issues recalling out pet dog, or if our dog doesn’t perform well in a competition. you can’t count the reasons why dog falls short sometimes, but even though there are many of them, we can still divide them into smaller groups.
  • Distractions
  • The dog is confused about what he is doing (he didn’t absorb the lessons properly).
  • Fear
Making a dog behave normally through disturbances is a lifetime process wherein you will be spending time introducing the distractions to your dog, dealing with them or trying to maintain your dog's phase after the actual training is complete.

If your dog is affected by distractions, you can learn how to deal with them on this page or in the desensitizing and counter conditioning pages.

I like to emphasize here, that even though there a lot of dog training courses and materials available, there are many people who still don’t have any idea about how distractions shape their dog's behavior and how to help their dogs deal effectively with this issue.

One may get the wrong idea regarding when we can consider our dog is trained. In order for your dog to follow basic commands like sit or stay, we need to spend time in training them until the dog’s performance become smooth and the dog has achieved good reasoning point for certain actions.

Regardless there is a failure, this will be significant to know so that you can pinpoint the possible issues precisely. If you and your dog experience this, particularly in the same or similar type of scenarios constantly, find the causes and deal with them.


dog with anxious face


Fear and how it makes your dog disobedient

As I have said there can be a number of reasons that we hit the point when our dog become uncooperative; possibly during training or everyday routine situations. One of the factors is fear. Anxious dog behavior patterns are normal in any animals and in general at any time your dog is confused about something (that can be a certain environmental stressor) it is possible that they will respond instinctively.

The difficulty dealing with instinctual behaviors or actions is that they are generally more powerful than learned behavior or actions. That is the root cause why it is so complicated to manage a dog (or nearly all another animal) who is under the control of fear.

Regardless of how sound you have trained your dog if you faced a terrified temperamental dog, sad to say that dog may not be trustworthy. Many new dog handlers even owners have this idea that dog obedience or dog training can fix this concern, until the time when they started to see lapses in their dog training like unable to summon up their dogs after thunder rolls from the sky or a bus hits the horn while passing them on the road.

Owning a dog with a fearful character off leash in a place where the dog can get provoked and under the influence of fear (danger-avoidance behavior) will likely have unpleasant consequences.

Dog training doesn’t have all the solutions, nor we can change any dog’s behavior/temperaments by way of good training. Instincts have the strongest impact. by accepting and understand these factors, in spite of how great we train our dog, we are nonetheless dealing with an animal, may definitely save us some useless effort.

The only way to deal with fear is to prevent them if you can. Choosing a puppy from a good breeder whose dogs don’t exhibit the signs of fearfulness, received the correct way of socialization will result in a good chance for a successful life, later on, forming a good relationship and sound dog obedience training will help your dog to face the world in a good way.

It is important that your dog win over fear. Fear has a possibility to increase particularly in a nervous temperament dog. Not solving this issue will create an over-reactive dog that is hard or hopeless to control or even dog aggression.

In conclusion, dog behavior and training can really influence each other. Many behaviors and habits of our dogs are brought on by training that we may or may not know of, just as our training plan must make up for our dog’s behaviors.

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