Dogs have different temperaments. Some dogs have easy-going temperament, while some have a tough and naughty temperament. It is unavoidable to encounter circumstances when a dog becomes naughty, and this naughtiness becomes problematic when it already causes destruction and poses hazard to its environment and the dogs and the people around.
It may be very challenging to deal with naughty dogs. However, do not lose hope for there are effective general suggested ways, principles, and techniques to avoid or properly address the problems caused by the naughtiness of dogs.
- Prevention is better than cure, they say, and this is applicable to avoiding naughty dog behaviors from happening. Observe the dog discreetly and take note of its routines and habits. With this, still in the early stage, you get to identify the naughty dog behaviors, when they usually happen, and have an idea about their triggers. It will then be easier and faster to catch and prevent them from happening.
- Is the dog biting or chewing on things they are not allowed to? Is the dog barking excessively on a certain stimulus? Is the dog aggressively jumping on people when there are loud noises? Whatever the manifested naughty behaviors of the dog are, it would greatly help when the temptation is kept away or removed. Dogs are habitual creatures, thus they are likely to continue doing most things as a habit. If the dog is fond of biting slippers, keep or put away the slippers. It may not solve the underlying problem of this naughty behavior, but it is one step to helping the dog refrain from doing its habit of this specific naughty behavior.
- Through careful observation and from previous encounters, it is likely that naughty dog behaviors can be anticipated when to happen. Thus, it is easier to catch the dog even before it does something not good and use distractions to direct away the attention from doing the naughty behavior. When it is anticipated that it is about to do something notorious, whistle or call the dog’s name, and then give it something to be busy with. Again, dogs are habitual creatures and thus, disrupting habits and patterns of naughtiness, such as inappropriate and excessive barking, is an effective way of stopping naughty behaviors.
- After observing, keeping away the temptations, and using distractions, it is very important to couple these steps with praise or reward when the dog engages in good and proper behaviors. Make the dog feel that it also does and gets things right. With this, the dog may learn to distinguish naughty behaviors because they are not praised, from acceptable behaviors that are rewarded. Consistency is crucial in this step, for it to be effective. What is not acceptable is always not rewarded while what is acceptable is always coupled with praise or reward.
These suggested ways in dealing with naughty dogs may seem simple and just common sense, but notorious and problematic dog behaviors may be overwhelming. Worry not, however, because having naughty dogs, despite being challenging, is not the end of the world.There is hope; there are ways to prevent and properly deal with naughty dogs.