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The Most Annoying Dog Behaviors and How You Can Fix Them

Dogs make great pets. But sometimes, they can be a handful. Dogs develop all kind of obnoxious habits, and frustrated owners often don’t know how to train them to stop. Of course, people who can’t tolerate a little bit of noise or the occasional mess probably shouldn’t own a dog. But if your dog barks all the time, chews on your expensive furniture, pulls on the leash, or jumps up on visitors, we have some good news for you. You can help your dog break the habit and change his behavior.

With a little bit of help from some expert dog trainers, you’ll be well on your way toward correcting some of the most obnoxious dog behaviors.

1. Barking

Howling beagle

Howling beagle Some dogs refuse to stop barking. | iStock.com/LivingThroughTheLens

One of the most common problems for dog owners? A pup who won’t stop barking. All dogs bark. But sometimes, dogs develop bad habits that irritate everybody around them. Some bark when a new person or animal comes into their territory. Sometimes, dogs bark when they’re startled. And many dogs bark when they feel bored or lonely. Fortunately, you can correct the problem. The ASPCA notes you’ll just need to figure out why your dog is barking to address the problem.

The Humane Society of the United States advises you should avoid yelling at your dog. Instead, remove the motivation for his behavior, ignore the barking, and desensitize your dog to whatever caused him to bark. Additionally, you can teach your dog the “quiet” command, or ask him to do something that’s incompatible with barking. The American Kennel Club recommends praising your dog when she’s calm and not barking.

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