Dog Behavior Center
The Training Center provides information on encouraging good behavior and preventing bad behavior.
Top Dog Behavior GuidesDog Aggression
Aggression, defined as an appropriate or inappropriate threat or challenge that is ultimately resolved by combat or submission, is one of the most common behavioral problems in companion dogs. Aggression can occur in any breed, age or gender of dog and can be directed towards people or other animals.Destructive Chewing in Dogs
Destructive chewing in dogs can be damaging not only to a household but to the health of the dog's teeth and gums. To prevent this type of behavior from forming, behavioral modification techniques and changes to the dog's environment are needed.Dog Urine Marking
Urine marking is when a dog marks an item or thing with urine, usually in small amounts. Dogs that normally do urine marking are males, though sometimes females may do this as well. Male dogs lift one leg up and urinate in areas that could be in corners of the house.Dog Barking
In any neighborhood around the world, sooner or later a barking dog will be heard. Dogs communicate primarily through barking, and the intricate social life of a dog relies on this communication process. Barking at people is one of the ways in which a dog communicates, and today's domesticated dogs inherited this behavior from their wild canine ancestors.Train Dogs to Shake
Training your dog to shake can be a bit challenging at first, but performing this little trick can be a rewarding experience for you and your dog. When training your dog any new lesson, keep in mind that the more you make a fun game out of it the more your dog will want to participate.Puppy Training
Your new puppy is going to need a lot of instruction from you at first in order to learn the rules of the household. Training your puppy the right way, the first time, will ensure that your puppy grows up into a well behaved dog. In addition, a puppy that learns that rules of the household is a happy puppy.Dog House Training
The key to effectively house training a puppy is consistency. Unless you are prepared to devote a certain amount of time, effort, and patience, house training efforts will be frustrating.House training a puppy involves four basic steps:Feed on a schedule: Puppies, as do most animals, possess a reflex called the "gastro-colic reflex".Train Dogs to Fetch
Some dogs will naturally fetch objects, and other dogs seem to have no interest whatsoever in fetching. Training your dog to fetch may either be a quick lesson, or it may take a lot of time and patience; it just depends on the dog. Follow these steps below, always use positive reinforcement, and eventually you and your dog can have fun playing fetching games.Dog Begging
Dog begging habits develop in dogs when they are given people food tidbits while their owners are eating and if they are given a food reward when they beg. You can prevent this type of behavior in your dog by ensuring that your dog is not given food when it does try to beg and by never feeding your dog bits of food off of your plate.Dog Submissive Behavior
Submissive behavior can occur with some dogs, though each dog may react differently. The most common signs of overly submissive behaviors include:Smaller dogs may tend to show submissive behavior more than other breeds. They will sometimes shake or hide to show their fear.