Your Dog's Behaviour

A dog's behaviour can depend on a number of factors, including, its age, breed, past experiences and personality.

Training Your Dog

It is important to train your dog from an early age to help prevent unwanted behaviour. Training a dog using rewards is one such way. Also giving it praise when it responds to correction or switches from problem behaviour should also help encourage it to behave appropriately. It is important never to punish your dog. This can result in a nervous and frightened dog. Ways to Improve your Dog's Behaviour

  • It is recommended that your dog is exercised each day. This keeps it active, fit and stimulated.
  • Prevention is better than cure. Avoid situations which prompt bad behaviour.
  • Play is an important part of a dog's daily routine. It allows for interaction between its owner and other dogs. Make sure to have a range of safe toys, such as, frisbee, balls, rope and tugs. Also nylon chews are good for their teeth and gums.
  • Unneutered male dogs may have a higher level of sexual energy, which could result in the mounting of a human leg or furniture. Neutering may prevent unwanted behaviour.
  • Watch your dog's behaviour. If it changes or shows signs of stress or fear you should seek advice from a vet or an animal behaviourist.