Does he bark all night long and keeps you from sleeping?
Are you afraid he is going to keep biting?
Does he chew everything except his toys?
If the answer to any of these questions are yes you need to invest some time into a little bit of dog behavior training. A little training will go a long way.
Dogs that bark can be extremely irritating but the main thing is not to loose your cool, if you shout at him he will try to shout louder than you. Try and find out the cause of his barking.
Is he barking because he is afraid?
Is he happy?
Is there someone out there?
If you can’t find the reason for the barking then he is doing it because he doesn’t know it is wrong to bark all the time. This is where dog behavior training comes in.
Many dog trainers choose positive reinforcement (reward) as a means of behavior modification over negative feedback.
Most pet owners can’t fathom causing pain to their pet. But even with the ability to control the intensity of the correction, you are still using aversion behavior modification. We are talking here about the many products available to help dogs with constant barking, there are special collars which gives them the tiniest of electric shocks so they know that it isn’t good to bark.
On their own, shock collars don’t reinforce good behavior with a positive reward such as your affection, verbal approval (“Good boy!”) or a tasty treat.
So while a collar may effectively deter negative behaviors like jumping on visitors or running after the mail carrier, it doesn’t reward positive behavior such as sitting patiently or obeying a command to “Stay!”. As with any training, you should always reinforce positive behavior with a reward of affection, playtime or a small treat.
A biting dog is maybe one of the more serious behavior problems, especially now that the laws are tightened and any dog that bites someone is more than likely to get put down.
Teaching your dog not to bite is one of the most important teachings you can give him. This is where you have to be firm and stick to your guns. When playing with a young dog they will automatically nip and gnaw at your hand this is because when dogs play together they play with their mouths.
When teaching your dog not to bite stroke him with one hand while offering something which is acceptable to be bitten with the other hand, something like a chew toy or a raw hide treat.
Your dog will soon realize that hands aren't there for biting. This process has to be done repeatedly for it to take effect.
Dog behavior training is simple enough for the experienced dog lover but when it comes to beginners all the help available is needed.
Accept help from friends and family and maybe even enroll in a dog behavior training class, this will help you to meet other people, having the same problems with their dogs that you are with yours.
You are not alone when it comes to having trouble with dog behavior problems. Every dog will get them, it's just a matter of how you fix them.