Basic Dog Behavior Topics - Michigan Humane Society

Basic Dog Behavior Topics

Learn to recognize common behavior problems and how to teach your dog a number of beneficial, desirable behaviors (loose-leash walking, coming when called, etc.) and learn how to teach your dog not to engage in unwanted behaviors (jumping on people, digging, etc.).

If your dog is acting out of character, your first step should be to see your veterinarian . A sudden change in pet behavior can often be caused by medical issues. For example, a dog that normally loves people might shy away if in pain.

Dealing with Your Dog's Fears and Phobias

October 3, 2016

Recognizing your dog’s behavior as fearful and helping him work through his fears is the most effective way to handle phobias.

Topic: Pet Health and Safety
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

How to House Train Your Dog

January 1, 2016

If your dog is having potty accidents in the house it may be the dog isn’t yet housebroken - or it may not.

Topic: Pet Training, Pet Behavior, Pet Care, Pet Care: New Pet Basics, Pet Health and Safety
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: General

Crate Training Your Dog

July 13, 2015

A dog left alone will make choices. Choices like: “Where should I urinate?” and “Should I chew up the rug or play with my toys?”

Topic: Pet Training, Pet Behavior, Pet Care, Pet Care: New Pet Basics
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

Teach Your Dog the Quiet Command

July 1, 2015

To teach this command, first you have to get your dog to bark.

Topic: Pet Training, Pet Care
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

How Do I Stop My Dog from Digging?

June 2, 2015

While digging is normal dog behavior, it may not be acceptable in your back yard or flower garden and can lead to danger if your pet escapes by digging under a fence.

Topic: Pet Training, Pet Behavior, Pet Care
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

Dogs and Barking

June 1, 2015

Dogs bark. Depending on the context, this may be a desirable or an undesirable behavior.

Topic: Pet Behavior, Pet Care
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

Teach Your Dog to Come When Called

April 22, 2015

Doors and gates can be accidentally left open. Being able to call your pet to you is a great way to help keep the peace.

Topic: Pet Care
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: General

How to Walk Your Dog on a Leash without the Pulling

April 21, 2015

Enjoy your walks with your dog! Use these training exercises and equipment to teach your dog to walk by your side (heel) on a loose leash.

Topic: Pet Training, Pet Behavior, Pet Care, Pet Care: New Pet Basics
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: General

Teach Your Dog to Greet People Politely

April 16, 2015

Does your dog jump or hide when meeting new people? Dogs are experts at telling us when they like new people and when they’re “not so sure.”

Topic: Pet Care
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: General

How to Keep Your Dog Safe While Driving

April 16, 2015

Dogs who ride in cars with their heads out the window are at risk of getting bugs, tiny pebbles, and other items in their eyes, ears, and mouths.

Topic: Pet Care
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: General

How to Stop Destructive Chewing

April 16, 2015

Dogs chew. It is what they do. Teach your dog to direct its natural urge to chew toward appropriate chew toys.

Topic: Pet Care
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: General

Teach Your Dog to Sit

April 2, 2015

You’ll be surprised at how quickly your dog catches on.

Topic: Pet Training, Pet Care, Pet Care: New Pet Basics
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

Teach Your Dog to High Five

April 2, 2015

If you want to teach your dog to give you a “high five,” just follow these easy steps.

Topic: Pet Training
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

Puppy Mouthing or Play-Biting

April 1, 2015

Puppies have needle-sharp teeth and seem to enjoy chewing on hands, arms, toes, pant legs, shirt sleeves and anything else they can get their mouths on.

Topic: Pet Behavior, Pet Care: New Pet Basics
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

Dogs and Separation Anxiety

April 1, 2015

Separation anxiety is a condition suffered by some dogs who simply cannot be left alone without doing damage to their surroundings, to themselves, or both.

Topic: Pet Behavior, Pet Health and Safety
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

Teach Your Dog to Look at You

April 1, 2015

Getting your dog to look at you on command is an invaluable tool.

Topic: Pet Training, Pet Behavior, Pet Care
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

Defusing Possessive Aggression

April 1, 2015

Possessive aggression (object/food bowl guarding) can be one of the more treatable forms of aggression in dogs if it is caught early.

Topic: Pet Behavior, Pet Health and Safety
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

Teach Your Dog to Play Fetch

April 1, 2015

Throw the ball, have your dog return it.

Topic: Pet Training
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

Recognizing Canine Aggression

March 31, 2015

Aggression in dogs is usually serious. An aggressive dog can be a danger to you, to other people, to other animals, and to himself.

Topic: Pet Behavior, Pet Health and Safety
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

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