In many ways handling your dog is not dissimilar to bringing up children. Both are happier and safer when they know where the boundaries are, and you both reap the benefits of a positive relationship of love, respect and trust.
Thus it follows that understanding and dealing with typical dog behavior problems will be an incredible help in getting your dog training techniques right from the outset.
It must be borne in mind that different dog behavior problems apply to different breeds. It is common knowledge that certain breeds tend to be more aggressive than others, for example, just like smaller dogs tend to bark more easily when they feel vulnerable or threatened.
While this is true, it is worth considering all of the most common problems which dog owners face so that you are able to see the wider picture of how to handle these problems appropriately.
Probably the first behavior problem most owners experience is separation anxiety, particularly as puppies are obviously more needy and insecure than older dogs. This problem is normal for most dogs considering that they are inherently pack animals and it is unnatural for them to be alone.
Added to this is the fact that if there is a sudden change in routine for the dog, especially when it is young, they can soon become incredibly anxious.
Indeed dogs which have been abandoned or neglected are inevitably traumatized from their terrifying experience, and this will stay with them for life.
So bear in mind what background your dog comes from when handling the behavior problems they might have.
Once they grow up a little, another big dog behavior problem in young dogs is excessive barking. Of course, it is just as natural for dogs to bark as it is for us to talk, but this barking has to be kept under control.
Indeed many of the reasons why dogs bark in the first place are similar to why we talk or shout, such as expressing their needs and wants, when looking for attention, and also alerting others when he is hurt or in danger, to name but a few.
But failing to control barking, or even worse, rewarding barking with attention and giving in to their demands can seriously undermine your authority and your relationship with him.
What are some dog behaviors?
Other common dog behavior issues include hyperactivity, aggression towards other people or dogs, chewing problems and running away.
All of the latter can be overcome by undertaking a diligent dog training routine which establishes your role as leader of the pack, effectively, and cementing a positive relationship between the two of you.
Discussing the above mentioned problems and indeed many others with any dog owner or trainer will help you in firstly understanding why they occur, and thus take the appropriate steps in solving these dog behavior problems for good.
You will both be much happier as a result. Indeed a relationship of mutual respect and trust is vital to set the foundations of a solid and successful dog-owner relationship.