We've all met that dog mom, who believes her precious baby could never do wrong, despite countless warning signs. Unfortunately, this is the case for most parents of misbehaved dogs. Though living in pure bliss and happiness may be working for them, their dog's issues are having some serious effects on its life outside of home.
If you are reading this and think to yourself: "This article is not for me," then we suggest you continue. Acceptance is the first step in moving toward a brighter, more well behaved future for your dog.
This statement is 100% false. Every person, dog, animal, or environment your dog interacts with is affected by its negative behavior.
Socialization is key in developing a well-rounded, confident dog. However, if your dog is acting out every time it encounters other dogs, those dogs may begin to develop their own social issues, such as anxiety and fear aggression. Dogs can be traumatized by negative experiences. So ensuring that your dog is on its best behavior around others is VERY important.
Your dog's attitude and actions toward humans will also have an affect on the way it is received.
Again, another dangerously false statement.
If you and your dog participate in activities like daycare, or boarding, your dog will be treated according to its behavior. Daycare attendants, and boarding staff are not trained professionals, qualified to work on your dog's behavioral issues. If your dog acts out toward other dogs or people, it will have less interaction with both.
Bad behavior at daycares and kennels is not tolerated.
If your dog is aggressive, or "too much" for the other dogs, then it will most likely spend the majority of its time in isolation, or supervised play with minimal contact.
This one may be the worst of all!
Yes, dogs go through phases, much like humans. However, they will not just pass on their own. Behavioral issues start as early as birth, and must be trained out of the dog. Some issues will take more work than others, but all must be treated as equally important.
Behavioral patterns like mounting and marking might seem like harmless growth hurdles, but may stick with a dog for the entirety of its life. Mounting is a sign of dominance and can develop into aggression. Other dogs will also be affected by these issues, exposing your dog to higher risks of being attacked.
Your dog's safety is dependant on its behavior, as well as others.
Yes, it is.
No, it's not.
There are so many resources available to help you help your dog become the best dog it can be. You owe it to your dog and yourself to help it reach its fullest potential.