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Submissive Dog Training

Submissive dog behavior is evident when the dog has its tail between its legs, when it rolls over or urinates in fear as you go towards it to pet it or if it licks its lips frequently when in contact with people.

Some breeds are naturally submissive, while submissiveness also occurs when dogs have been abused consistently by previous owners. Submissive dog behavior training involves being friendly towards your dog and never to be too hard on it as this will only reduce it to a quivering mess. Ignore submissive behavior and do not shower your dog with praise or reward it when submissive.

Take care to not stand over your dog and speak to it. When you wish to communicate drop down to its level and it is important to remember that punishing an already cowed down dog will not work. Submissive dogs may bite out of fear and hence owners must be careful as to how they treat their pet when out in company.

Reassure the dog when with strangers. Reward the dog with dog biscuits or some of its favorite foods as you try to get it to be more confident and sit up straight.

Dog behavior training would depend upon the kind of personality your dog has. Dog obedience training will involve rewarding them when she or he has obeyed a command and the dog will slowly internalize this as something with a positive outcome at the end. If you have made rules for the dog, sticking to them is necessary as changing rules can only confuse the dog. Regular meal times and walk times will have to be scheduled and enforced as well as ground rules on who feeds the dog and so on. The training will have to be streamlined to combat dog behavior problems. The most common behavior problems are barking incessantly, chewing on furniture, digging up the garden to the point where it is almost re-landscaped, begging for table scraps, separation anxiety when the owner leaves for work, chasing cars, other pets and people, aggression, jumping up and biting. Dog behavior training for these problems is varied. For instance, aggression which is a common problem can stem from breed characteristics, if the dog is bred from aggressive parents or if it has been mistreated in the past. Sometimes an internal health ailment can also cause the aggression. Consult your vet to first rule out a health issue and then use an experienced dog trainer to help train your dog.

  Submitted on May 7, 2010