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Problems You Can Solve

Now we've come to the reasons for surrender that we can do something about with either Training, Exercise, or Management. Solutions can be found for almost every reason you can come up with to get rid of your pet. It takes a willingness on your part to find the solution and then implement it. I'll give you solutions, your job will be to put them to work. Like I said in my introduction page, I've never encountered a problem that couldn't be solved with a little thought and planning.
Housebreaking Issues

This problem can be solved with both management and training. Both approaches are needed to be successful. You need to manage the puppy or dog as well as his environment, while he is learning what you want of him. Go to my "Housebreaking and Crate Training" page to learn my method. It has worked successfully for every dog I've ever had, without exception.
Destructive Or Unruly Behavior

Dogs that chew, dig, jump, nip or bite, bark excessively, or are escape artists can be very difficult to live with. They can try the most patient person and can sometimes cause injury with their unruly behavior. It doesn't mean that the dog is a "Bad Dog", only an very untrained dog.

First go to my "Well Mannered Dog" page for some basic rules to turn you into a great dog trainer. Then go down to my "Everyday Use of Commands" to learn how to solve these common problems. After that go to "Solving Behavior Problems" to address many other problems. You'll be amazed at how easy it really is with the proper techniques.
Won't Listen Or Doesn't Behave

Training is important. Dogs that don't listen or behave can usually benefit from obedience classes or private training. You can find dog trainers in your area by going to my "Puppy Train" site and checking out the links page for dog trainers. Also check out the training classes I offer in Jacksonville, Florida. Your dog will also benefit from learning more manners and using everyday commands to establish you as the "ALPHA" person in the pack.

If you don't have the time or money to take your dog through an obedience class you can still train him by yourself. Go to my Online Dog Training Lessons and begin training your dog at home for FREE. You will find the entire obedience course that I teach in all of my beginning classes.
Aggressive Behavior

Aggression can come from many sources. It can be caused by "resource guarding", "fear", "dominance", or something more common like "Leash or border" aggression. Aggression based on fear or dominance can be difficult to change once they become an established behavior. Only a qualified animal behaviorist should be consulted in a situation such as this.

A dog that has been properly socialized is less likely to develop aggressive behaviors, because he is comfortable with his environment. Go to my " Socialize your Dog" page to learn how to properly socialize your dog. Dog aggression can usually be taken care of with proper socialization.

Also, check out the section under "Everyday Use of Commands" about the Food Bowl and Food Aggression. This problem can be successfully overcome with patience and determination
No One Takes Care Of Pet

It's important to have a family meeting and decide on all the rules that surround the addition of a new dog to the family BEFORE the dog comes home. Small children under the age of 10 should not be responsible for the care of the new pet. Jobs can be divided up according to age and ability, HOWEVER, the ultimate responsibility for the proper care of the pet lands on the shoulders of the adults in the family.

Training of the dog should be the responsibility of the adults or teenage children, but all the children should learn how to give commands and get the dog to do things like, "Sit", "Down", and "Come", based on their age and ability. It becomes the responsibility of the parents to make sure the dog listens and responds to the children in the family.
Dog Is Alone All The Time, No Time For Dog

This can certainly be a problem as well as an issue of "GUILT" for people. Keep in mind that pets don't have a sense of time like we do. They can't tell the difference between 4 hours and 8 hours. They know you're gone and that you will eventually return. That's enough for them.

There are two things to keep in mind. First, you can't expect a dog to be confined for an extended amount of time without a break. Second, you can't let a dog run loose in the house unless your are 100% sure that the dog is housetrained and well behaved.

Most adult dogs could go for about six hours without a potty break. Of course, there is always the possibility of a problem caused by digestive upset. You could come home to an unexpected "MESS." Puppies need more breaks, due to their young age. They can't be expected to hold it the way an adult dog could. Check out my "Housebreaking and Crate Training" page.

If you work all day and are gone for extended periods of time, why not take advantage of the new and ever-growing availability of pet sitters, dog walkers and doggy day care facilities. If that's too expensive a proposition, you might consider getting a neighbor or an older, responsible neighbor kid to help you out. Kids are always looking for ways to earn spending money. Your pets will probably enjoy the youthful companionship.

Lastly, you might try to get home during your lunch break to let the dog out to exercise a little bit. Here's a chance to get out of the office and enjoy your pet.

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