How to Stop Dog Behavior Problems

You have a new dog, or you’ve had a dog for a while. You have no idea how to stop some of the dog’s behavior that you disagree with. Even when you respond the dog does the same thing over and over.

Here you will learn how to deal with common behavior problems from a principle’s standpoint.

How do you discipline a dog?

This is a loaded question to say the least. Everybody likes to minimize the meaning of definition to fit into something specific. The truth is that discipline happens in multiple ways and you should use them all.

  1. Correction
  2. Consistent rules
  3. Exercise

When a dog does something that isn’t allowed you can correct with a verbal “no”. Whenever that isn’t enough you will need to move into a physical correction to only get the dogs attention. That’s it! Once you get the dogs attention then you can proceed to finish the correction by making the dog sit or lay.

Consistent rules that are always addressed always is an outstanding way to discipline a dog and build respect. The reason why the dog respects the rules is because you have shown respect to the rules by enforcing them.

Lastly, when you have an issue, I always recommend you look at how much exercise you’ve been giving the dog lately. If none, correct this first and then the behavior. If you do exercise but the last few weeks haven’t gotten around to it the dog is telling you, they need more by their behavior. Ultimate Guide to Walk a Dog will assist in techniques to use on the walk for complete control.

You will be surprised by how often the last rule is broken. I still break it to be honest. The difference is that I have the awareness to correct it immediately while other owners may not be aware of the discrepancy.

To Train Your Puppy Without Discipline Pet Cube has a great resource.

Training Sessions

German Shepherd training on leash

When something needs repetition, you need to make a training session and make the dog repeat the behavior over and over. You are repeating to get an understanding of how to teach and the dog is learning.

When you do a training session the dog and owner are both learning and at the end the dog should be doing the exercise correctly before stopping. In addition, check out Top 10 Commands to Teach Your Dog if commands this guide is for behavior.

Owning an Item

A strong part of teaching behavior is to make sure the dog knows that items don’t belong to him at all. Once this is established you will get into a phase where you can teach the dog whatever you want. This section will show you how to make the dog leave things alone for good! We will address the following with this technique

  1. Dog is dashing out of door
  2. Chewing
  3. Digging
  4. Begging
  5. Jumping on Bed
  6. Stealing Food
  7. Personal Space
  8. Biting
  9. Excessive licking
  10. Mounting

Dog is Dashing Out of the Door

Set up a training session that shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes. Do this exercise both on and off leash. On leash inside of the house and off leash outside of the house.

Open the door and request that the dog leaves it alone. When the dog attempts to enter or exit a door consistently tell them to stop until you give them the command.

The key to this training is your timing. Every time the door steps towards the door correct them. When the dog starts to ignore the door then give them permission to come inside the door.

In this video the trainer shows how his dogs are staying the gate while he’s leaving it open


Shar PEi chewing on rope

When you come into a room and the dog has chewed up an item. Let’s say it’s a shoe. You want to throw the item somewhere around the dog but not too close.

Correct when the dog looks at the item.

Walk over the item and request that the dog walk away from the shoe.

At this point you told the dog not to look at the show and claimed the shoe as your own.

Once you do this take the shoe in the backyard and different areas in the house and continue to disagree with the dog looking at the shoe. Very shortly the dog will start ignoring the shoe effectively ending the exercise.


You must watch your dog from the window when they have an issue of digging. This comes from boredom, so you want to exercise more immediately. If you need to correct them let them outside and supervise until you see them digging.

Come outside the moment one paw starts digging and correct them very early in the process. After you come outside and correct them make sure they sit or lay.

To key to stopping digging is the timing of the correction. Yelling way after won’t teach them to stop because you need to prevent the behavior not yell after it has been accomplished.


Soon as a dog is coming towards you utilize the prevention method we teach. Prevent the dog from getting anywhere near you. You should have a big bubble around you the dog isn’t allowed to cross when you start eating food.

The dog will start walking towards you, so you correct every step and make they stay a large distant away from you. Every time you must get up make sure you make them sit or lay before you go back and sit down.

Persistent behavior, or a big back and forth, is telling you something and you should listen. Exercise the dog and then do this exercise. Always demand space rather you’re eating or if you are putting the dogs food and water into their bowl. Demand space.

Jumping on bed

When a dog is accustomed to jumping on the bed you have two issues. You must establish that it is not allowed while also providing the new area you want them to go.

Some dogs will growl and become somewhat aggressive because they want to claim their spot. Put a leash on those dogs and the second they get on the bed move them to the doggy bed without putting your hand in the mix.

The same prevention method will be used here. Prevent the dog from ever getting on the bed in the first place. Dogs understand prevention not correction of something you already allowed.

Soon as they look at the bed correct and when they take one step towards the bed correct. Disagree with the direction of travel and that is the key to stopping the bed jumping.

Exercise if there is a big back and forth with the dog. That should lower the fight the dog wants to put up setting you both up for success.

To learn Stop Dog from Jumping there are similar in nature minus the bed of course J.

Stealing Food

Put your plate right in front of the dog with a little distant. Make sure the food is something he would steal from the plate. When the dog looks at the plate correct. If he gets up correct him. And if he takes one step towards the plate correct him.

When the dog stands up make sure he sits or lays down. Repeat this exercise until the dog refuses to look at the plate.

When they do that you can then reward.

Personal Space

Use your body to claim your personal space. Walk into the dog and that will make them walk out of your area. When they walk and give a certain amount of distant make them sit or lay down afterwards.

Continue to repeat this until the dog, by second nature, gives you the space you want and need.

Remember: Prevent the dog from ever getting in your space in the first place. Correction are more about timing than force.


A dog should never put his mouth on an owner whether playing or serious. Dogs use the bite to correct and the dog shouldn’t be correcting the owner. The best thing for an owner to do is to correct the behavior every time.

When a dog is biting move them out of your personal space and correct them. Follow them until they sit down or lay down sending a strong message that you will not tolerate biting of any kind.

Keep the dog that is play biting or nipping out of your personal space. The dog should only get pet and attempt to lick an owner but never put his teeth on you.

Take this type of behavior seriously because it can evolve into something stronger in the future.

Excessive licking

Whenever a dog is licking excessively you want to move them immediately. Get them outside of your bubble and keep them away to minimize the need for licking you too much.

You can correct or just move them right away.

The main thing you should understand is that you want to exercise them more. They may be using the licking to release their energy. Keep them exercised twice a day and see if the combination of all three can eliminate the behavior.


Prevent the dog from getting near you when they have showed that they want to mount. When the dog does accomplish wrapping their legs around you correct all the way.

Dogs mount to dominate and there is no reason for a dog to mount and dominate a human. Getting the dog neutered or spayed can assist in decreasing the behavior from a primal standpoint.

Exercise should be looked at to see if you have not established yourself as the leader. When the dog looks at you as the leader you will not be subjected to being humped by them.


There is something called discipline and dog owners should use it in multiple ways. You should correct the dog verbally and increase intensity if needed. Always use the lowest level possible.

When it comes to solving behavior issues it isn’t as easy as just correct.

You must correct with impeccable timing or what we like to call prevention. Once you understand the timing that is in line with preventing the event from taking place you have became elite at telling your dog “no”.
Other times you need to let the dog know not to look at items during training sessions.
That goes in line with the prevention model.

Exercise your dog before you start any of these training sessions at least once. If you exercise them twice once in the morning and once in the evening and then did the training session you are really setting your dog up for success.

Remember setting the dog up for success is 50% of the battle and you want to take as many easy wins as possible.

As always train your own dogs always provides more information than you will usually find on these same topics.