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When dog owners seek out dog behaviour correction tips, chances are that they have experienced one (or more) of the following common unwanted behaviours: barking, chewing, getting up on your counters, pulling on their leash during walks, and jumping up against you or guests that enter your home. 

If you want to know how to correct these behaviours, then you’ve come to the right place. 

Common Unwanted Dog Behaviours & How To Correct Them


Of course, almost every dog is prone to barking. It’s in your pup’s nature to vocalise a lot of their wants, needs and fears this way. But repeated or incessant barking can quickly become a problem for a lot of owners. 

Barking could be a sign of boredom, fear, and sometimes can be indicative of an aggression problem. To correct this unwanted behaviour, you may need to teach your dog a command like “no barking” to let them know you’re unhappy with their behaviour. 

It’s important to use your command quietly and calmly. Once your dog has a firm grasp on its command, you won’t need to raise your voice to get it to listen. You can actually make your dog’s barking habits worse by acting overly excited.


Chewing is normal behaviour for dogs, and, in particular, in teething puppies. However, this behaviour can easily get out of hand and become destructive without proper guidance.  

If your dog has a tendency to chew anything in sight, then you need to train your dog to understand the difference between objects that it is and isn’t allowed to chew. 

For example, you can give your dog pet-appropriate toys like squeaky toys, plush toys, and even bones to keep them stimulated and entertained. You’ll also need to move anything else that could potentially be destroyed out of your dog’s reach. 

One of the most common reasons dogs chew is out of boredom. If you successfully redirect their behaviour and give them other objects to gnaw on, your pup should begin to learn the difference between chewing on their squeaky toy and chewing on your expensive shoes. 

Getting Up On Counters

If your dog is a little more mischievous than others, you’ve probably found them up on your kitchen counters scrounging around for food scraps or leftovers. This behaviour often results from giving your dog food while preparing your dinner or by feeding them scraps off of the counter. 

Make sure that you only give your dog food at the appropriate time and out of their dog bowl. By doing so, you can quickly curb this behaviour. 

However, it may take a longer time to perfect this dog behaviour correction if you are still leaving tasty tidbits on the counters for them to find! So, try to keep your counters free from food when you’re not there. 

Pulling On Their Leash

Taking your dog for a walk is not only a good way for you to relieve their pent-up energy, but it’s also a fun, relaxing way to improve your own health and fitness and bond with your pup! 

When your walks start to feel like a game of tug-of-war rather than a stroll with your best friend, it may be time to assess the reasons your dog may be pulling on their leash. 

Dogs will often tug at their leash as a reaction to you having tugged or pulled first. Rather than trying to control an over-excited dog by tugging on their leash, you can train them to heel by stopping whenever they pull away from you. Only start walking when they are once again by your side. 

You can also walk at a slower pace and hold the leash tighter to the side of your body. This way, your dog will walk next to you instead of in front of you. You can reward their behaviour through clicker or treat training. 

Jumping Up Against Owners And Guests

Although it may seem like a sweet display of affection and attention, not everyone enjoys having their dog jump up against them. It may also become a safety issue if your dog is around small children.

If your dog knows how to sit or stay, then you can use these commands to rectify the behaviour. You can also ignore your dog when they are jumping, and only offer them affection once they are sitting or have calmed down. 


If your dog displays any signs of these common unwanted dog behaviours, you may need to contact a professional trainer to assist you in dog behaviour correction

If you want to successfully train your dog but you don’t know where to start, don’t worry! Allbreeds has fully qualified and trained staff that can assist you in correcting your dog’s unwanted behaviours from the comfort of your own home. 

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