1. Increase Structured Exercise - Meandering about the backyard doesn't use a dog's brain and does not push him to vigorously exercise in a structured way. Try regular walks or runs with your dog. Remember: A Tired Dog Is A Good Dog.
2. Increase Supervision - Tired of your dog doing things behind your back? The solution is simple - increase supervision and consider tethering (otherwise known as umbilical training). Tethering helps you teach the dog what is right and wrong immediately because he is no more than 6 feet away from you at any given time. When the dog is not tethered to you, crate him with appropriate toys.
3. Decrease Boredom - Provide toys such as frozen stuffed Kongs (the red snowman shaped toys), puzzles, bully sticks, etc to prevent boredom.
4. Learn To Earn & Nothing In Life Is Free (NILF) - Make your dog work for his food. You mean more to him when all good things come from you. Bonus - training and good behavior will come quickly when his attention is on you and your attention is on rewarding good behaviors.
5. Work On Engagement With Your Dog - Engagement is structured focus in various environments. Concentrated focus is often rewarded with toy play and bonding.
Written By Tameesha VanEtten On Saturday, June 6, 2015.