How To Manage Very Territorial Dogs

Dogs are very instinctual animals. When they bark, chase and dig, these behaviours are dictated by their natural instincts. Some dogs are also instinctively territorial, which may cause some unacceptable behaviour issues at home or at the local dog park. Although territorial behaviour can sometimes be a good thing, some dogs could turn it into something negative if not controlled.

Puppies could start asserting their territorial behaviour starting from the age of two weeks. A young puppy may claim a cage, puppy bed, crate, or the whole backyard as his personal territory. The territory could become bigger, as your dog becomes an adult. He may show territorial behaviour over the entire home as wellas his owner. When a dog is becoming very territorial, it’s possible that he is suffering from anxiety.

Residential Dog Training Liverpool

It is important to use residential dog training Liverpool as a tool to train your dog that man-made boundaries have higher priority over his territorial instinct. Just because your dog assumes that the whole house is his territory, it doesn’t mean that he can freely enter the kitchen or your bedroom. Territorial behaviour can turn quite negative if dog is always kept in a pen or small fenced yard, especially if there are no other dogs that share the territory. Anxiety can happen if your dog is always trapped and has little opportunity to explore other areas. Free-ranging dogs that spend most of their time outdoors are much less territorial. They won’t act aggressively toward people or other dogs due to territorial reasons.

Setting A Boundary

Owners may allow dog to set a boundary by using urine and scent to mark their territories. The dog will re-mark the territory regularly, until territorial boundaries are affirmed in his mind. If you want to have a guard dog that deters trespassers and potential criminals from entering your property, then he needs to assert his territorial claim. This will allow the dog to fiercely defend the home by barking and threatening a trespasser. When the dog barks, owners can be notified about a potential problem. It is important to acknowledge and praise the dog for proper territorial behaviour. However, it is also essential to train the dog to not physically attack anyone. If the owner tells the dog to quiet down, he needs to respond immediately. It can be achieved if the owner always assumes a role as pack leader. The dog can have proper territorial behaviour if he isn’t deprived of healthy human contact. A territorial guard dog can still be friendly to strangers, if the owner tells him to do so.

Residential dog training can help reduce your dog’s territorial behaviour to more manageable, normal levels. This can also help keep your dog much happier by reducing the stress and anxiety they might be feeling.

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