It’s Never Too Late to Improve Your Dog’s Behavior

It’s Never Too Late to Improve Your Dogs Behavior

If you are thinking, “It’s too late to train my dog”, know that it’s never too late to improve your dog’s behavior and for more reasons than you may think!

That leads me to this question for you: “What does your dog’s behavior say about your priorities?” You don’t have time or never had time to train your dog. You don’t have time to really walk your dog properly which all may mean: “How he acts is not high enough up on your priority list to do something about it, yet.”

It may take something extreme like getting a warning from your apartment manager about neighbor complaints regarding your barking dog. Suddenly you have to kick it up to the top of your priority list. The clock is ticking


It’s Never Too Late to Improve Your Dog’s Behavior


 But given that you are asking if it’s too late to improve your dog’s behavior, no, it’s really not too late. However, (and you knew this was coming) prevention is still the best cure. I guess that’s why they call it hind-sight. It’s 20/20.

If you have a crazy, rowdy dog it pays to train him when you first get him and keep up the training. You don’t want to become known as the person with the barky, hyper or interruptive dog.

That’s correct.

Sometimes people may make assumptions about you based solely on your dog’s energy and how he behaves. Don’t let your dog’s behavior suggest how someone might view you as a person. 

Do we have some dog training to do? 

Here are two descriptions of extreme “dog types” and both can be a source of embarrassment in different ways which I will talk about later.

But for now, what dog type best represents your dog’s personality? If your dog is in between, count your blessings. But if you recognize one of these two personalities in your dog, read on.

  1. Does high energy, hyper and wound up like an 8-day clock describe your dog? This same dog type could be barky, interruptive and always wanting your attention.
  2. Or is your dog cool, calm, collected and almost always submissive to a fault? Can you also call him affectionate and easy to be around? If the answer is yes, you may find yourself hanging out with your dog to excess. 

What’s next? 

Both dog types need structure and training for different reasons.

The bossy, pushy dog

The bossy, pushy dog all wound up and hyper is easily stressed without lots of structure. The stress he feels tends to surface in the form of his outward expression with unruly behavior that you notice today. He desperately needs structure, training and exercise for better control and toning down. 

The cool, calm and collected dog 

The dog type that is cool, calm, collected and wins your heart with affection may not show behavior issues as quickly as the bossy type.

The more submissive types tend to turn inward to express their insecurities (when developed) like:

  • house soiling,
  • destructive chewing,
  • self-mutilation (chewing mostly)
  • whining and or barking.

This dog type needs confidence boosting with lots of daily obedience training. Six minutes a day will do it. Three, 2 minute sessions of obedience training (sits and downs) will help you make great strides in your dog’s confidence.

Adding more structure (sits for food and affection) and a good exercise program will be a bonus. These new brisk walks will be a welcomed difference to lounging in front of the television all night.

But not paying attention to what all the free love and affection does can cause your dog to become very territorial keeping others (dogs and family members) away from your love and affection. 

Two dog types – same solution 

Assuming that no complex behavior problems have developed and that your bad dog behavior is just at the annoying, irritating level, it’s never too late to improve your dog’s behavior. Exude calm energy with the bossy, pushy dog and throttle back on your love and affection with your softer dog requiring sits for occasional petting.

Like I said before, prevention is the best cure. Starting when you first get your dog is always best. However, if your light bulb just came on and it is now a priority, for whatever reason (I won’t ask), structure, training and exercise will always turn out a better dog. Who knows, he may even surprise you!

Thanks for letting me share my dog training knowledge with you. Don’t be a stranger. I’d love to hear what you think. 

Remember: “Together, We Can Raise a Happy and Obedient Dog” 

Jim Burwell, Houston dog trainer for 25+ years, serving over 9000 clients, has a profound understanding of dog behavior and the many things, we as humans, do that influence that behavior – good or bad. Jim has the ability to not only steer dogs and puppies down the right path but to also train the owners to understand their part in having a great dog.

His Ground Rules for Great Dogs is your must have, easy step-by-step process to helping your dog. Be the dog owner your dog needs to be a great dog. Ground Rules gets you there. Grab them now.

9 replies
  1. Shenetta Cobb Collins
    Shenetta Cobb Collins says:

    Hello, thanks fir giving me hope. I have a 13 month red nose pitbull and he is so happy and loving with sooo much energy. Ive had him since he was 6 weeks….. he lives in house and gets my and my hubby love. We’ve created a monster. Lol. Since we allow hes a jumper…he wants to jump and lick everyone and he barks and crys when he dosnt get his way. Also he sleeps on my bed when i fall asleep…..ive seen him looking at me in the middle of the night and as soon as he thinks im asleep he jumps right up and finds a spot. Also he loses his mind when company comes. I just want to know how to keep him calm when i need him to be. Im tired of having to fight with him!!! Besides that hes a pretty good dog.

  2. shanda
    shanda says:

    Hi, my shih tzu is 8 yeas old and has become more of a mean dog to everyone besides me and my husband, we don’t have a lot of company so its always quiet in our house. I have to say that I don’t walk her as I should (I did walk her more before) but from the time I got her when she was around 8Weeks old she was already noise sensitive but she would allow people to pet her. The first incident was at the groomers that I was using and what happened is someone thought it was a good idea to I guess hit on the cage she was in and have her growling and biting at the anyone that passes by and now that’s has become a problem. So now she is cage aggressive, not friendly to dogs are humans (just recently seen her snap a another dog which she didn’t do that at first) and she doesn’t stop barking at company she hasn’t seen before, she now chases loud big trucks( ups trucks or any loud vehicle) but will never run off or anything like that. My goal is to socialize her to where she can travel and not be mean to people even if I have to leave her with a boarding I will know she is ok because leaving her pass 3 days at the boarder causes her to get nervous and sick so once m back from trying to relax I have to come back to her vomiting everywhere, so stressful ,I feel like she has no life because I cant take her anywhere and walking her is stressful as well because she always looking back and trying to dodge people behind and in front so I really need help and I have been searching for this help since she was 5 years of age, can you advise and point me to someone who really can help me?

  3. Jim Burwel
    Jim Burwel says:

    Natasha: first of all, every time you walk your dog and get him too close for his comfort level, you’ve set him up to fail. Your dog may never be great with other dogs. Find a postive reinforcement BEHAVIOR trainer with minimum 8 years experience to help you.

  4. natasha
    natasha says:

    I’m my dogs 3rd owner and was never socialised prior to me getting him. He is extremely aggressive towards other dogs. I have been used rewards bases training recommended by a trainer since December but have yet to see an improvement. I’m at a loss as what to do as I don’t trust other people to wall him and I can’t go away for even a weekend as no dog kennels will take him. My worst fear is that he will really hurt another dog so I always muzzle him just in case.

  5. Hayley Bell
    Hayley Bell says:

    I hope that it isn’t too late, my border terrier is 9 and has been aggressive with other dogs since being a pup. We did have another dog 11 but was put to sleep last Tuesday. I would eventually like to get another dog but need to sort his behaviour out first. What advice can you give me? I’m based in the uk.

  6. Jim Burwell
    Jim Burwell says:

    Hi Abigail, thanks for commenting. No, it’s not too late. Just start. Take it one step at a time. It’s not difficult, it doesn’t consume your entire day.
    You’re simply going to do what you already do with your dog—a little differently. But the change in your dog will be huge!

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.