Dealing with Attention-Seeking Behaviors in Dogs Page 2

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Watch for New Canine Attention-Seeking Behaviors

Dogs who are bright enough to develop attention-seeking behaviors in the first place may catch on to the fact that you’re making some changes. They may then try to create a few new attention-seeking behaviors that get better results.

For example, if Bones decided his stare was no longer working, he might begin nosing me in the leg, pawing at my arm, or whining. If I reacted because whining was a new behavior he might decide to whine each time he wants something. That would be even more annoying than the staring!

However, if you are aware that this might happen, you can be prepared. You can ignore or respond to any new behaviors in the way that’s best for you, rather than the manner in which your dog prefers.

We hope these tips help you deal with attention seeking behaviors in your dog.


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