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Behavior problem

by Jonathan

I have a 5 years old Maltese. He's very cute, and my all famlies love him very much. But "KT" has one serious behavior problem that he likes the treat too much. He wants to have the treat whenever he wants. Otherwise, he will pees on floor or even furniture( AND, he thinks he has the right to eat, and doesn't regret about what he does). What should we do to change his bad habit? Or should we give him some kind of punishment?


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Jonathon, Have you searched the archives or looked through the discussions still posted? There is so much information on this site that surely you will run into something to be of help. Is your KT neutered? I am no expert but have heard others talk about the tendancy of un-neutered dogs to mark their territory, so you will want to be positive the two things(not getting treats and going potty) are linked. As well, are you sure that there is no urine or bladder infection going on, as those can make a dog go very frequently. Also, I would encourage you to think in terms of negative reinforcement rather than punishment. Our little ones are bright, but usually do not need anything harsh to teach them. Again, the archives will be a good resource. I sympathize with you, as my Theo is very demanding for treats, as well. Unfortunately, he is dieting now, due to my not realizing how fast those treats add up calorie wise. One thing we did do, which our vet has said is ok, is to change from dog treats to carrot sticks. Even our new rescue Maltese loves them, and you can chop them small to extend them. I would encourage you to check with your vet to see about his weight and approve any dietary changes such as the carrots. Good luck-this sounds like an important thing to figure out, for the health of KT as well as the furniture!

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