One essential aim of maltese dog training is to raise a well-behaved pet free of different bad behaviors like chewing, digging and biting. But sadly, despite the effort exerted, training sometimes do not end up as planned. Problems show up along the way thus influencing the pet’s habits and the pet and owner bond in general.

But then again, no matter what the problem is, there’s always a chance to get rid of it so long as you know how to deal with it. Below are a few common problems and their suggested solutions:

Excessive barking.

Excessive barking is one of the most typical problems several dog owners are experiencing. It can be induced by various factors like boredom, anxiety, hunger, thirst, ailment or discomfort. But regardless of what caused it, it goes down to one thing – it can be disturbing not only to you but also to others living nearby. In order to stop your dog from barking excessively, determine first what brought on the problem. Do you think you’re feeding him enough food and providing quick access to fresh drinking water? Is he relaxed in his crate or he is sick and requires medical intervention? Once you have identified the reason for barking, teach him that barking excessively isn’t acceptable and will not earn him food rewards nor your interest. If he remains silent for a few seconds, giving of reward will help him figure out that he gets good things for being quiet thus in turn motivate him to repeat the deed.


We all know how it feels to see our favorite pair of shoes with holes, if not chewed into pieces. Annoying isn’t it? One easiest way to let your dog be aware that chewing is not tolerable is to distract him when you catch him in the act. Once distracted, carefully remove the stuff he is chewing and replace with chew toys. Reward him with praise or treat if he starts chewing the toy you provided. Eventually he will conquer this behavior especially when he’s past the teething stage. If you can’t supervise him constantly, it is best to keep your valuables out of his reach.


To a dog, jumping is one way of letting their humans and even their visitors be aware that he is very happy to see you. But a dog provided with proper maltese dog training knows that that’s not the case since jumping is not acceptable to humans. Although a maltese is less likely to topple you down when he jumps, it is still best to address the issue when possible. One tip is to keep your arrival low-key. When he starts to jump on you, stand still and don’t scold nor hit him. Behave as if nothing happened. This aims to make him determine that jumping will bring him no good.

Behavior problem is often the main cause an owner gives up his pet. However, he must know that behavior problem is treatable only if he knows how to deal with it. Moreover, the occurrence of these problems can be prevented altogether only if the owner is responsible enough to provide appropriate maltese dog training.


  • Gentle, Playful, Charming
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 37 of 191
  • Height: 7-9 inches
  • Weight: under 7 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Group: Toy Group

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