After reading the book Dog Training for DUMMIES I found one good tip all dog owners should know about Preventing Bad Habits for your dog. Loneliness is perhaps the most difficult problem to overcome. By necessity, many dogs are left alone at home anywhere between eight to ten hours a day! Which means they have nothing to do but mischief. So, actually staying home much more often will help your dog overcome mischief. Fortunately, in addition with spending quality time with your dog, you can so some things to help him overcome loneliness like good company, good exercise, and obviously, good training! If you leave your own dog for that much time, you shouldn’t really do owning a dog… but if you do as stated above, that just might help one step of the way.