Even the most experienced dog owners get annoyed or tired with certain behavior problems that their pets have. Some dog owners just don’t fully understand what causes their pet to behave like that. Chewing, biting and barking are just the common behaviors that are usually mishandled and misunderstood. By understanding what causes them to behave that way and a good foundation in obedience training, you can prevent or have a better control on your dog’s behavior problem.
Most dogs while, howl and bark to some extent, but too much barking can be considered as a behavior problem. It’s important to figure out why your dog is barking to start with. It could be its way to alert you or warn you about something, a sign of excitement or playfulness, an attempt to get your attention, or it could be because of boredom, anxiety or when it responds to other dogs. Once you figure out what’s causing your dog to bark, it’ll be easier for you to calm them down. Teach them quiet commands. This might take some time, but you need to be patient and consistent.
Chewing is very natural for dogs, however an obsession over it is a bit strange. If your dog is a chewer, expect the edges of your furniture to chip off, your shoes to get destroyed and bite marks on anything they can get their jaws on. Puppies often chew because they’re teeth are still growing, which is the same as human babies when they’re teething. Older dogs become excessive chewers when they’re bored and have too much pinned up energy, anxious, or when they’re curious. Encouraging your dog to chew on a chew toy and nothing else is the best way to stop them. Give them a variety of toys and keep your things away from them until they can identify what to chew on and what not to chew on.
For dog owners who also keep a garden in their lawn or backyard, digging is one of the biggest behavior problems they have to deal with amongst their dogs. Digging is commonly driven by instinct. There are some dog breeds that love to dig, especially when they were historically used for hunting. Some dogs also dig as a way for them to seek comfort, such as pregnant dogs who are looking for a spot to give birth or when they want to cool off. They also dig because they feel anxious or afraid and they want an escape. Giving them more exercise is a good way to minimize their digging. You can also train them to dig in specific areas, like sand boxes.
Inappropriate defecation and urination are the most annoying and frustration problem behaviors dogs have. They damage areas in your home, it makes it untidy and your dog may also become unwelcome in other people’s home or even public places. It’s important that heath issues are ruled out first. Once it’s established as purely a behavior issue, identify what causes the dog to do the behavior. Common reasons are territorial marking, attention-seeking, anxiety, and lack of proper training in housebreaking. Although this is unavoidable in puppies, older dogs can be taught otherwise. Serious behavior correction and modification is needed to break them from this habit.
The most common behavior problem, separation anxiety causes a domino effect of behaviors which are all problematic. Dogs who suffer from this commonly begin to act up minutes before their owners leave. They often do things to get their owners attention and even go as far as getting aggressive. This behavior problem needs dedicated training sessions, behavior modification techniques and desensitization exercises. Some vets even recommend medication for extreme cases. However this is a last resort.