Barking, biting, chewing and many other common dog behavior problems are often misunderstood by dog owners. Perhaps you are new to parenting or simply want to better understand and manage your dog. A thorough understanding of the most common dog behavior problems is the first step towards solving and preventing them. A solid foundation of obedience training can help you prevent or better control these problems.
Most dogs bark, howl and whine with some frequency and power. Excessive barking is considered a problematic dog behavior. Before you can correct the barking, determine the origin of these sounds. These are the most common types of barking:
- Playfulness and excitement;
- Demanding attention.
Learn to control excessive barking. Be consistent and patient. Also consider teaching silence commands. Deepening and attention to detail can help you root out this problem.
Chewing is natural for all dogs. However, it can quickly become a behavior problem if your dog starts chewing on anything. The most common causes of chewing in dogs are:
- Teething in puppies;
- Boredom or excess energy;
- Curiosity (especially in puppies).
Train your dog to chew the right things by providing plenty of chew toys. Keep personal belongings away from her. When you’re not at home, keep your dog in a crate or place with the least items.
If you catch your dog chewing the wrong thing, scold, then replace the item with a chew toy. The most important thing you can do is make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise so that he can spend all of his energy in a different direction.
Digging is a matter of instinct. Some breeds, such as terriers, are more likely to dig due to their hunting instincts. In general, most dogs dig for the following reasons:
- Boredom or excess energy;
- Anxiety or fear;
- Hunting instinct;
- Search for comfort (for example, humidity or cooling);
- Hiding objects (such as bones or toys);
- To escape or access a new space.
If your dog is digging holes, try to determine the cause of the dig, and then try to eliminate that source. Spend more time with your dog, give him more exercise, and work on additional commands. If digging is unavoidable, outline an area where your dog will be allowed to dig.
Excessive anxiety due to separation
Anxiety is one of the most frequently discussed dog behavior problems. Its manifestations include howling, chewing, improper urination and defecation, and other forms that occur when a dog is separated from its owner. Not all of these actions are the result of anxiety about the owner’s departure. Signs of true separation concern include:
- The dog begins to worry when the owner prepares to leave;
- Inappropriate behavior occurs in the first 15-45 minutes after the owner leaves;
- The dog wants to constantly monitor the owner.
- The dog tries to touch the owner whenever possible.
A true concern about separation requires special training, behavior modification, and exercise. Medication can be recommended in extreme cases, but this should be the last resort.
Excessive urination and defecation are some of the most unpleasant behaviors in dogs. It is very important that you discuss this behavior with your veterinarian in order to rule out health problems. If no medical cause is found, try to identify the cause of the behavior that could lead to the following:
- Urination due to excitement;
- Desire to mark territory;
- Demanding attention;
- Lack of proper space to empty the house.
Unwanted bowel movements are unavoidable in puppies, especially before 12 weeks of age. Adult dogs are the result of your training, therefore, pay extra attention in order to train the dog in the correct behavior.
Begging is a bad habit, but many dog owners do encourage it. This can lead to digestive problems and obesity. Dogs ask because they love food. Yes, it is difficult to resist this, however, if you do not respond to begging from your pet, he will not ask for more food than he needs to satisfy his hunger.
Before sitting down at the table, ask your dog to go to his seat, preferably where he cannot look at you. If necessary, confine your dog to another room. If she continues to behave in the same way, you can feed her only after you finish eating.
The dog’s desire to chase moving things is simply a manifestation of a predatory instinct. Many dogs will chase other animals, people and cars. All this can lead to dangerous and destructive consequences. While you won’t be able to stop your dog from trying to chase, you can take steps to prevent a disaster. For this:
- Keep the dog on a leash at all times (except when indoors);
- Teach your dog commands (“to me”);
Get a dog whistle to get your dog’s attention.
Training your dog’s life will teach him to focus his attention on you before running away.
The puppies jump up to reach and greet their mothers. Later, they can jump up to greet people. Dogs can also bounce to show their dominance. A jumping dog can be dangerous.
The best way is to just turn your back and ignore your dog. Don’t make eye contact, speak or touch your dog, just walk by. When the dog has calmed down and is still, calmly reward him.
Dogs bite for a variety of reasons that can be traced. Puppies bite and pinch other dogs and people as a means to explore their surroundings. Owners should show their puppies that biting is not acceptable by training them in bite inhibition. In addition to puppy behavior, dog bites can occur for a number of reasons:
- Fear or protection;
- Protection of property and territory;
- Pain or illness;
- Manifestation of dominance;
- Predatory instinct.
Although some breeds are considered dangerous, many believe that everything can be improved through the education and training of various kinds of commands. Owners and breeders are those who can help reduce the tendency of any type of dog to bite through proper training, socialization and breeding practice.
Aggressiveness of the dog is manifested by roaring, growling, showing teeth, falling out and biting. It is important to know that any dog can become aggressive, regardless of breed. However, abusive dogs are much more likely to exhibit aggressive behavior towards humans or other dogs. The causes of aggression are basically the same as the reasons a dog will bite or grab, but the general aggressiveness of dogs is a much more serious problem.
If your dog has aggressive tendencies, see your veterinarian first, as this may be due to health concerns. Then seek help from an experienced trainer or dog handler. Serious steps must be taken to protect others from aggressive dogs.