We treat our dogs like our children. They love them, feed them, and in return, they give their all to make us feel happy. They provide comfort and support whenever needed, whether it’s physical or emotional comfort. A dog makes a great service and emotional support dog because of its qualities. They are loving, affectionate, loyal, and adorable! Dogs are always there for you and will do anything in their capability to cheer you up. Your pooches never fail to brighten our days with the things they do.
But sometimes we fail to understand why our dogs are doing a few things. For example, they are eating the leftovers, even after you’ve said no. As I said, they are like children, and sometimes we have to teach them what they’re not supposed to do. You may call them bad habits or abnormal dog behaviors. While some dogs develop these habits from their puppyhood, others may pick them as they’re growing. Punishing them for their bad behavior is not always a solution. Because sometimes these behaviors could be a cause of some serious issues that your dog can’t even control. You must understand the cause of their behavior and then work with them to find a solution.
You need to train your dogs with patience, and let them know what is expected of them. Repetitive reinforcement is the way to train your dogs. You need to come up with the right strategy and be persistent with it. But you need to be patient with your dogs when training them. This way you can modify the behavior of any dog for good. Let’s look at some of the most common dog behavior problems and what you can do about them.
Problem 1. Excessive barking
Dogs communicate mainly through barking, howling, or whining. But, excessive barking can be annoying and frustrating and is considered as a behavior problem. It can disturb you and your neighbors. People tend to chastise their dogs without realizing that telling them off could actually lead to more of this issue. You must consistently apply the right strategy to correct this behavior problem.
Before we get into the solution for this problem, first let’s determine what causes this problem in the first place. There can be various reasons that a dog barks. These include –
- To alert or warn you of a stranger
- To get attention
- Out of boredom
- Because of excitement and playfulness
- Because of anxiety
- As a response to other dogs
Also, you need to understand that barking and whining is a way for your dogs to communicate. It may be frustrating to you, but it is normal for them. Once you know the underlying causes of barking, you can tackle the problem in a more effective way. For example, your dog is barking because of an anxiety issue, making them feel comfortable can be helpful. Teaching your pooches the bark and quiet command can be very beneficial. You just need to be consistent and patient with them.
Problem 2. Chewing
It can be frustrating to come back home and witness the destruction of your new shoes or the sofa. And you know who the culprits are – your pooches. Chewing is natural for all dogs. In fact, it is important for them. The problem starts when this activity becomes excessive and leads to destruction. There can be different causes for chewing, such as –
- Excess energy and boredom
- Puppy teething
Every dog must chew, but it becomes your duty to provide the safe chew toys to your pooches. Your dogs probably love chewing, so you need to monitor their moves around the house. Keep things that you don’t want them to chew out of their reach. Get them some appropriate chew toys that will last long. There are a lot of options on the market when it comes to dog chew toys. If your dogs are chewing something you don’t want them to, make a sharp noise to discrete them. Then give them the chew toys, and let them chew the toys instead. One of the best things that you can do is to make sure that your dogs get enough exercise to wear off their energy.
Problem 3. Digging
Imagine your dogs digging up your beautiful garden. It can be really frustrating. Most dogs will enjoy doing some amount of digging if given the chance. This is especially true for certain dog breeds such as terriers thanks to their hunting histories. But, there are some other reasons as well for this. These are –
- Excess energy or boredom
- Anxiety or fear
- To find comfort
- Wanting to hide some possession like a bone or toy
- To gain access to an area or to escape from it
- Hunting instinct
Unfortunately, there is not much for you to do here. You simply need to find the cause and then work on it to get this behavior out of your dogs. Spend more time with your pooches, give them more exercise, and work a bit extra on their training. You can also set aside a particular area for your doggos to dig freely, such as a sandbox. Train them to dig in that area only.
Problem 4. Aggression
Most people relate the term ‘aggression’ to horror stories of a dog attacking and mauling people. But, the real traits of aggression in dogs are much more subtle than that. However, they can be dangerous if ignored. Basic traits of dog aggression are snarling, growling, lunging, and biting. Also, aggression does not depend upon the breed of a dog. The various reasons for dog aggression can be –
- Pain or sickness
- Protection of property
- Predatory instinct
- History of a dog
In addition to these reasons, dog aggression is a very serious problem. Ignoring the tendencies of dog aggression can lead to some serious problems. So, if you notice the traits of aggression in your dogs, act immediately to control their aggression. Consulting your vet should be your first step to see if your dogs have any health problems. Then talking to an experienced dog behaviorist or trainer can be very beneficial. You should take all the measures to keep your dogs and others safe from the aggression of your dogs.