5 Common Dog Behavior Problems And How To Solve Them
At times it can be difficult to understand why dog do some of the things they do. We must keep in mind that they are not humans, and they all come with instinct and habits that are contrary to peacefully cohabiting with us. However, with patience, the right strategy and persistence, any dogs behaviours can be modified to a more acceptable level.
Most dogs vocalize in one way or another. They may bark, howl, whine and more. Excessive barking is considered a behavior problem. Learn to control excessive barking. Consider teaching the bark/quiet commands. Be consistent and patient. Address any underlying causes of barking. Dedication and attention to detail can go a long way to stop a dog from barking.
Before you can correct excessive barking, determine why your dog is vocalizing in the first place. The most common types of barking are:
Warning or alert
Playfulness and excitement
Responding to other dogs
Dogs bite and nip for several reasons, most of which are instinctive. Puppies bite and nip to explore the environment. Mother dogs teach their puppies not to bite too hard and discipline them when needed. This helps the puppies develop bite inhibition. Owners often need to show their puppies that mouthing and biting are not acceptable by continuing to teach bite inhibition.
Beyond puppy behaviour, dogs may bite for several reasons. The motivation to bite or snap is not necessarily about aggression. A dog may snap, nip, or bite for a variety of reasons.
Protection of property
Pain or sickness
Any dog may bite if the circumstances warrant it in the dog's mind. Owners and breeders are the ones who can help decrease the tendency for any type of dog to bite through proper training, socialization, and breeding practices.
If given a chance, most dogs will do some amount of digging; it's a matter of instinct. Certain dog breeds, like terriers, are more prone to digging because of their hunting histories. In general, most dogs dig for these reasons:
Boredom or excess energy
Anxiety or fear
Comfort-seeking (such as nesting or cooling off)
Desire to hide possessions (like bones or toys)
To escape or gain access to an area
It can get rather frustrating if your dog likes to dig up your yard. Try and determine the cause of the digging, then work to eliminate that source. Give your dog more exercise, spend more quality time together, and work on extra training. If digging seems inevitable, set aside an area where your dog can freely dig, like a sandbox. Train your dog that it is acceptable to dig in this area only.
Jumping up is a common and natural behaviour in dogs. Puppies jump up to reach and greet their mothers. Later, they may jump up when greeting people. Dogs may also jump up when excited or seeking an item in the person's hands. A jumping dog can be annoying and even dangerous.
There are many methods to stop a dog's jumping, but not all will be successful.
Ignore – If your dog is doing its jumping mostly at the front door due to excitement when people enter, the first port of call is to ignore them for a few minutes until they have somewhat calmed down.
It is turning around – A simple turn around when the dog jumps may be all you need for puppies. It shows them that jumping gives them the opposite effect of what they wanted, your attention. It is also helpful in the ignoring phase.
Paw hold – Gently holding onto your dog paw and ignoring them for a few second.
Knee push – This is a gentle and slow physical push with your knee to get the dog off you.
Dogs beg for the same reason we naturally head to the kitchen when we smell our favourite foods on the stove. Our pups are hoping for a taste of the goodies.
The best thing you can do is prevent begging from happening in the first place. If you never feed your dog from the table, he will not learn to beg while you are eating.
If you feed your dog from the table, he will learn to keep coming back for more. Remember to enlist the entire household. This will only work as long as everyone is on board. So make sure the whole family knows that no one is to feed the dog from the table. This includes any visitors who eat at your home.
While you are eating, restrict his access to the dinner table. Remember, this is not a punishment. Your dog should be sent to a place (such as his crate or bed) where he feels safe and comfortable.
If you want to keep your pup nearby, but not too close to the table, try a freestanding pet gate. Many require little or no installation and can be set up anywhere.