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Learn The 5 Most Common Dog Behavior Problems And Tips On What To Do About Them

Learn The 5 Most Common Dog Behavior Problems And Tips On What To Do About Them

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A dog with behavior problems can easily drive even the most experienced dog owner crazy. Most dog owners want their dogs to be happy and healthy, and to exhibit the best behaviors. But even the most disciplined dog will once in a while demonstrate a dog behavior problem. This is because dogs are not moral–they do what they do to suit them, not because that thing is right or wrong. In order for you as a dog owner to have the best behaved dog, it is important that you learn to identify your dog’s behavior problems and how to effectively correct them. The following are the 5 most common dog behavior problems and what to do about them.

Barking
It is normal for a dog to bark once in a while, but when the dog barks excessively, or whines and howls without a reason, then that is considered a behavior problem. But before you try to correct this behavior problem it is important to find out the reason for the barking, howling, or whining. For example, a dog can bark to warn or alert you, seek attention, display anxiety, boredom, excitement, or out of a response to other dogs. Therefore, check out the reason why the dog is barking, if possible eliminate the reason for barking, teach the dog not to howl, and if the dog is seeking attention, don’t respond immediately as this will encourage the dog.

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Chewing
Chewing is considered a natural act for all dogs. But this can be a behavioral problem if the dog causes destruction. Some dogs chew when teething (puppies), when bored, curious, or anxious. In order to address this problem, it is advisable to encourage your dog to chew on acceptable objects. Ensure that your personal items are kept away from your dog. You can also keep your dog crated when you are not at home. One correction technique is to use a sharp noise when you find your dog chewing on the wrong item.

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Digging
Digging is also another common dog behavior problem that drives most dog owners mad. It is important to first understand that digging is a natural instinct in dogs, but of course this should also be controlled. There are some dog breeds that are prone to digging, for example the Terriers simply because of the hunting history they have. Some of the reasons why dogs dig include excess energy, anxiety, fear, seeking comfort, gaining access to something, or hiding possessions. It is important to find out the cause of the digging and then eliminate the source. You can also exercise your dog on a daily basis to help drain excessive energy, and you can also set aside an area where the dog will dig whenever need arises.

Inappropriate Urination or Defecation
This is among the most frustrating dog behavioral problems among dog owners. This behavior can damage your belongings, areas in your home, and it can also make your dog unwelcome in some areas. Dogs urinate as a way of marking territory, to seek attention, as a result of anxiety, or due to a lack of proper housebreaking. Train your dog where to defecate and where to urinate. You can also train your dog how to alert you whenever they feel like urinating or want to defecate; many people have success training their dog to ring a bell on the doorknob when they need to go outside.

You can also talk to your veterinarian about this problem, because sometimes health problems are the cause of unwanted urination.

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Begging
This is a very bad habit in dogs, which most dog owners unknowingly encourage. Dogs beg because they love food, but this should not be a reason to encourage this behavior. When encouraged, this behavioral problem can lead to obesity and digestive problems, not to mention the irritating behavior. It is hard to resist when a dog begs, especially with that longing look when the dog begs for food. But giving in is worse, as you will be encouraging this bad behavior. When you are about to eat, enforce your dog staying away from the table where he cannot stare at you. You can only let him eat when you have finished eating. Remember, in nature the leader of the pack eats first.

In summary, for you to deal with the above 5 most common dog behavior problems, it is important to find out the underlying causes of the problems before figuring out how to deal with the problems. Remember, dog training is very important for all dogs in order to have a happy co-existence with humans.

5 Tips for Stopping a Dog from Chewing the Wrong Things

5 Tips for Stopping a Dog from Chewing the Wrong Things

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Dogs are vital animals, at the head of the list as pets in most parts of the world. There are various classifications of dogs across the world, among them the sporting dogs, the non-sporting dogs, the working dogs, and the hound breed dogs. Common domesticated species of dogs in society include German Shepherds, Chihuahuas, British Bull dogs, Akitas, American Eskimo dogs, and many others. Human beings have partnered with dogs for various reasons. For instance, in traditional society, the partnership with dogs has aided with herding and hunting, service to the blind and disabled, and security against intruders. However, most people who are domesticating dogs in current society do it for companion purposes, that is, as pets. For whichever reasons a person ought to domesticate a dog, it remains a primary need that they must learn their behaviors, and most importantly how to communicate with them.
On an attempt to ensure a mutual relationship and understanding between humans and the dogs they domesticate, there are a number of training lessons to be included. For example, there are a number of steps that dog trainers use in order to prevent dogs from chewing. Inappropriate chewing is often a problem among puppies as they use their teeth to explore their surroundings. In as much as chewing is a usual characteristic in young dogs, it is as well true that the practice is undesirable, especially when channeled to valuable objects such as furniture, shoes, or human body parts like the hands and feet. Failure to timely control this practice consequently leads to extreme destruction of property, development of bad attitude towards the pet, and at times even medical problems.
There are a number of procedures that one should take in order to control bad chewing habits among one’sĀ dogs. The first step is providing proper medication to the dog, which must adhere to the guidelines of the animal’s veterinary. The medications should be accompanied by good feeding, as nutritional deficiencies brought about by intestinal parasitism often results in pica, which is usually mistaken as inappropriate chewing. Furthermore, the situation may lead to nausea, and this triggers chewing as a coping mechanism.

Secondly, one should conduct a thorough dog proofing around his or her home. Despite how much you trust your dog around your home, dogs will just be dogs, and they love exploring the world using their mouth. As such, one must take control of their possessions at home, and the most appropriate way to do dog proofing is by keeping important things that you do not want to be chewed out of reach. However, there are some factors that you need to consider when moving the possessions, for instance how high your dog can jump. Mostly, dogs like chewing objects like shoes, garbage, and clothes, among other things. It is important to keep food far away from the dog’s reach.

Thirdly, as a pet owner inappropriate dog chewing can be prevented by avoiding confusing your dog. As such, it means that when you are out playing with your dog, never give objects like shoes, clothes, socks, or books to your dog. It is unfair and unrealistic for you to expect your dog to differentiate between when it is okay to chew on a shoe during playtime and when it is not okay at other times.

Fourthly, to avoid this inappropriate habit, the dog should be given other alternatives for chewing that are relatively tasty. By doing this your dog will eventually leave your personal things alone. If your dogs have fewer alternatives to chew on like toys, then don’t blame them when they end up with your possessions. Remember, dogs need to chew, especially puppies and dogs less than three years old, so make sure they have adequate chew toys to play around with when at home.

Finally, proper supervision of the pet must be carried out to ensure this inappropriate habit is stopped. It is always more productive to provide a correction the moment an infraction occurs, rather than after the fact. After finding an inappropriately chewed object when you come home at the end of the day after work is not the best time to correct. Many dog owners have benefited from the use of crate training, as long as the dog is not confined for too long of a period. By teaching your dog the proper boundaries, your expectations will be made known and both you and your dog will be happier.

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