Dog Behavior Problems

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Most of the time, dog behavior problems are instinctual acts, happen because of traumatic experiences, or happen when dogs are not sure what is expected of them. To get your dog to be consistently obedient, you have to spend lot of time training him, starting when the dog is still a puppy.

This article offers tips for dealing with common dog behavior problems.

How to Stop Your Dog Chewing on Items

If you want to stop your dog from chewing, understand that most dogs chew on things for one of three reasons: teething, attention, or boredom.

If your puppy is chewing up everything in sight, he is probably teething. Give your teething puppy lots of chewable toys so he won’t go after your shoes or other household objects. Reinforce which toy is for your dog by giving him his chew toy and saying something like, “Here is your toy, good boy!” If your dog starts chewing on something else, take it away and replace it with one of his chew toys repeating, “This is your toy, good boy!” With persistence, your puppy will learn what to chew on and what not to chew on.

Crate training a puppy so that he can stay in a crate while you are away from home is also a good idea.

If your dog isn’t teething, he may be chewing on things to get your attention. If you don’t spend a lot of time with your dog but chase him if he has your favorite shoe in his mouth, then your dog quickly learns an effective way to get you to “play” with him. Spend more time with your dog.

Bored dogs are also inclined to chew. If they have nothing or no one to play with, they’ll make their own fun at the expense of your furniture and clothing. Provide your dog with plenty of toys and activities to keep him occupied. You might consider doggie day care when you are at work to give your dog the stimulation of the company of other dogs.

How to Stop a Dog from Digging

Digging is an instinctual act for dogs, especially among certain breeds. If you want to stop a dog from digging, first ask why is your dog digging?

If your dog is digging holes out of boredom, exercise your dog more frequently. He’ll be too tired to dig.

If your male dog is digging to get to the female dog that is in heat next door, having your dog neutered will solve the problem.

If your dog is digging because he’s lonely, spend more time with your dog. Also, let him spend time around other dogs. (Maybe doggie day care.)

If your dog is digging holes to bury items or just for the sake of digging, then set aside one area in which he can dig and train him to dig only in that area. Protect the rest of your yard by spraying a non-toxic dog repellant in and around the off-limit areas.

How to Stop Dog Jumping

To stop your dog from jumping on people requires consistent training. Ideally, begin discouraging this dog behavior problem when the dog is still a puppy.

Your dog is simply attempting to affectionately greet you and your visitors. Puppies do it all the time, but they are rarely corrected because the animal is so small and the behavior, especially for a tiny puppy, can be cute and endearing. Once the dog grows up, however, the behavior can be uncomfortable and threatening to both children and adults. The best thing to do is to train your dog not to jump up on people from the time he is a puppy.

If you are unable to get your dog to stop jumping on people, then take him to obedience school to deal with this dog behavior problem.

Why does my dog like to ride with his head sticking out of the car window?

Your dog likes to stick his head out of the car window for the fresh air and the inundation of new smells and sights. While this dog behavior seems harmless enough, the potential for road debris to cause an eye or head injury is fairly great. For your dog’s safety, keep the windows rolled up and the air conditioner on.

Why does my dog like to roll in the smelly dirt?

Your dog likes to roll in the dirt, especially after a bath, to mask his scent. This is an instinctual behavior that no amount of training is likely to change.

Why does my dog chase his tail?

A little tail chasing is not a dog behavior problem – it’s perfectly normal dog behavior. If the tail chasing becomes excessive, however, it could be that your dog is craving your attention.

If you laugh out loud, clap, or show other positive reactions whenever your dog chases his tail, then you may be encouraging him to repeat the action over and over again. Give your dog attention in other ways and make sure that if he does start chasing his tail, he is in no danger of injuring himself.

Do you have any additional tips or advice to help resolve dog behavior problems ?, if you do, please share them with us.

Updated: September 25, 2013 — 1:38 am

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