Dog Behavioral Issues and How to Resolve Them
Dog behavioral issues can be frustrating and difficult for owners to deal with. For some dogs, these problems are serious enough that they require professional intervention. But many dog owners can resolve their pets' behavioral issues themselves by following a few simple steps. The key is knowing how to identify what the problem is and then taking appropriate action to fix it.
The steps we've outlined below should be followed until your dog has improved; however if you find that these techniques don't work then consult with your veterinarian or an animal behaviorist as soon as possible.: Dogs often exhibit separation anxiety because they feel abandoned by their guardians- this feeling triggers sadness and sometimes even panic. As such, one important thing to do would be to ensure that your pet is well exercised and has plenty of toys to keep him entertained. If you're going away for a long time, give them something they can chew on or cuddle with (like their favorite teddy bear) so that they don't feel lonely!
Behavioral Issues in Dogs
- Boredom: if the dog doesn't have enough mental stimulation in his daily routine then he could very easily get bored which will lead to all sorts of behavioral issues. As such it's important to train your pup as early as possible by teaching him commands like "sit", "stay" and more; this way he'll be less likely to find some other form of entertainment - like chewing up your favorite pair of shoes!"
Mental stimulation includes physical exercise but also includes putting them in situations where they have to think about what to do next. For instance, if you were playing fetch with him and he brought the ball back but then you just throw it again for him, well that's not a challenge at all!
- Separation anxiety: this is one of the most common behavioral issues seen in dogs (especially those who are left alone too often) and can be mitigated by giving your dog plenty of attention while training so that they don't feel like their neediness will cause rejection from their human companions. Teach them basic tricks or commands as early on in life as possible - teach "sit", "high five" and more; this way when you're away from home working or out running errands, they won't be bored and lonely.
- Dog jumping up: teach them the command "off", or if you need to keep your dog on their best behavior when guests are over, use a training tool like an e-collar (which is designed not for shock but more of a vibration) so that they associate boundaries with positive reinforcements rather than negative ones.
Another way to discourage this behavior is by teaching your pup some basic tricks - it's much less exciting for him to jump up on people if he knows how to roll onto his back and give kisses! He'll also be able to better control himself in stressful situations as well which will make everyone happier. :) If there's something really precious you can't afford to be easily damaged, put a chair or stool in the room and then teach your dog to wait next to it.
- Dog barking: something that's happened often with dogs is long bouts of whining which could signal loneliness, boredom, anxiety... all three are pretty common! If you can't figure out why they're doing this on their own (and if you've tried some behavioral training), it might be time for a vet visit - especially because there may have been changes in their diet recently. It's important not to play too much attention to them when they start up though as this will reward them for undesirable behavior and encourage more noise. Just go about what you were doing before while being sure not to react any way other than ignoring them.
- Dog chewing: It's natural for dogs to chew on things, but sometimes it can become a problem if they're not given the right outlets and stimuli. A great way to get them started is by giving them some toys that are appropriate - too many people assume their dog likes all of their stuffed animals or shoes! Some good choices include Kongs, Nylabones (especially ones with treats in the center), rubber balls, ropes... anything your pup really enjoys playing with will work well here so go through what you have around the house before going out to buy more specifically for this purpose.
- Dog digging up plants/garden: This one is pretty common among pups who love exploring new places and figuring out what smells are around. The key is to redirect their energy and make the digging a more positive experience for them. One way of doing this would be by giving them some kibbles with peanut butter in it as they do the work - that'll keep 'em focused on where you want them, not your tulips!
- Dog barking constantly: Your furry friend may have separation anxiety which can be treated by training him/her how long he/she should be alone before the owner comes back.
- Dog chewing on furniture: If your pup has a taste for wood, one way to deter it from chomping down is by spraying some peppermint oil onto the surface - that'll make them cough and need to find other things to chew!
- Dog sniffing dog's butt: If he can't hold his nose any better than that, let him know there are more appropriate places he could be smelling - like some food or grass!
Dog barking excessively at night: Try giving your pet an extra walk before bedtime; this should tire them enough so they'll go right to sleep when they get back home.