Lilian is a dog lover and owner. She enjoys reading and writing articles about dogs.
Your dog is your best friend or at least family. And it's always in our best interest to ensure it's happy. When your pooch is ill, it's cause for concern. You can always visit the vet to fix that. But what happens when it misbehaves.
Most people turn to discipline, but that's not always the best choice. In most cases, dogs continue to misbehave even when disciplined. It causes some confusion and unhappiness between dog owners and their pets. The dog doesn't know what to do, and neither does the owner.
If your going through such a situation and are giving up, don't. The main issue is most likely a lack of understanding of just what is going on in your dog's mind and how to help them behave better.
Here are five common dog behavioral problems and how to solve them.
1. Excessive barking
Our dogs are great at alerting us when intruders or strangers are about, but it becomes a problem when they bark too much. If your dog is barking too much, the first thing to understand is the reason.
Dog's don't always bark to alert you; they could also be excited, playful, seeking your attention, bored, or anxious. A simple solution for excessive barking that may take time is obedience training. By going through it, your dog will learn to stop barking anytime you command them to and control other negative impulses too.
Spending quality time with your pooch as a family when they can play and get lots of cuddles will also ease their anxiety and keep them from barking all the time.
2. Chewing everything
You come home, and your dog has chewed your pillow, your shoe, and other personal items. And it keeps on happening, leaving you with unnecessary losses.
Although some people think it's an adorable behavioral trait, it doesn't have to happen. Your dog doesn't have to chew your belonging for no reason.
Dogs chew because they are teething, anxious, or bored, just to calm themselves. Checking if either of these things is the problem will save your precious possessions from your dog's teeth.
If your dog is teething, get them a few chew toys to ease the process. You can prevent them from being bored or having excess energy by taking them for long walks, playing catch with them, and doing other forms of exercise.
If the chewing gets too serious, the best thing is to leave your dog in a crate when you are away or in an area, they are unlikely to find something to chew on.
A great trick to prevent excessive chewing is to replace anything unacceptable you find your pooch chewing on with something they should have, like a chew toy. With time it will stick to those whenever there is a desire to chew on something.
3. Digging holes in the yard
You let your dog out for a run in the yard, and the next time you come out, it's dug a hole by the fence or in your favorite flower bushes. And it's covered with dirt too. It's not a pretty sight.
Digging holes can get on your nerves when your dog does it day in day out. But there is a reason for it.
Dogs dig holes to seek a relaxing spot to sleep in or escape from and sometimes to satisfy their hunting instinct. They may also do it because they're anxious or just to hide a bone or something else they love.
You can eliminate this problem by building a sandbox for your dog or creating a play area where they can freely dig.
If you train your pooch to only dig in their play area and even bury some fun things there for them to find, they won't head for the fence or other spots you would prefer they stay away from.
It also helps to spend time with them to ease their anxiety and enjoy lots of exercises together to burn off any excess energy they may use to dig holes.
4. Begging for food and treats
You love your dog and don't want them to starve, but when they are always begging for treats or food, even from strangers, it gets dangerous.
You never know what they will be given to eat. And overeating is not healthy for them anyway.
A lot of health issues come along with dog obesity that you would avoid if your dog is disciplined enough to eat according to a set timetable or only when you feed them.
The best way to prevent your dog from begging for food is to start feeding them on a schedule. You should also train them to take food only from you and feed them from their own eating spot, such as in a crate or a special feeding corner.
An automatic dog feeder with a timer can also help you keep your dog on a healthy eating schedule.
5. Chasing any moving thing
Dogs love to run, and some will chase anything they fancy, even into dangerous territory. If left to their own devices, they will chase cars, squirrels, other dogs, and even kids.
Such behavior may lead to injury if they run or chase someone across a busy road. Your dog could also get lost when chasing something it shouldn't.
One of the easiest ways to keep your dog from running off on its own is to keep them on a leash. Training them to respond to commands or keep by your side will deter them from running off when they get the urge.
Is your dog misbehaving?
These are five solutions to common dog problems you can try. It's always best to understand that dogs need consistent training to adapt to good behavior.
Invest your time training your pooch even as you shower them with lots of love, and most of their behavioral problems will become a thing of the past.
If things get out of hand, you can always consult your vet or a dog trainer for help.
Author : Lilian Kariuki