3 Classic Dog Behaviors and What to Do About Them

Sep 15, 2014 | Posted by in dog behaviors | 0 comments

3 Classic Dog Behaviors and What to Do About Them

Classic dog behaviors

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You love your dog but there are a few behaviors you’d like to change. Maybe you’re tired of coming home to cushion stuffing all over the living room or frequent barking. It’s the confusion and feeling of helplessness that can cause dog owners to either relinquish their new rescue or quietly accept it.

But as a good dog trainer will tell you, when you align your dog’s behavior with your wishes, in other words train your pooch, everyone is happier.

Here are three common dog behaviors:

Chewing—like infants, puppies chew when they’re cutting new teeth. When the teeth are pushing through the gums it hurts and chewing on things (especially cool things) relieve the pain. You can keep frozen Kongs on hand or give them ice cubes.

If your pet is chewing your shoes and couch cushions and is past the puppy stage, it may be a sign or boredom or anxiety.

Your initial course of action should include more exercise. Maybe you need to get up earlier to get in a longer walk before you leave for work.

You might try a mid-day dog walker. If you’re gone for 12-14 hours a day, that’s a long time for a dog to “hold it” and be alone. A dog walker will play with your dog and take him out for a walk which will relieve him in multiple ways.

Digging – If you’re a gardener and your dog is digging up your recent plantings, you’re not happy. But it can be hard for them to stop since digging is part of their DNA. Dogs dig to hide rodents or treats (hence the bone hidden in the yard). They also dig to sit in cooler dirt when it’s warm out. And they dig because they enjoy it.

One way you can curb your pet from digging up your rhododendrons is to establish a digging area for them. You can build a sandbox (or a dirtbox) and train your dogs to limit their digging to that area.

Barking at “strange” times – Some breeds are “first alarmers”, they want to make sure you’re aware of every change in the environment from a leaf falling off a tree to the wind changing direction. It’s simply the way they are made. You can work with a good trainer to try and curb this behavior but it’s hard to circumvent instincts.

Other dogs may bark frequently because they’re bored or scared. Always ask yourself if your dog is getting enough exercise. An hour a day isn’t too much even for most senior dogs.

If you have a frequently barking new rescue, chances are your pup is scared. You don’t know the traumas your pet has endured and your best bet is to work with a dog trainer who can help you work through it.

These are three common dog behaviors that cause frustration in those who don’t know how to handle it.

Other types of dog behavior could be a sign of illness and require a vet’s attention. For example, if your dog suddenly takes up excessive paw licking or paw chewing you’ll want to get your pet to the vet for a check-up. It could be a sign of allergies or other illness.

Does your pet engage in any of these dog behaviors? And, if so, what solutions have you found?


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