How To Deal With Problems In Dog Behavior

Dog behaviors problems are often misunderstood and mishandled by dog owners. Understanding these behavior problems is the first step to solving and preventing them.



1. Barking

Most dogs bark, howl and whine to some degree. Excessive barking is considered a behavior problem and one should understand the reason behind it. Consider teaching the bark/quiet commands. Be consistent and patient.

2. Chewing

Chewing is a natural action for all dogs. However, it turns into a problem it causes destruction. Encourage your dog to chew on the right things by providing plenty of chew toys. Keep personal items away from your dog. If you catch your dog chewing the wrong thing, quickly correct him with a sharp noise. Then, replace the item with a chew toy.

3. Digging

A dog's desire to chase moving things is simply a display of predatory instinct. Many dogs will chase other animals, people and cars. All of these can lead to dangerous and devastating outcomes.  While you may not be able to stop your dog from trying to chase, you can take steps to prevent disaster.

  • Keep your dog on a leash at all times (unless directly supervised indoors).
  • Train your dog to come when called.
  • Stay aware and watch for potential triggers, like cats.

5. Jumping Up

A jumping dog can be annoying and even dangerous. Jumping up is often attention-seeking behavior, so any acknowledgment of your dog's actions provide a reward. The best method: simply turn away and ignore your dog. When he relaxes and remains still, calmly reward him.

6. Biting

Puppies bite and nip on other dogs and people as a means for exploring their environment and learning their place in the pack. Owners MUST teach their puppies that mouthing and biting are not acceptable. Owners can help decrease the tendency for any type of dog to bite through proper training, socialization and breeding practices.

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