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Neurodiversity Awareness/Appreciation

Neurodiversity Awareness/Appreciation

Monday, March 17, 2014

Guest Post: Dealing With the Top Four Behavior Problems in Dogs

Hi everyone! I recently read an alarming statistic. 70% of people who acquire pets eventually "get rid" of them, either by giving them away, selling them, leaving them at a shelter, or abandoning them. Often this is because of behaviors in the pets, caused by a lack of proper training. 
I have quick guest post for you today about dog training! I hope you like it! 

Dogs bark, chew, dig, and jump as part of their natural behavior. Trying to make your dog stop these behaviors all together is not only impossible, but it is unfair to your dog. Instead, as a dog owner you can teach your dog when these activities are not appropriate so that they do not become a major problem. Using bark collars to train your dog, as well as other pet proofing products can definitely help with the overall training process. Here are top four behavior problems in dogs listed below and how to deal with them.
1 – Barking
The primary complaint of most dog owners is that their dogs bark too much. All dogs bark, whine, and howl to some degree but excessive barking can become problematic because it can keep you as well as your neighbors up at night. Before trying to correct your dog’s incessant barking, try to figure out the root cause of his barking. The main reasons that dogs bark include out of playfulness or excitement, as a warning, to get attention, out of boredom, out of anxiety, or simply to respond to other dogs. You may want to consider teaching your dog bark and quiet commands.
2 – Chewing
Chewing is a natural behavior for dogs, but it can easily get out of hand if you do not stop it early enough. If your dog has a habit of chewing anything and everything in sight, you can expect a lot of destruction throughout your home. Some of the most common reasons for chewing in dogs include puppy teething, anxiety, boredom, excess energy, and curiosity. You can help your dog overcome this problem by keeping him in a confined area when you are not home so that he is less likely to damage your valuables. Quickly correct your dog when he is chewing on something that he shouldn’t be and replace the item with an appropriate chew toy. Also make sure that your dog is getting plenty of exercise so that he does not have to resort to releasing his energy through inappropriate chewing.
3 – Digging
Most dogs come wired with a digging instinct and they will dig if they are given the chance. They may dig when they feel bored or have excess energy, they are frightened, they want to hide their possessions, or they are trying to gain access to something or escape. Try spending more time with your dog and exercise with him to release excess energy. If your dog refuses to give up the habit of digging because of his hunting instincts, make a designated spot for him, such as a sandbox, where he cannot cause any destruction.
4 – Jumping Up
Some dogs jump up when they greet people while other dogs jump up to show dominance. There are many different methods that may work to help curb your dog’s jumping habit, most experts agree that the best way to put an end to inappropriate jumping is by simply ignoring your dog when he jumps. Do not look at him, touch him, or give him any kind of reaction. He will soon get the message that jumping is not appropriate.
With each of these problem behaviors, be consistent and patient as you teach your dog correct behaviors. You may want to consider taking your dog to obedience school, hiring a private dog trainer, or using a bark collar. For more information, contact a dog professional today.

1 comment :

  1. Yes!! All these things can be trained! I see dogs getting returned way too often for correctable problems. Even with uncorrectable problems (health, etc) a dog adoption is FOR LIFE, not a retail item to be taken back!

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