Ten Frequent Behavior Problems With Dogs
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Ten Frequent Behavior Problems With Dogs

Ten Frequent Behavior Problems With Dogs

 

Everyone loves dogs, which is why they’re considered “man’s best friend.” No dog is alike, each of which have their own personality. Depending on their breed and age and owner’s temperament, they may convey behavior problems, which requires patience and proper training. Below is a list of the 10 most common dog behavior problems.

10. Barking
Unlike humans, dogs can’t vocalize their needs, and the only way they can do so is by barking. Not every dog’s bark sounds the same, some will howl, chirp, or whimper, which may differ depending on the emotion they’re trying to convey.

Reasons for Barking

Boredom
Anxiety
Frightened
Irritation
Anger

9. Chewing
It’s fairly normal for puppies to try chew on things they shouldn’t such as electrical cords, socks, shoes, and even furniture. It’s not only puppies, adult dogs will also occasionally chew on things. Excessive chewing is a bad behavioral trait, which you shouldn’t overlook.

Reasons for Chewing

Boredom
Anxiety
Frustration
Curiosity

8. Digging
Depending on its breed, you may find your dog constantly digging, which is fun for dogs but can stress their owners. For certain breeds, digging can be instinctual or a result of boredom.

Reasons for Digging

Boredom
Protection & shelter
Hunting
Anxiety

7. Separation Anxiety
Similar to children, our pets also experience separation anxiety, which is a commonly discussed problem many dogs experience. There are many dogs, which require constant attention and will misbehave if their owner isn’t paying attention to them. To help manage your pet’s separation anxiety, it will require dedicated training.

Signs of Separation Anxiety

Inappropriate urination
Constant whimpering
Requiring obsessive petting

6. Inappropriate Elimination
Inappropriate Elimination is a more sophisticated way of saying “ pottying in the house,” which is something many dogs and puppies will occasionally do.

Reasons for Inappropriate Elimination

Making their territory
Anxiety
Separation anxiety

5. Begging
Begging for food is by far one of the worst and most common dog behavioral problems, but it’s often the owner’s fault, which usually occurs when you feed your dog table scraps. Instead of feeding your dog human food, which isn’t meant for them, you should give them dog treats.

4. Chasing
Cats, cars, and even people, there is nothing dogs love more than chasing stuff, which is another bad behavioral trait. If your dog is constantly chasing people, cars, or other animals, this can be a serious problem and liability. You should purchase a ball or plush toy and teach your pooch how to play fetch. You may also want to consider keeping your pet confined to a lease or supervised until they’re properly trained.

3. Jumping Up
If a little dog jumps up, it’s usually not a problem, but if your Rottweiler is constantly jumping on people, this can be a problem. Dogs often “jump up” if they’re excited or seeking attention, but you should not reward this type of behavior. The best way to curb this behavior is by ignoring them.

2. Biting
Puppies will often bite when they begin to go through teething, but this is not acceptable behavior. Adult dogs may also bite or snap, especially if they feel threatened.

Reasons for Biting

Fear
If they’re sick or in pain
Instinct
Defensiveness

1. Aggression
With dogs, aggression and biting go hand-in-hand, which can cause them to growl, show their teeth, or even bite. There are many dog breeds, which are historically proven to be more aggressive, but oftentimes their environment plays a major factor. If your dog is often aggressive, it may require behavior medication or hiring an experienced dog trainer. 

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