4 Common Dog Behavioral Problems and How to Deal with Them

Sure, Chessies are sweet and adorable companions. But more often than not, your pets can wreak havoc at home and in your life. The endless howling episodes, ripped couch, soiled floor, messy carpet, and—gasp—your dog eating his own poop. These are just a few of dog behavior problems that dog owners usually encounter.

Such problems are frustrating and stressful but admit it: you don’t want to hurt your dear canine friend and you’ll only feel more miserable if you do so. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to deal with your dog’s problematic behavior without yelling at him or hitting him. We spoke with Cesar Rodriguez about dos behavior. Cesar is an experienced dog groomer and owner of Mobile Dog Grooming of Simi Valley Thousand Oaks, and he’s seen pretty much the gamut of different dog behaviors. Here he discusses some common dog behaviors with tips on how to control them.

1. Biting

As opposed to what many people think, biting is not a sign of a dominating dog behavior. Usually, dogs bite because they are frightened or sick. Dogs also bite to protect their masters and themselves. The most aggressive of all dog behaviors, constant biting needs immediate attention from the dog owner. Kids and other household members may suffer from the risk of dog bites. Proper training can correct your dog’s behavior. But before you do it, find out what exactly causes your dog to bite. Seek the help of a professional dog trainer if you want to know more about dog behavior training.

2. Chewing

If your dog’s favorite pastime is chewing on anything at home, there’s no need to worry. Nothing’s wrong with this dog behavior because it’s just natural for dogs to explore the world through their mouth. Chewing is also a sign that your dog is bored or feels pain due to teething. Still, you need to control this behavior before everything in your home becomes torn and ripped apart. You can train your dog by saying “no” firmly whenever he tries to get his mouth on something. Better yet, get your dog some chew toys to keep him busy when he feels bored and lonely.

3. Chasing

Dog chasing can cause harm not only to the person being chased but also to your dog. Imagine how risky it is if your dog bumps into something sharp or pointed while chasing a person or another animal. This dog behavior can be controlled by dog training, which involves putting your dog on a leash or harness until he learns to listen and obey your commands such as “stay” and “sit.” Over time, your pet will learn to stop chasing people or other animals when you tell him to do so.

4. Digging

Like chewing, digging is a natural dog behavior. Dogs dig because they feel hot or want to hide or find something. It’s important that you determine the reason for your dog’s digging so that you know the right steps to take. If your dog is trying to hide something, stop giving him toys or treats until he learns to stop digging. If your dog is trying to cool himself, then it’s a great idea to provide him a crate where he can seek refuge into whenever he feels hot.

When one of these dog behaviors manifests, act on it as soon as possible. Not only does it rid you of serious headaches, but it also improves your relationship with your canine friend. It’s something we highly recommend at Chesapeake Bay Kennels.

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