Digging is probably among the easiest dog behavior problems to solve. After all, dogs were originally great hunters. This is one of the main reasons why they were tamed. So if you do have a dog, even if they don’t hunt now, the desire to scavenge still remains.
If you own a backyard, you probably have seen your pet dog digging for whatever it feels like. If you are a responsible owner, you probably think of digging as a nuisance, but a serious problem can develop if it is not stopped immediately. Your dog might not realize that he or she is digging and in turn will continue to dig. You may see signs of behavioral problems developing such as chewing, barking, whining, separation anxiety, and destructiveness. To help you understand the possible causes of this unwanted behavior, it is helpful to learn about dog behavior issues.
Dogs use many behaviors to express emotion, including play, attention, and affection. If the dog behavior issues discussed earlier are not being attended to, it could be because your pet is feeling neglected. He or she might be bored, so they dig. Another possible reason your dog might be digging is that he or she has been trapped, so they seek a place to escape. When you train your dog properly, the digging is usually eliminated.
Many dogs eat poop for various reasons. Sometimes, it is because they are looking for a bathroom break. At other times, they are bored and look for the comfort of the ground. Still others do it because they are in pain or are hungry.
If your dog eats poop because he or she is bored, it is likely that your canine has separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is a common but treatable medical issue. It can occur due to a traumatic incident such as a death of a pet or a move, for example. In many cases, it occurs with older dogs because they have not been socialized enough.
Because separation anxiety is so common, it is important to address it early in order to prevent the behavior from developing into an even worse issue. When you take your dog to a vet, it will be recommended that you keep the area where your pet sleeps and eats clean at all times. This will reduce the possibility that your dog will go to the bathroom during the day, which will also eliminate the boredom. If your canine does chew, try to keep him or her busy for a while by playing with them. Have treats on hand so that you can distract him or her when they start chewing on something.
Puppies and dogs often play biting and chewing toys to entertain themselves. These toys are made from soft rubber, wood, or PVC, and are extremely durable. They can be found in several different sizes and are designed for small and medium-sized dogs. You can find them at most pet supply stores, but if you are looking for something more unique, you can also buy them online.
Howling and barking are another serious problem that many dogs have. Although barking is natural for dogs, howling and whining can be annoying and distracting. To curb your dog’s barking, you can buy a collar that emits a sound only dogs can hear and attach it to your dog’s neck or chest. This will ensure that he or she stops barking for no reason.
Food guarding is also a serious dog behavior issue that can cause you to lose sleep at night. If your dog guards his or her food and continues to do so even though you tell him or her not to, you are exhibiting behavior known as food guarding. Food guarding is characterized by barking, sniffing, and staring at the food bowl. To remedy this issue, you must either remove the food from his or her reach or distract the dog with something else such as a toy or a game.
The final dog behavior problem we are going to discuss involves mouthing. Although mouthing may seem like an innocent behavior, mouthing can be very dangerous. Excessive mouthing can cause damage to the anal gland and is often referred to as “scooting.” Unfortunately, many times there is no way to tell if the mouthing has been caused by a medical issue or a behavioral problem such as depression, anxiety, or territorial behavior.
Dogs are wonderfully complex creatures. It can be easy for owners to fall prey to improper training techniques, incorrect dog food choices, or other dog behaviors. There are simple steps you can take to ensure that your best friend receives the proper care and nutrition possible. By taking these three simple steps, you can help your pooch start training on the right foot and out of trouble.