The three dog misbehaviors that can be too common they can be bothersome, and how to deal with them smoothly
Torn shoes, pieces of mail, chewed couch, garbage strewn all over the kitchen floor, indoor accidents, these are just some of the common dog misbehaviour scenes that may awfully infuriate you. But just as you feel instinctively heated over a chewed collection of your favorite DVD, it’s natural for dogs to err, too.
What is not natural, however, is for dog owners to interpret their pet’s behavior in human terms. Dogs oftentimes scrunch, nibble, and mess things up not because they are trying to get back at you because he missed his regular afternoon walk, or you forgot to provide him treats for a job well done. You have to keep in mind that pets are not intuitively revengeful. Rather, they are instinctively playful and active, and are extremely devoted to you that they can be overly anxious or frustrated when you are absent for a long time.
Here are the most common misbahavior your dog may commit, and what exactly you should think about why they do what they just did:
What causes potty accidents, and how to deal with them
Most dogs can be housetrained. With proper technique, consistency, and timing, your dog might be able to ‘let go’ in proper places. However, there are cases when dogs leave their traces in wrong places. In some cases, though, these accidents can partly be your fault.
The essential part of potty training is to prevent the dog in doing its thing in improper places. This task would require you to always keep him within your sight. When you go out the house and let your dog roam around unsupervised, you are inviting accidents to happen. When you leave, you can avoid such accidents and enforce good potty habits by using a spacious and convenient kennel. Make sure to use appropriate height and material to prevent the kennel from harming your dog.
The art of preventing unwelcomed chewing
You don’t want to see your dog chewing your couch pillow, your shoes, or your bag. But unlike humans who know that some things are not made to be munched, dogs don’t have any idea what to chew and what not to chew. As such, humans have the intelligence over dogs to control the environment to prevent any unnecessary and irksome chewing.
You can do this by not letting your valuables or anything not worth chewing lie on the floor. Leaving things within your dog’s easy reach makes it more convenient for your pet to commit the crime. Instead, try to make your things as organized as possible. You can also try giving your dog something they can legally chew – bone dog toys, crunch balls, rope balls. Also, you cannot let them chew an unused pair of sandals and expect that your expensive pair of slippers would be spared.
Finally, spend more time with your dog. Chewing is one good sign that your dog lacks attention from you. Spending an adequate time with him walking, jogging, or doing some fun activities would not just make your dog physically active and healthy, but happy as well.
Letting go of that painful nipping
It’s really cute when your pup starts playing with your hands by nipping them with its small and cute teeth. However, as your dog gets bigger and bigger, and its teeth begin to grow larger and larger, nipping becomes painful and can be dangerous at times.
Puppies are known to have a big appetite for mouth activities. But no matter how cute it looks like on pups, too much mouthing can cause your pet to start biting you and other people. It is important not to tolerate this behavior by letting your pet know that forceful mouthing hurts you.
Some dog behaviorists believe you can let your pup know that his teeth do not belong to human skin by yelping or acting hurt, you may then stop your interaction with him – try not to look at his eyes, put them on the floor if he sits on your lap, put his toy away. That way, you’ll send a clear signal that what he just did does not please you.
Because pet dogs live and play with their owners and families, they should learn the art of appropriate interaction with humans, and no one can teach them with much love, affection, and concern except their pet parents.