Top 10 Dog Behaviors and What You Can Do

10 Dog Behaviors and What You Can Do
Whether you're a long-time doggie owner or a newbie when it comes to raising pups, it's always important to know and understand what the most common dog behavioral problems are. There are reasons why your buddy is acting in a particular way, and it's crucial that you get to the bottom of it before things get out of hand. Besides, knowing what these common dog behavior problems are is the first, most crucial step to solving them. It will also help lay the foundation of an obedience training that can help you control these dog-related problems.

10. Aggression

Does your dog growl, snarl, show his teeth, and lunge forward at times? Some dogs, even the small breeds, have the potential to be aggressive. Aggressive behavior in your dogs doesn't always mean he's about to attack, as there may be subtle signs that you have to pay attention to. Generally, dogs that have aggressive tendencies were raised in an equally aggressive environment or may have serious medical issues.

What you should do: If it happens persistently, you may want to check any stimuli that's causing the aggression. Because of the potential harm that it might cause, you should also consult a professional vet.

9. Biting

One of the natural instincts dogs have is biting, especially when they're trying to explore and learn about their surroundings. It can also be caused by their need to assert their dominance or defend themselves.

What you should do: You can teach your dogs bite inhibition or proper dog training to stop your dog from biting around too much. 

8. Chewing

Chewing on objects is  a natural instinct dogs have, especially when they're curious about their surroundings. It can, however,  be a problem when your dog has chews on your personal stuff.

What you should do: You can't stop your dog from chewing, but you can give him chew toys for dogs that he surely will love. When you catch your dog chewing on an important item, you can also quickly reprimand him.  

7. Barking

Barking is a natural instinct that many dogs quite enjoy. There are several reasons why a dog barks: they want to protect their property, they want to explore their environment, they want to assert their dominance, or they are feeling defensive. 

What you should do: Reprimanding your dog with a high voice will only send the message to your dog that barking is okay and that you should bark louder. Proper dog training, however, can stop your dog from barking incessantly.

6. Jumping Up

Some dogs just love to jump up as a form of greeting. They also do this to exert their dominance. And while it can be cute, it can be dangerous for both the dog and the person being jumped on. 

What you should do: There's a specific dog training technique you can perform to stop your dog from being too excited and jumping around so much. The most effective method, so far, is not to pay attention to your dog. Don't look, speak, or touch your dog. When he doesn't respond, that means he got the message. You can reward him with a dog treat for doing so. 

5. Chasing

Dogs naturally feel the need to run around and chase animals, cars, and even you! It may look cute, but it can be pretty dangerous as well. Your dog may end up getting hit by an incoming vehicle or get lost along the chase.

What you should do: You may not be able to stop your dog from trying to chase people and things around, but you can take certain steps to make sure he doesn't run around. You can have a silent dog whistle to get your dog's attention. You can also train your dog to only come when he's called. You should also keep your dog on a dog leash, preferable an extra long dog leash, except when he's under your supervision. 

4. Begging

Does your dog make that irresistible puppy face whenever you're having dinner or a snack? Unfortunately, a lot of dog owners encourage begging for their dogs. Begging is a bad habit that will lead to digestive problems or obesity.  When you give in to your begging dog, you will encourage the mindset that table scraps are treats, when they should not be.

What you should do: Before sitting down to eat, you should command your dog to stay and sit in a corner where he will not be able to see you. You can only give a special treat once everyone in the family is finished eating.

3. Inappropriate Elimination

Your dog defecating or urinating has got to be one of the most embarrassing dog behavior problems any pet owner has to deal with. It's a reult of lack of housebreaking, excitement, anxiety, or marking of territorial boundaries.

What you should do: If your dog is rather young--around 12 weeks of age--inappropriate urination or defecation in dogs cannot be helped. Otherwise, you can try to find out if your dog is suffering from a health problem. If not, you might have to train your dog in behavior modification training, to make sure he only poops and pees in the right places. 

A problem many dog owners have is when their dog goes crazy when left alone: they destroy their surroundings, bark like crazy, and cause havoc for the first 10 to 15 minutes after you leave. It's lovely that your dog misses you so much--if only he doesn't cause too much chaos!

What you should do: Try not to make a big deal when you leave, and make the experience a positive one. When leaving the house, you can simply put your dog in a crate or give him his favorite chew toy, before simply leaving out of the room. Walk around your house, and spy on your dog. Did your dog get upset? If yes, you should give him time to settle down. If not, come back and give your dog a dog treat for a job well done!

1. Digging

Another natural instinct for dogs is digging. There are certain breeds, like Terriers, that would just about dig at anything they can. You can't blame them--they come from a long line of dogs that dig to hunt, to hide possessions, or to seek comfort by nesting.

What you should do: It can get pretty frustrating when your dog keeps digging in your yard, but you can solve this problem by giving him extra dog training. You can also allocate a particular spot where your dog can dig out to his heart's content, like a sandbox. Hide something in that spot for as many times as necessary until your dog realizes that it's the only spot where he is allowed to dog. Don't forget to praise him for doing the right job when he does!