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Canine Behavior

Updated on May 15, 2014

Common Behavior


Feces Eating

When your pet eat their own feces or another dogs feces, there may be a medical problem that you need to address. Problems like intestinal parasites may exist or if blood is in the stool they will eat it.

Pets are smarter than we give them credit. When you're house training and you find feces, most owners will punish the pet. If you punish regular for incidents, the pet then associate or relate what happens when an incident occurs and therefore will eat the evidence.

It is unhealthy for your pet to eat feces, make sure stools are disposed of if this is a house pet. When pets are kept outside in a pen or property fence, hose the feces into the ground or pick them up. The same applies if this is a house pet, take the pet to a designated area and pick up the feces.

There are additives that can be added to the pets food. Also there are sprays that will make a feces taste bad. If you don't wish to try any of the above, you can try using a leash when taking your pet outside. After the pet releases and motion to eat the feces, gently pull back on the leash. Try doing this about four or five times.

Another tactic is to not use the leash and call your pet as soon as the feces are released. When the pet comes to you, give a treat. Try that four or five times. Make sure it's a likeable treat.

Anxiety and Boredom

Pets are like children, you must have time for them, that includes play time and going for walks and other forms of exercise. Some pets, not all, will suffer anxiety and boredom when left alone, so to amuse themselves, they become destructive. If you must leave the pet alone inside, make sure toys are available and a bone to chew on.

If an older and larger pet is not trained to stay away from couches, pillows and fabric chairs, when left alone they will chew things that are made of fabric and cotton such as a couch. Some pets like to chew table and chair legs. Your pet misses you and anxiety builds up long before you walk out the door. You may consider a pet sitter but ask for references, remember you're opening your home to a stranger.

Another way to prevent boredom and anxiety is doggie day care, if you work or going on vacation. Most day care also offer boarding if you can not take your pet on vacation with you. Your pet gets to socialize with other pets, and day care is a safe place where your pet will get plenty of attention. You may consider a dog walking service but whatever your choice is, ask for references. Your veterinarian can provide you with a list of professional services for your pet. An obedience class is another option where there's plenty of exercise.

If none of these options are available to you, a calming product may be the answer for you. There are chews, wraps to wear and sprays..

Anti-stress wrap works by applying constant gentle pressure to the torso. Available in sizes to fit small and large dogs. Anti-stress wrap works by applying constant gentle pressure to the torso. .

The Thundershirt Can Help

ThunderShirt Dog Anxiety Jacket, Heather Gray, Large
ThunderShirt Dog Anxiety Jacket, Heather Gray, Large

Anxiety, fear, stress, and over-excitement are surprisingly common problems for millions of dogs. The Thundershirt wrap works by applying constant, gentle pressure to the animal’s torso. This has a calming effect for most dogs. The Thundershirt is designed to address common problems including fear of thunder and fireworks, separation anxiety and generalized anxiety, problem barking and jumping, travel stress, and more. Dog anxiety can bring a pet owner’s relationship with their dog to the breaking point – some owners may think the only option is to forfeit their pet to a shelter. A better solution to put your dog at ease and provide the opportunity for dog owners to strengthen their bond with their pets. Simple to put on and take off and is fully adjustable to fit dogs of most shapes and sizes. It’s easy to create a snug, comfortable fit which is the key to treating stress and anxiety.


Potty Training

Puppy Training Pads work well but start with the large size because accidents will happen if the pad is not big enough. Half the body, the front paws will be on the pad and the rear part will be off the pad. It happens, so use large pads for less accidents.

The best place to place training pads is close to an exit but not to close because you're be gradually moving the pad closer and closer to the exit until you reach the door. Then place the pad out side the door. The puppy will whine, scratch and sometimes spin around because he has not yet learned to come to you to go outside the door. During this training period, a pup needs to go a few minutes after eating so keep a close eye. House breaking can be a lengthy process but it is well worth all the headaches if the pup is going to live inside with you.

Many new pup parents keep their new one in a cage but fed outside the cage and then taken outside afterwards to pee and poop. Once the playing and exercise is done, the pup is returned to the cage. This type training works well with pups that are 4 to six weeks old. If the pup whine, ignore because if you feel sorry and pick the pup up, that is exactly what is wanted.

Puppy Training Pads

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      BODYLEVIVE 5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Thank you Nyamache for stopping in. I learned something today because I didn't know cats chewed on stuff, so thank you for that. I do know that they claw up stuff unless they're trained to something like the kitty condo.

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      BODYLEVIVE 5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Hi Midget38, Thank you for stopping by and posting. I wrote this because we had that problem with a puppy. Calling his name, he would look at me but he would not come but when I acted playful he would come and forget about what he started to do after a while.

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      Joshua Nyamache 5 years ago from Kenya

      I had a cat that could chew things that are made of fabric and cotton. I kept chasing it away the moment it started chewing it till it stopped. Useful hub!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for letting us in on the things we can do to discourage our pets from eating their own faeces. This is especially important for puppies! Thanks for sharing.