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Dealing With Dog Behavior Problems

Updated on January 28, 2010

Some dogs are brimming with issues. He or she might have a fit whenever you leave the house or spend hours barking at thin air.

Maybe they're perfectly fine and quite lovable until the moment you bring a stranger into the home. Whatever the dog behavior problems you have might be, you should remember that millions have had the same problems before you. There are endless combinations of problems for you to deal with over the course of your dog ownership years and if you know what to look for and how to deal with them, you can likely overcome the myriad of problems you'll have.

The Worst Dog Behavior Problems

The worst problems your dog might have, such as excessive barking, biting, or destruction of your property can be dealt with if they are caught and handled properly. It's only a matter of knowing what to look for and subsequently what to deal with and how to do so. Keep in mind though that any problems you find and attempt to solve will take more than a day to solve. You cannot simply expect your dog to act better after one day of careful attention to their behavior problems. It doesn't quite work that way.

Dog behavior problems range from the simple barking and chewing that almost every dog owner deals with, to the extremities of separation anxiety, dog and food aggression, and hyperactivity. There are dozens of dog behavior problems that you might not even realize you need to deal with, things like your puppy mouthing your fingers or jumping on your legs. These are cute, but they also lead to further problems in the future if not dealt with early.

Dealing With Dog Behavior Problems

Dealing with these behavior problems starts with you though. Your dog might simply be bored or lethargic. Dogs are very active animals and when they aren't kept active and entertained, they tend to grow restless and start chewing and digging. For that reason, you should walk your dog often, at least daily and try to take them out as often as possible, to the park or for a run. Ask your vet how much exercise your breed needs and try to ensure you match their recommendation. It will go a long way in keeping your dog from growing too restless.

If your dog never socializes with other dogs, they will never learn how to deal with other animals in the future. Take them to dog parks or around the block. Every time you see another dog on a walk that looks friendly enough to meet, stop and let them greet each other.

Control Dog Behavior Problems

You need to be in charge at all times. When walking your dog, keep them under control. They should be on a short leash if they tend to pull hard and never get stuck behind you. Walk quickly and keep them at your pace to dictate dominance. Do not yank on your dog or drag them with you, lest you hurt them. If you have trouble with leash training a dog obedience trainer can help you with various methods designed to teach dogs how to use a leash.

Dog behavior problems are rampant and might seem insurmountable at times and insignificant at other times. However, if you follow the simple tasks listed, socializing and spending the right amount of time with your dog, you'll notice that they remain much calmer and less destructive generally.


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    • Hal Licino profile image

      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks! :)

    • stars439 profile image

      stars439 8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      great hub.