Does your dog misbehave? Does it drive you crazy? There are many behaviors that are considered to be misbehaviors such as excessive barking, destructive chewing, eating fecal matter, guarding of food, jumping up on people, nipping or mouthing, digging, marking things with urine and fighting with other pets. If you learn how to correct these dog misbehaviors you will find that it is easier to live with your canine buddy.
Dogs may bark excessively because they are frustrated, or they may hear other dogs barking and want to join in. Sometimes dogs bark as a way of saying hello, or because they are defending their territory. They can also bark when they are alarmed or become startled.
Dogs chew because it is natural behavior for them to chew and because it is a behavior they do when stimulated or when they need to exercise. They also chew to relieve anxiety. If you give a dog, especially a young dog lots of dog chew toys they will not resort to chewing on your belongings. Dog bones are also appropriate for chewing.
Food guarding or other aggressive behavior that is displayed around food or treats is a sign of being possessive and this can be a serious behavior.
Nipping and mouthing behavior is usually done during playtime and is often a puppy trait. Puppies chew on finger or toes when they explore the human body. Commonly this type of puppy behavior will disappear without intervention around 4 or 5 months of age. In the meantime when your puppy or young dog nips mouths on your fingers or toes give the dog a chew toy immediately. They will soon learn that you want them to chew on the chew toy instead of you.
Sometimes we humans encourage dogs to misbehave when we allow them to do things like drink out of human cups! Never encourage your dog to eat off of human dishes or you will find that this behavior will occur when you are not looking.
Your veterinarian or pet behaviorist can give you good advice about how to train your puppy or dog and how to correct any misbehavior they are displaying. There are also some excellent dog training books that you can get out of your local library.
The Only Dog Training Book You Will Ever Need: From Avoiding Accidents to Banishing Barking, the Basics for Raising a Well-Behaved Dog by Gerilyn J. Bielakiewicz and Andrea Mattei
Cesar’s Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems by Cesar Milan and Melissa Jo Peltier
The Good Behavior Book for Dogs: The Most Annoying Dog Behaviors…Solved! by Colleen Paige
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