Having a dog is surely a fun and fulfilling moment to have in a household. Although it entails cherished moments and marvelous times, pet owners should exercise patience and strong discipline over a dog’s behaviors. Dogs have a unique personality and attitude. However, various problems regarding a dog’s behavior can both affect the dog and the owner. The dog, unknowingly, might experience fear, anxiety and psychological issues that cannot be communicated directly but through behavioral problems to gain attention and needs immediate aid and response.  

Listed below are the 4 common behavioral problems and how to solve it:

Howling/Barking

Howls and barks can be cute when a dog does it for the first time. It is also considered as a milestone. But, everything cute and fun can be weird and annoying when done repetitively. Barking becomes a nuisance when you are trying to focus on a task or when you are trying to relax. For dogs, it is a way of communicating. It might be that the dog wants something. It can also be a form of a reaction. It might be because the dog acts territorial or fearful. When addressing this issue, it is best if a pet owner observes when or what instances a dog howls/barks. If a dog barks when it wants something, teach him that nothing good will result to barking. Upon realizing that it will bring nothing good, it will cease from barking.

Peeing inside the house

Seeing that your dog pees inside the house frequently past puppyhood can be a sign of physical problems. Check in with your veterinarian first to rule out possible infections and diseases. If physical problems are nothing to be worried about, peeing indoors might be a result of past behavior, anxiety and even stress. “Potty training” from scratch is an ideal solution for this matter. Watch with keen observation where the dog frequently pees. Upon identifying the area, limit the dog’s access to it. When you see the dog approaching it, stop him. Provide the dog ample time for bathroom breaks. Give it treats every time he eliminates outside.

Pulling on the leash

Ever see a pet owner struggling with a dog tied up on a leash when walking? The issue lies on the excitement the dog can’t contain when it hears the owner asks “Do you want to go on a walk?’ For this not to happen, it is advisable that you put on a leash and saying nothing. Once leashed, walk the dog around the house for a few minutes or lay down on the couch and watch some television first. This activity is to provide a gap between the dog’s excitement pre-walk and the actual walk so that built-up energy won’t channel into leash-pulling.

Inappropriate chewing

The texture of the sofa might be tempting or the dog can be too bored or possesses an excessive energy that chewing objects or even the sofa is a dog’s answer. When you can’t seem to break the dog off of this habit, it’s time to buy him new chew toys or talk him on a walk more often.  Also, take into account that dogs need to exercise every day in order to channel their boundless energy into something productive.

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