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Bad dog behavior

Bad Dog Behavior

As a pet owner, you’ve probably noticed some dog behavior problems.

Believe it or not, a lot of what you consider dog behavior problems is perfectly normal dog activity. It is vital that you know the exact reason behind the bad behavior before you can start curing it. Bad dog behavior may include excessive barking, chewing objects, jumping on strangers, anxiety separation, digging, unprovoked attacks, or peeing and pooping inside the house. Your dog’s bad behavior may start out small, but can spiral into more aggressive actions if not addressed on time.

Bad or strange dog behavior is observed in dogs when there is a miscommunication between the owner and the dog. The most common reasons for this problem include fear, anxiety and boredom.

Dog obedience is not innate, so you need to put time and effort to train your dog. Bad dog behavior can always be corrected and trained if addressed with patience and proper management. It is easier to house train your puppy than a grown dog.

Keep in mind that your dog responds better to positive reinforcement.

Here are a few training guidelines. If used consistently, they will inculcate good habits in your furry friend.

  • Reprimand your dog when it behaves badly. When your dog misbehaves, you must immediately ignore him or be strict. This will help it relate to actions that displease you.
  • You must always appreciate or acknowledge your dogs' good behavior. Through praise and affirmations, dogs learn quickly that they are doing the right thing.
  • Practice common commands like ‘sit’, ‘go’, ‘stay’, ‘come’ and ‘drop’. You have to realize that it is going to take some time. However, it can be mastered with the right amount of discipline.
  • To keep your pet away from the furniture, try using a sticky tape along the edge of the furniture or counter top. Dogs hate the sensation of their paws getting stuck somewhere. This will prevent him from chewing the furniture or anything which you don’t want him to chew.
  • Bathe your dog with a flea and tick shampoo. Before washing, ensure you brush out all of the mats and tangles from his coat. This will help him stay healthy and happy and your dog won’t lick himself.
  • To curb inappropriate chewing, get your dog a chew toy to entertain himself when alone. Some toys can be filled with tasty food like peanut butter or rawhide for your dog to enjoy the treat.
  • Try putting hot pepper sauce or cayenne pepper around the area you want your dog to stay away from.
  • Regularly walk your dog and play with him. This helps him overcome his boredom which is the root cause of many dog bad behaviors.
  Submitted on June 3, 2010