Behavior Problems in Dogs
By: Geoff Gardner, DVM
If you're looking for help treating your dog’s behavior issue, or just curious about why your dog does what he does, you've come to the right place. Many of the following problems can lead to a breakdown in our enjoyment of our furry friends, and lead to them being re-homed or worse, euthanized.
1. Inappropriate Elimination: Inappropriate urination and defecation are among the most frustrating dog behaviors. It is common for young puppies to have a transition period until they are fully house trained, but for some, it is still a problem as they get older.
2. Chewing: Chewing is a natural action for all dogs. In fact, chewing is an important activity for most dogs, it's just a part of the way they are wired. It’s when they begin chewing on objects in a household that are not intended for them that this becomes a problem.
3. Separation Anxiety: Separation anxiety is one of the most commonly discussed dog behavior problems, and can be very difficult to manage and control. Sometimes medications can help a pet to relax and provide a transition to more comfortable behavior.
4. Barking: Most dogs vocalize in one way or another. They may bark, howl, whine and more. Excessive barking is considered a behavior problem.
5. Begging: Begging is a bad habit, but many dog owners actually encourage it. This can lead to digestive problems, such as diarrhea and pancreatitis, and obesity.
6. Jumping Up: Jumping up is a common and natural behavior in dogs. Puppies jump up to reach and greet their mothers. However, for larger dogs, it can become a problem.
7. Aggression: Dog aggression is exhibited by growling, snarling, showing teeth, lunging, and biting. This is probably the most common reason why a pet can no longer be a part of a family.
Here at Boyette Animal Hospital, much of what we do is geared towards making your pet an acceptable member of the family. We offer training classes for puppies to begin the socialization process early, and more advanced classes to deal with problem behaviors.