Our dogs are part of our families. We love them, we care for them, and they return that love. They even develop their own personalities that we come to understand and appreciate. However, since they are animals, it can still be difficult to understand what they are doing and why. There are many dog behavior problems that any dog owner should work to understand. It will help with discipline, but also just for understanding what your dog wants and needs. The better you understand your dog, the deeper your bond can be. Here are some dog behavior problems that might be addressed in dog obedience class, but are vital for you to know.
Just like when our kids do it, whining is not fun to listen to. Sometimes we have no idea why our poor pup is so upset. Whining can mean several things. It could be from excitement, anxiety, or simply because they want attention. Dogs will whine when they are being submissive as well. If you find that your dog is whining just before you leave the home, then he might have separation anxiety. Often this will come with other symptoms, such as drooling, panting, and even destruction around the house. Whining could also indicate a medical issue. To combat excessive whining, a dog obedience class can help you develop strategies to increase your dog’s confidence. If they are whining when greeting people, then you can also distract them with a toy or treat to get them to focus on something else.
Barking is another form of canine vocal communication that can be just as annoying as whining, but it could also annoy the neighbors. Dogs use barking for many reasons, such as to alert you of an intruder, or to seek attention. Sometimes they simply bark because it has become compulsive. This is one of the more difficult dog behavior problems to fix since some barking is good, and you want to only eliminate the unwanted or unnecessary barking.
To reduce barking, it is vital to understand why your dog is displaying this behavior in the first place. Is it anxiety, or for attention, or are they even injured? You will need to track when and where your dog tends to bark, and in what situations.
If your dog is being territorial with her barking, then the best option may be to limit what they can see outside. If they cannot see an “intruder” or a guest, then they will not bark. Only when they are calm in a separate area can they come and visit with any guests who come into the home.
You can also teach your dog that they may bark to alert you to the presence of a visitor, but only up to a certain point. You may have a word, such as “quiet” that means the barking must stop. You can use the skills learned in your dog obedience class to positively reinforce obeying this command. Do not shout. Be calm and be firm. Your confidence will reassure your pooch that you are doing the right thing.
These are just a couple of the most common dog behavior problems that you are likely to encounter. All members of any family are expected to act a certain way to ensure a harmonious household. The family dog is no different. Work on some of these behaviors for a happier home and a happier dog.