The ability of modern domesticated dogs to act as humans would like them to be considerably better than it was 10,000 years ago. Nevertheless, many canine habits are ingrained in them and may cause problems for pet owners, whether they are inconvenient or even harmful. The five most typical dog behavior issues that owners encounter, along with solutions, are listed below.
1. Following after moving objects
The predatory tendencies that dogs have but find it difficult to suppress are another aspect of their instincts. One of the most prevalent canine behavior issues, depending on the breed’s prey drive, is chasing after moving objects. Your dog probably enjoys pursuing cats, automobiles, squirrels, bicycles, young children, or any other person or animal for no apparent reason. Although this is a common tendency, it can occasionally have disastrous results.
How to solve it:
Canine behaviorists understand that it is impossible to entirely stop a dog from chasing objects, but you can try to stop anything negative from happening as a result of your pet’s need to chase.
Additionally, you may gradually lessen the dog’s urge to chase and desensitise them to particular distractions.
Desensitize your pet to the surroundings and the outside world by socialising them. Make your dog feel at ease around all of these “moving things” so that your dog will recognise them as a natural part of their surroundings.
Be careful to keep your dog on a leash (and that he is leash-trained) if he is outside in an area that might be dangerous, such as one where there are automobiles or other animals.
Teach your dog the fundamental orders and how to pay attention to obedience commands, particularly “No,” “Stay,” and “Come” when called.
Always be on the watch for anything that can spook your dog, including cats, animals, bicycles, runners, automobiles, and other eye-catching diversions that move swiftly.
2. Dog Doesn’t like eat dog food
Dogs are carnivores by nature, so their instinct is to hunt and scavenge for food. In the wild, they would never eat plant-based material like grains or vegetables. However, most commercial dog foods contain these ingredients because they’re cheap fillers. If your dog isn’t eating his food, it could be because he’s not getting the nutrients he needs. Try switching to a high-quality, meat-based dog food. You may also want to add some wet food or canned food to his diet for extra flavor and nutrition.
How To solve it:
If your dog is a picky eater, there are a few things you can do to help them eat. One is to try different types of food. You may have to experiment with a few different brands or flavors before you find one that your dog likes. Another thing you can do is to feed your dog smaller meals more often throughout the day. This way they won’t get as hungry and will be more likely to eat what you give them. Finally, make sure that the food you are giving them is nutritious and has all the vitamins and minerals they need. A healthy diet will help keep them feeling good and may make them more likely to eat their food.
3. Misplaced Elimination
Unnecessary canine pee or excrement is a frequent issue that is generally acknowledged as one of the worst. Pets unable to regulate their elimination habit prohibit you from bringing them out more frequently to explore new locations, which not only damages your home’s furnishings and carpets but also spreads unpleasant odours throughout the entire house.
How to solve it:
Recognize that improper elimination in dog behavior can be caused by both behavioral issues and medical disorders, particularly incontinence in older dogs. You must thus see your veterinarian about this situation as soon as you become aware of it. There is just one thing you can do to resolve this challenging problem once your veterinarian has ruled out any health issues as the cause of a dog’s incorrect elimination: train (or retrain) the dog.
When a dog eliminates inappropriately, it’s because they don’t understand why they can’t go everywhere they choose. You would need to review the fundamentals of housebreaking, the same ones you used to teach a puppy, and go over them with your adult or senior dog on proper methods of ejaculation. Keep in mind that improper elimination in pups under the age of 12 weeks is common and not something that fixes easily and instantly. Use dog diapers in the meantime to reduce how often your pet urinates.
4. Jumping on others
Dogs greet one another by smelling one other’s faces and behinds when they first meet. Human faces are inconveniently situated all the way at the top of our bodies, preventing dogs from doing the same to people as they would like to. For dogs, jumping up on people is frequently an effort to act in accordance with standard canine behavior. However, there are situations when this might be a sign of dominance. In any case, strangers are rarely amenable to this hazardous conduct, and it should typically be corrected before it becomes risky.
How to correct it
When your dog tries to jump up at you when you get home, ignore her until the resolution of issue. You shouldn’t yell at your dog to stop, scream for her to stop, or push her away. Any of those actions will probably thrill the dog and make it more inclined to leap as it appears to be play to them. When your dog’s feet touch the ground again, only then should you begin to pet and praise her. This will help your dog understand that you were ignoring her because she was jumping up.
5. Constant barking
Barking by itself is not a harmful habit in dogs since they communicate naturally through barking for a variety of reasons. Some causes of dog barking may even be advantageous to you as the owner. For instance, you could want your dog to bark when someone is hiding in the backyard to alert you to their presence. When your pet barks excessively, which is when it turns into a real issue behavior because there is no apparent purpose for them to do so, you should take notice.
How to solve it:
The most practical remedies in this situation are obedience training, redirection, and teaching your dog new habits. You must first identify the reason of your dog’s excessive and undesirable barking as well as the circumstances that trigger it. Then, if at all feasible, strive to eradicate those causes first.
Next, train your dog how to respond to these circumstances more effectively and/or desensitise the dog to these stimuli. For instance, if your dog barks whenever someone knocks on the door, educate them to bark a couple of times and then wait patiently by the door to see who it is.