Pups Behaving Bizarrely

Peo­ple love dogs because dogs have per­son­al­i­ties. They behave in ways that makes them seem less like pets and more like addi­tional fam­ily mem­bers. Some­times, how­ever, dogs can do things that might cause you con­cern or even scare you. Here are four behav­iors to look for and how you can deal with them.

Destruc­tive Behavior

If your canine com­pletely tears your house to shreds while you’re out, it may be a sign that he’s got exces­sive energy. A daily walk may not get all his wig­gles out. So, give him a chance to get out and run. Play some Fris­bee or fetch and really tire him out. Also, your dog may need men­tal stim­u­la­tion, so hide his toys or dog treats around the yard and play hide and seek with him.

Obses­sive Com­pul­sive Behavior

Behav­iors like spin­ning, chew­ing them­selves, or chas­ing light can come from exces­sive energy or being cooped up for too long. The best way to com­bat these issues is to dis­tract your dog imme­di­ately when you see him engag­ing in these behav­iors. Give him a well-known com­mand and teach him an incom­pat­i­ble behav­ior. For exam­ple, if he spins, com­mand him to go lay down.

Anx­ious Behavior

This can include bark­ing, whin­ing, hid­ing, destruc­tion, and so on. To help, cre­ate a calm room for your dog. Fill it with his favorite bed, toys, treats, and a radio or TV for white noise. If needed, you can use a DAP dif­fuser to release calm­ing hor­mones. You can stay with your dog as long as you are calm.

You can also help by iden­ti­fy­ing your dog’s fears and work­ing to lessen them. For exam­ple, if your dog fears thun­der, you can start by play­ing a CD with thun­der sound effects at a low vol­ume to accli­mate him to the sound. Slowly increase the vol­ume as he becomes more com­fort­able. If he acts stressed, you’re push­ing too hard.

Aggres­sive Behavior

Most aggres­sive behav­ior is rooted in fear. If your dog is act­ing aggres­sively, teach him to promptly obey voice com­mands. Use a leash and treats to head off pos­si­ble phys­i­cal confrontations.

Remem­ber, proper exer­cise is essen­tial for healthy dog behav­ior. Obe­di­ence train­ing is a must to ensure your dog behaves him­self. Start with sim­ple com­mands, and once your dog is respon­sive, your can work to sub­sti­tute desired behav­ior for bad behav­ior.