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.
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.
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.
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.