You may have trained your dog or have a good listener and a smart pupil, however, some dog problems and behaviors cannot be solved with basic commands like “Sit!” And “Come!” And a dog that following each command during a training session may still have behavioral problems.
When the peace and quiet of the home is suddenly interrupted by the misbehavior of your dog, it is no time to become frustrated or lament. You may wonder why these behaviors are not covered in the obedience class (digging, excessive barking, or chewing shoe). In this article we intend to give you some answers.
The first step will be to analyze destructive behavior, asking you some questions:
What – What exactly are you doing?
When – When did this behavior begin? Does it occur at a certain time of the day or during the week?
Where – Has there been any change in the environment of my dog, large or small? Does it occur in a particular room, outdoors or in a new space?
Frequency – is behavior consistent or does your dog behave badly when something is different, such as having guests?
An analysis of these questions will give you a “why”.
Consider discarding a disease before beginning your strategy. Any significant change in a dog’s behavior deserves a visit to the vet. Look at the time the behavior occurs or any possible change, the change can mean something big as a newborn or something small as a change in your dog’s routine. If the behavior occurs at a specific time each day, consider what happens during that time-is it when you leave or enter the house? Or when the garbage truck comes? Also, consider the surroundings of your dog where there has been a rearrangement of the furniture in the living room? Or new lawn in the backyard?
Make notes about time, place and activity when your dog behaves badly and follow these tips to correct bad behavior.
What – If your dog is digging small holes, it is not a big problem. If you are digging a crater in the yard, you have to do something.
Why – Dogs dig for many reasons. Some dig when they are bored, some dig to bury things, to create a kind of lair for them, to try to get out or to follow a smell.
Where – Does Your Dog Only Dig Near The Fence? Then you’re probably trying to escape. Close to the trash? Then you are following a trail.
When – If your dog is digging when the sun is high, he is probably trying to cool off.
The Solution: Determine what’s going on in your dog’s environment. If you are reacting to noise, or heat or neighbor’s cat, take it inside. To heal those who bury things, do not leave toys or bones with your dog. To stop a dog that wants to escape, place stones along the fence. And to thwart a hound, cover the areas in cedar to distract your nose.
What – A few warning barks should not be repressed by the dog owner, however, excessive barking should be stopped.
Why – dogs bark above all to warn humans of some danger. A dog may also bark in response to another dog or a siren-like sound.
Where – Inside the house, or out in the yard.
When – If a dog barks only at a certain time of the day, it is likely to be a sound.
The Solution: Unfortunately, we do not have much control over our environment. There are some human tools that we can use (citronella collar and anti-barking ultrasound, both of which are harmless and can deter them from barking.
What – Chewing any human element is unacceptable.
Why – Your dog may be bored or may be attracted to the new pair of boots he bought.
Where – If your dog only bites things in the kitchen, it is possible that those objects are particularly desirable for him. If you stay away with something, you may be more interested in buying it.
When – If your dog chews things while you are away, it is not really a kind of revenge, but a sign of boredom?
The solution: the easiest thing to do is to organize everything; a more organized house will be less temptation for your dog. You can also spray the products with some deterrent or change the focus of the dog towards a toy. Always leave chewing toys when you leave the house.