Dog behavior

Dogs behavior

To understand the behavior issue your dog might be suffering, it is important to look back into the past of your pet.

Were the parents of the puppy in good health? The breeder should always select good natured dogs as some of the temperament traits will be inherited by the litter. Having a litter for an old bitch is dangerous for her health and she might have difficulties during her pregnancy. The retirement age for a bitch is about 6 years old. The breeder should also ensure the mother dog is well nourished and in good health. The puppies will not only inherit the temperament, colors and size from their parents but also their genetic diseases. If one of the parent carries a genetic disease there is a high chance your puppy will be affected by this. If not, he will carry the gene and it will be passed on to future generations. The breeder can bring his dogs to the vet who will will check the dogs health by performing a series of tests.

What happened to the puppy during his first months? A puppy needs to be cared for. During the first couple of months, the mother dog will take care of her litter. She will feed her puppies with milk, providing them antibodies and, when old enough, she will teach them not to bite while playing. Eventhough the mother dog plays an important role in the puppies life, the dog breeder and his family will still have to interact with the puppies. An early socialization of the puppies is necessary to have mentally healthy dogs.

Dog chewing

There are a few reasons which can explain dog chewing. If the dog does not have enough exercise and is bored, he will find an occupation. Chewing can be one of them. If the chewing is due to a lack of exercise, you can stop this unwanted behavior very easily by challenging your dog a bit more (running, training...) or by going on longer walks with him.

Separation anxiety

A dog suffering from separation anxiety will be distressed when left alone: he will cry, bark, scratch doors, chew furnitures, etc... When his owner will come back the dog will usually jump and cry. There are several degrees of separation anxiety, some dogs being more affected than others. Separation anxiety often affects dogs who have never been left alone or left the litter to early. Although separation anxiety can take time to treat, these simple dog training techniques should help you train your companion:

  • Leave your dog on his own for a few seconds. When you come back, reward him if he does not show any sign of distress. Repeat this exercise everyday, increasing slowly the time. Soon, your dog will associate you leaving by getting a reward.
  • When you come back home, ignore your dog until he is calm. Making a fuss will only encourage the behavior.
  • Give a chew bone to your dog before leaving the house

Dog biting

A lack of socialization in the early life of the dog will often make him wary about humans. Fearful dogs tend to bite easily because they are insecure. It is often difficult to help fearful dogs to gain in confidence but some dog behavior specialists can help you.

Aggressive dogs

Dog aggression like dog biting can come from a lack of training and socialization. Dog owners who do not set any rule for their dog encourage aggressive behaviors. Dog aggression can be towards other dogs or, in the worst case, towards humans. Aggressive dogs have usually not been socialized enough. Some dogs might have had bad experiences with other dogs and became aggressive after an attack.

If your dog is aggressive towards humans and a person presses charges, you will have no choice but to put your dog to sleep. You also might be prosecuted and fined. Before this happens, we recommend you to seek professional advice.

Dog barking

Barking is a way of communication for dogs. For example, hunting dogs can bark to notify their owner that they have found a prey.

When somebody passes next to your gate, your dog will bark to defend his territory. Because people only pass by and never stop your dog builds up on confidence.

If your dog does not respond to the 'No' command, you can spray some water on him to stop him from barking. If this does not work, there are also some dog training collars available to stop your dog from barking.

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