Addressing Dog Behavior

August 31st, 2021

DOG BEHAVIORS TO ADDRESS 

The Ark specializes in and prioritizes Dog Behavior & Body Language. For September's Newsletter, we wanted to highlight certain dog behaviors that should be addressed quickly to ensure that they don't get out of hand.

1) Aggression

2) Excessive Chewing

3) Begging

4) Separation Anxiety

5) Jumping on Guests


Aggression

If your pup is showing its teeth to every person who walks in the door or trying to protect you when unneeded, it’s best to sort out this problem before someone gets bitten or your dog gets hurt.


Solution: Working with a trainer is advisable, and use positive reinforcement instead of punishment to guide your dog towards better behaviors.


ExcessivE CHEWING

Some causes of stress could be separation anxiety, thunder, a change of environment, or nervousness about other animals. Of course, boredom could be another factor that leads to gnawing.


Solution: Get your dog their own chew toy to be their stress reliever. If you spot them chewing on something they shouldn’t be, replace it with the toy and give positive reinforcement when attention switches.

BEGGING

Don’t be fooled into thinking that NOT giving them food means they’ll feel unloved. Feeding your dog at the same time that you eat dinner could help a more viable routine.


Solution: Practice self-discipline! Give positive reinforcement if they wait patiently by giving a treat once you’ve finished your meal - only if he’s truly been a good boy, though!

SEPARATION ANXIETY

If you are leaving or returning, don’t make a big deal out of it and act as expected. This will prevent your dog from exciting more and escalating anxiety!


Solution:

  1. Leave your dog with a chew toy to help calm their anxiety.
  2. Leave the radio on if you can.
  3. Give your dog something that smells like you to cuddle.

JUMPING ON GUESTS

Often, this is simply a sign of excitement and love. It can be a problem for elderly guests and children, especially if you have a big doggo!


Solution:

  1. Train your dog by turning away when they jump on you.
  2. Teach them to sit and only give attention and love when they do. This will train your pup to display positive behavior to get the reward - love and pats.
  3. Encourage guests to treat your dog the same way.

Source: Mike Powell

  

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