A dog’s behaviour can depend on several things. The way a dog acts can be down to their age, breed, training, environment and past experiences. Understanding the most common dog behaviour problems can help you work on the more destructive habits or learn how to avoid them.
Dogs can’t talk, so they use a variety of noises to communicate what they’re feeling. Dogs whine, howl and bark for a reason, and it’s down to us to determine why they’re vocalising in the first place.
Healthy barking is completely normal and is usually in response to something. These barks might be to alert you about the lady walking her dog on the street, or as a way to show their excitement about your return.
If a dog’s barking is excessive and lasts a long time, it might be because they’re anxious, bored or seeking attention. Attention to detail is key when trying to decipher your canine’s communication.
Dogs chew things, that’s the way things are, but when they start nibbling at things they shouldn’t or spend most of the day with something in their mouth it might be time to question their bad habit. Puppies chew because they’re teething, and when they grow it’s a good way to keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy.
If your dog is an excessive chewer, it might be because they’re bored, have excess energy to burn, or they’re anxious.
A dog can express its excitement by jumping up on people, but it can become annoying and even be dangerous. You can stop your dog from jumping up by setting clear boundaries from the start and being consistent in their training.
Dogs dig because it’s their instinct, with some breeds bigger fans of muddy paws and a dirty nose than others.
Dogs might dig to hide a possession, they want to cool off, or as part of an escape plan. Their behaviour might also be caused by anxiety, fear, boredom or excess energy, so make sure you are meeting your dog’s needs.
Going toilet inside
IF your dog is potty trained and has started to urinate and defecate inside, it might be a sign of a health problem so be sure to check with your vet.
If no medical cause is found, there might be other reasons for your dog’s accidents. It could be a sign of excitement, territorial marking, anxiety, or maybe they’re not entirely potty-trained
As your dog grows, you’ll learn about their unique quirks and bad habits, but understanding the causes and meaning behind their behaviour will help you both.