Our pets become part of the family, which is why when a problem arises with them it is so important to be able to deal with it effectively. Dogs make fantastic pets; there’s no doubt about that. However, most families experience problems with their pooch at one time or another. The key to effectively dealing with any issues that occur is to take the time to understand why the problem keeps happening, instead of just trying to get your pup to stop whatever behavior they are doing.
With that in mind, below is a list of some of the most common problems that dog owners have, the reasons they these problems occur, and tips on how to resolve them.
Does your dog bark constantly? Whether your pooch barks himself hoarse while you are out of the house or has a habit of barking at every little noise whether you are home or not, it can start to become a real problem, especially if it is upsetting the neighbors. Normally, the cause of barking is separation anxiety, loneliness, or fear of strangers, the best way to deal with this is to find ways to distract your pup with toys, games and other activities, both while you are at home and while you are out of the house. If that doesn’t work, another option is to look into getting your dog a no-bark collar from a site like dogcollarguide.com. Or, you could opt to hire a trainer to see if they can help you to train your dog not to bark, whine or howl.
Jumping up and being generally over excitable
A lot of dogs get into the habit of jumping up and being generally over-excited, especially when they have been on there own for a while. The good news is that getting your pup out of the habit of jumping up is easier than you would think, it’s just a case of doing more training with him. Each time he jumps up, push him down and firmly say ‘no’. It will take a while but keep at it, and he will learn that he mustn’t jump up. If all else fails, call in a dog trainer who can help you to prevent your dog from getting too over excited.
Many male dogs have a habit of marking things, normally this is things like lamp posts and gates on walks, but sometimes dogs begin marking in the house. This can lead to pieces of furniture being ruined, your home becoming unhygienic, and also starting to smell, which you don’t want. Dogs often mark indoors because they are marking their territory as they feel threatened. The best thing to do to stop this is to buy a plug-in diffuser which is made to calm dogs by letting off a certain scent; this should calm your pooch and prevent him from marking your furniture.
The fact is that dogs do have some behaviors that we would rather they didn’t. However, the good news is that all behaviors can be resolved, it’s just a case of knowing how to go about doing that. So whatever your pooch is doing, there’s no need to panic.