Good communication begins with understanding. If you want to build a better relationship with your dog, you need to start by understanding the meaning and causes behind some of the typical dog behavior. Some dog behavior can be puzzling on both new and experienced dog owners.
To help you understand your dog better, we have rounded up five common behaviors.
Puppies love to chew especially when they are teething. While chewing, the pressure feels nice on their raw sore gums. Chewing is natural and unavoidable, and its prevention might be the best cure. Chewing can quickly become a behavioral problem if it leads to destruction. Common reasons dog chew include puppy teething, boredom, anxiety and out of curiosity.
Naturally, dogs bark to raise the alarm at the first sign of possible danger, an imminent attack or new arrival. Excessive barking is considered a behavioral problem. Before you can start to look for solutions towards excessive barking, you need to determine while the dog barks in the first place. Dogs bark for various reasons such as warning or alert, playfulness and excitement, attention seeking, anxiety, boredom and responding to other dogs.
At any given time, your dog will do some digging.- It is a natural instinct behavior. Breeds such as Terriers are more susceptible to digging due to their hunting behavior. Most dogs dig for reasons such as boredom or excess energy, anxiety, and fear, hunting instinct, comfort seeking, hiding possessions and escaping or gaining access.
In puppies, biting in a natural behavior. Puppies learn how and when to bite by learning with their littermates. A dog will bite someone as a way of communicating their current state of mind. Biting can be associated with a dog’s reaction to aggression, anxiety or fear. However, if you stay along with a dog’s body language, you can prevent your dog from biting.
Separation anxiety is among the commonly discussed dog behavioral problems. It can be manifested through chewing, vocalization, urination, and defecation. It can also lead to other forms of destruction that occur when a dog is separated from the owner.
Signs of real separation anxiety include a dog becoming anxious when owner prepares to leave. Misbehavior occurs within the first 45 minutes after the owner leaves. The dog also tries to follow the owner continuously and touches them whenever possible. To prevent or cure separation anxiety problems in dogs, a dedicated training is required.