Addressing Common Behavioral Issues in Your Pup

By Catsup and Mustard
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As pet owners, you only want the best for your dog. But some of your dog’s habits may be difficult to diagnose and manage. Behavioral issues in your dog aren’t just an inconvenience for the others around him, but also usually a sign of an underlying problem. Such problems can be addressed with proper training, medical attention, and care.

Dog board and training programs are best for people who wish to correct certain behaviors in their dogs but don’t have the time to attend regular training sessions with their pets. Take your dog to a vet and make sure to get them vaccinated. There aren’t any vaccinations to treat some behavioral issues such as aggression, but these issues can be a manifestation of an underlying health issue. In vaccinating your pet, you’ll be minimizing the likelihood of them developing undesirable behaviors.

Sexual behavior

As your dog sexually matures, they may begin to display sexual behaviors. You can minimize this by neutering or spaying them. This will reduce aggressive and sexual behaviors such as mounting and masturbation. Many dogs also don’t like to be mounted, which can lead to fights. Sexual behavior can also lead to fights over mates.

When spayed or neutered, your pet will be more well-behaved and less likely to roam as they. They will also be safe from contracting reproductive diseases. Neutering and spaying also have environmental benefits for your community as it would help to reduce the population of stray dogs. Stray animals, having no one to care for them, display many signs of aggressive behavior. As a result, they are harmful to neighborhood residents and pets. They cause noise pollution and feces garbage. They also increase the likelihood of traffic accidents.

Aggression

An overly aggressive dog can cause problems with your neighbors and their pets. It can also cause problems for you in your home; aggressive dogs can make a mess in your home and make it difficult for you to get on with your day. Aggressive behavior can be treated with training or medical attention.

You also need to pay attention to how you respond to this behavior in your pet. Avoid punishing your dog as this may only serve to fuel their aggression.

Destructive chewing

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This particular habit is a deal-breaker for a lot of people when they consider getting a pet. And who can blame them? Nobody wants to come home to chewed up shoes and ripped-open pillows. Rule number one of getting a pet is to pet-proof your home. Keep out of your pet’s reach anything they can chew on that will cause you an inconvenience or even put your pet in danger. Keep your shoes in closed cabinets, wires covered or in places your pet can’t reach, as well as other chemical substances that may be harmful to their health. Provide your pet with chew toys to derail them from chewing on household items.

Destructive chewing can also be common in dogs that, in one way or another, have insufficient diets. Evaluate their diet. They may not be getting enough nutrients and energy from their meals. As a result, they try to chew on things that aren’t meant to be consumed.

Destructive chewing can also be a manifestation of separation anxiety, lack of attention, and stress in general. Make sure to spend enough time with your dog and take it out for walks.

Separation anxiety

The previous year has been great for pets. Due to the pandemic, their owners have been at home most of the time, and they can spend more time with their humans. But you’ll also need to anticipate the possibility of returning to a pre-pandemic work routine of leaving home to go to your workplace – or, at the very least, having to work at the office for a few days each week. When leaving your dog behind after they’ve grown accustomed to you being home all the time, they may develop separation anxiety.

Dogs don’t do well when they experience sudden breaks from routine. Help them transition by slowly getting them into a routine for when you return to work. Practice by leaving them alone for short periods, such as when you go out to run a few errands. Gradually lengthen the time you are apart so that when you return to going to your workplace, your dog won’t suffer from panic attacks and cause destruction in your home while you’re gone.

Dogs may be a victim to certain health issues that can cause irregularities in their behaviors. Other behaviors may be routine in the disruption of routines, such as separation anxiety. Care for your pup by getting them the medical attention they need and training them. Doing these will benefit not just you and your pets, but also the community that you and your pup live in.

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