Behavior ‘problems’ are often misunderstood and mishandled by pet parents. Often, these problems are natural behaviors that require just a bit of training – both by you and a professional pet trainer. When your pet is always making noise, chewing on things, jumping up, or bitting unsuspected company, there is no real cause for concern. With a bit of understanding about how to deal with pet behavior problems quickly and effectively, you will no longer be at the mercy of your pet’s natural instincts. Let’s have a look at a few of the most common unwanted behaviors and what you can do about it.
First of all, it should be mentioned that every animal will express itself vocally for various reasons and this is completely normal and healthy behavior. There is no such thing as a completely silent dog, and your acceptance of normal vocalizing will be required.
Excessive barking is an issue that can be rectified with some behavioral training. Learning to understand what your pet is trying to communicate with you is the first step in directing the behavior if it gets out of hand. Learning the difference between a warning sound and a playful sound, for instance, can help you correct excessive vocalization in inappropriate situations.
Although many pet owners actually allow and encourage begging, it can lead to an unhealthy pet in the long run. Dogs are big fans of delicious food. Even so, feeding your pet leftovers may not be in their best interest, and are certainly not considered treats.
Correcting this behavior can include taking steps to restrict access to the room you are eating in. You can set up a specific area for your pet to relax while you are eating, and offer a treat after everyone is done. Over time, this helps to reinforce good behavior and prevents excessive begging.
Chewing is one of the ways a dog navigates the world. This is doubly so for puppies. Even so, if they are causing a mess and wrecking your valuables, you may need to take corrective action. Dogs typically chew because they are full of excess energy, bored, or anxious. Puppies will chew when they are teething and exploring the new things in their world.
If you provide your pet with plenty of chew-friendly toys, you can encourage them to opt for those instead of your sneakers. Keep valuables away from your dog and prevent access to areas with a lot of loose or potentially chewable items. If you find your dog chewing something they shouldn’t be, correct them with a loud sound and then give them something chew-friendly. Over time you should see progress.
Probably the most annoying of behavioral issues is inappropriate elimination around the house. When it comes to puppies under 12-weeks of age, you will not be able to do much about this as they are being house trained. Mature dogs, however, require attentive behavioral modification to address this issue.
Keep in mind that irregular household elimination could be because of an underlying health issue and may require attention from your vet. After checking with your vet, begin looking into the potential causes for this behavior and take corrective action. You may require a professional for this process as it can be quite complicated to address. You will be successful if you persist!
When it comes to how to deal with pet behavioral problems, patience and persistence is the key. By determining the root cause of certain behaviors, and then taking action to correct them in ways your pet will understand, you can eliminate even the most ingrained bad behavior fairly quickly. Always reach out to your vet if unusual or excessive issues persist as there may be an underlying health issue causing the behavior. Reach out to us today, and we can gladly discuss your options when it comes to corrective behavior.