Free Advice for Dog Behavior Problems

Determine the causes and get free tips for your dog behavior problems

Also see dog separation anxiety training and dog begging behavior

Dogs are not perfect creatures, from time to time they will do things that are undesirable behaviors. 

Chewing, barking, digging, begging and jumping are a few of the behavior problems that dogs may have. 

Most behavior problems occur in the beginning of dog ownership and unfortunately many people do not seek advice for dog behavior problems and one of two things happens - they either get rid of their dog or they live with the bad behavior. 

The good news is that you don't have to do either of these two things.  Using the free advice here, you can easily fix your dog's behavior problems and live happily with your dog.

Dog Chewing Behavior Problem Advice

Chewing is one of the most common behavior problems that dogs have.  Some dogs will chew whatever they can get their paws on - shoes, books, furniture, rugs and even drywall.  There are a few different reasons why your dog chews and with every reason comes with different advice to solve the problem. 

dog behavior problemIf your dog only chews when you are not around, it is likely that he suffers from Separation Anxiety.  Like other dog behavior problems, Separation Anxiety is easy to cure if you know what to do.  See the page devoted to Separation Anxiety for help on this subject.

Is your dog is between five and six months old? If he is, he's chewing on things because he is teething.  When dogs teethe, their gums hurt and chewing is just a way to soothe them.  Give your dog some special dog teething toys and ice cubes to chew on.  This should solve the problem.

Another reason why dogs chew is because they are bored or they have high energy.  If you are home and your dog seems to be chewing a lot, make sure he has plenty of things to chew on while keeping him away from things that he shouldn't chew. 

Bones, rawhide chews, plastic toys and stuffed toys can all be given to your dog for him to chew in place of your personal things.  Also, restrict your dog's access to your personal items.  If he can't find your shoes and he has a rawhide right in front of him, it won't be a tough decision for him to decide what to chew on.

Advice for Dog Barking Behavior Problems

Dogs are social creatures and can be very vocal with barks, growls and whiny noises.  First know that there is no reason in your dog's mind why he shouldn't speak his mind and bark whenever he wants.  But there are certainly sometimes when it is preferable for your dog to keep quiet.  The best advice to help this kind of dog behavior problem and to get control of the barking is to practice basic training commands.  It is very difficult for your dog to bark when he is lying down or sitting, so put him into those commands when he begins to bark at something.

If your dog barks a lot when you are not at home, he probably has Separation Anxiety.  Refer to the page about Separation Anxiety for solutions.

Dog Digging Behavior Problems

Many dogs are natural diggers.  In fact, the name terrier comes from terra which means soil.  The simplest and best advice to keep your dog from digging is to not leave him alone in your yard.  If this is not a possibility for you, consider why your dog digs.  Maybe he is bored or maybe he has Separation Anxiety because he is left alone in the yard.  If you think your dog is bored, make his outdoor time more exciting by providing toys to play with or a Kong.  If your dog might have Separation Anxiety, refer to that page for more information.

Advice for Dog Begging Behavior

Dogs beg for a variety of reasons but no matter why your dog begs, it can be agreed that a begging dog is a nuisance.  For more free advice on this behavior problem, see Dog Begging

Dog Jumping Behavior

When your dog jumps on you and others or jumps up onto countertops, it can be a serious problem.  Although it's not easy, jumping behavior can be stopped if you know what to do.  Check out Dog Jumping for advice on stopping this behavior.