Today I’m going to talk about four common behaviors of dogs. Not all common behaviors of dogs are problems, but some can turn into a problem for you. Some of the behaviors are more common in specific breeds, such as digging. Many dogs love to dig which can become a problem. So, some behaviors can create problems, but they can be corrected with time, patience, and positive reinforcement.
How does your dog bark? Dogs will bark for different reasons. Barking is a form of communication for a dog. Your dog may bark because they sense danger and they are alerting you to the danger. Dogs protect their territory.
When an animal or a stranger approaches, your dog will bark proclaiming it is his or her territory. Or your dog could be announcing someone has arrived. Sometimes dogs will bark because they are bored or they are lonely.
You can listen to your dog barking and distinguish the different types of barking that occur in different situations. Just as people use different tones of voice, a dog has different tones of barking. For more information on barking, click here.
A dog will dig because of instinct. It’s in their DNA. They may dig to hide food or toys. Sometimes your dog may dig to have a cool place to lay. Some breeds of dogs dig for fun and they enjoy digging and will be playful while they are digging creating random holes.
Some dogs will dig to escape. You don’t want your dog to dig under a fence to escape because they will be in danger roaming free. Create a digging area if you can, and encourage your dog to dig in this area. A digging area will allow your dog to dig without creating random holes and both of you will be happy.
Puppies that are teething will chew on something to make them feel better. You need to provide you puppy with safe toys and bones to chew on and some toys can be frozen to help relieve the pain of cutting teeth.
Adult dogs chew for different reasons, such as boredom and anxiety. Provide your dog with toys that you can put treats in. Your dog will have to work to get the treats and will keep your dog busy and entertained.
Chewing helps keep their teeth clean and their jaws strong and can relieve boredom and mild anxiety.
Dogs are pack animals, they live and travel in packs, so it’s natural for dogs to feel some anxiety when they are alone. Take your dog for a long walk before you leave them. While you are walking your dog, they are releasing energy and more likely to go into a resting mode when they return home. When you leave, give your dog some safe toys to chew on or play with. You can also try the Thundershirt for Dogs which provides a calming effect for 80% of dogs, reducing anxiety. I bought one for my dog and it makes a big difference.
More information about canine behaviors will be added in future postings. The information on this website is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian, dog trainer, or dog behavioral specialist. Feel free to leave a comment below about your dog’s behavior.