Put yourself in their shoes – you’re in a in a seemingly foreign land, you can’t understand and speak the language, you are confused of the expectation and so much more – all these things are truly frightening, while at the same time, exciting. That is basically how a dog would feel like when they first come to a house. This is not even the first time for them to come to a new house!
Problems, great or small, are bound to happen every now and then. All behavioral problems are solvable with love and patience, though. The first sure step in resolving each and every problem is by placing yourself on their shoes and soon, you will be able to speak the language that both of you will understand.
Below are tips and tricks on how to know if your dog is having a behavioral problem and how you can solve them:
Just like humans, dogs can also develop irrational uncertainties and/or phobias. They can be particularly vulnerable when alienated from their sires. This vulnerability eventually compels them to develop anxiety. When a dog is having separation anxiety, he or she may express the behavioral problem by:
- Showing extreme distress over family members leaving, especially when this means being alone.
- Injuring themselves in making a frantic attempt to break free like breaking their teeth, digging doors with claws, jumping over glass windows, and ripping their paws to escape from their crates among so many other.
- Barking continuously whenever the owners leave.
- Becoming destructive and violent like chewing on things their way and scratching the sofa or doors.
- Losing house training, including pooping inside the house.
What You Can Do When Your Dog Has Separation Anxiety?
Aggression is serious in dogs so make sure you provide the right solutions right after you learn that your dog is having separation anxiety. Some of the best ways of doing that would be:
- Seeking help from the right people and experts on the matter, like your vet. Doing so will immediately solve the physical causes of the behavioral problem.
- Consulting an expert animal behaviorist and/or trainer who will assess and suggest the appropriate solutions to the situation.
- Developing a strategic plan that will modify your human-dog interaction.
- Choosing a good breed of dogs.
- Taking your dog out to socialize.
- Disallowing your puppy or dog to growl and/or snap just because you think it is cute
Dogs have too much energy to burn so they can get anxious and bored easily when idle. Immobility will stress them out and as a release, they can become destructive enough for you to take some serious action. If they do the destruction and damage when you are away, you can:
- Put your dog in a crate, but make sure that the problem is not separation anxiety.
- Restrict your dog from your home or office.
- Leave the radio on.
- Hide your precious toys so the pooch won’t find them.
- Hire a trainer or just a dog-walking service, which will break up the activities of his day.
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