December 13, 2017

Dog Behavior

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Michael asks…

Dog behavior?

My puppy (10 months) is acting terrible lately. His behavior is severly digressing, he still refuses to do his business outside, has started chewing furniture, etc. At ten months old, what should I do with him? Start crating him? We give him nothing but love, and someone is always home with him, and he acts well with our other dog who is well behaved at 2 years old. What can I do?! Please help.

admin answers:

Giving your dog nothing but love is your first and biggest mistake. This dog if not now, but soon will have, separation anxiety and from the sound of the chewing it may already have it. Provide your dog with lots of constructive exercise like walking and toy chasing exercise. Two 30-45 minute walks will tire the dog out so that he will have less energy to do so. Give him appropriate chew toys to keep him occupied and away from objects you deem inappropriate. As for the business inside, make sure your dog does not have 24 hour access to food. Give your dog scheduled meals and take the dog out on scheduled intervals. Your dog is going inside because he doesn’t know otherwise. Do not scold the dog after the fact, you have to catch him in the act, clapping your hands loudly, scooping him up and take him outside. There you wait until he does the business and praise graciously. Always praise the dog outside for potty and in no time he should know th difference.
A crate is a good idea if you cannot supervise all the time. Crate training is fairly easy. Put the dog’s favorite toys or treat filled toys like a Kong in there. You also might want to feed meals in the crate as well.
The dog should know in general what you find acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Set rules, limitation and boundaries and be consistent with them. If the dog fails it is not his fault – it was that you did not give 100% consistency and the dog became confused about the difference between right and wrong.
I am not saying to remove all affection from the dog, but only use it as a reward for something the dog did for you. Give affection when the dog is doing what it is supposed to be doing, like sitting or lying down – calm behavior should be rewarded, but if the affection causes the dog to get too excited – remove the affection until you get the behavior you want.
Good luck!

Charles asks…

dog behavior?

i want to know general dog behavior not what problems and how to avoid them. can some one tell me some thing?!!!

admin answers:

Dog behavior involves body language. Dog to dog, or dog to human, it’s all body language. It has been said that dogs learned to bark and adapted some of their body language, as they became domesticated, in an attempt to communicate with us. They must have succeeded because some people have learned how to read their needs and wants.

Dogs greet each other nose to genitals. Absolutely gross in our minds, but dogs learn a lot about each other in this manner. It would be like you and me chatting about ourselves so we can learn about each other. When my husband and I take our dog for a walk, we say that he’s reading his p-mail, just like we read our e-mail. Dogs sniff another dog’s scent markings, which contains pharamones, also to learn about the other dog.

A dog that lingers too long in sniffing the other is being rude. It would be like me continuing to babble on when you want/need to leave.

You can always tell the alpha dog in a group. He approaches others with his head high and his tail held high. But his posture will be relaxed, not stiff and threatening, unless he’s being aggressive. A submissive dog will not carry his tail and head as high, but he should not cower if he has confidence.

Hackles raised, use to mean that the dog is vicious. More recently, those who study dog behavior, have found that hackles raised simply means that the dog is very excited and very alert about something. Could still be aggression, if the tail is held stiffly, so you still need to be wary

I could write more, but I’m hoping first that this is what you were asking for?


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George asks…

Dog Behavior?

I have two dogs, one a Golden Retriever 5yrs, named Leo and an Alaskan/Golden mix 3yrs, named Eddie. Everytime someone comes home both dogs say “hi” and greet whom ever enters. While Leo( the Golden Retriever) is saying “hi”, Eddie(Alaskan/Golden mix) starts nipping and biting at Leo. Also, when I’m getting ready to get take Leo outside Eddie starts licking or biting ( I can’t tell) at Leo’s testes. Eddie is a good dog and loyal companion, but occassionally he gets out of control. I treat both Leo and Eddie the same, favouring none over the other. Both Leo and Eddie grew up together and have good chemistry together. I myself think it’s a little jealously, but I can’t be sure. Does anyone have any explanations for this kind of behavior or have any suggestions what I can do to stop this?

admin answers:

Animals can definately get jealous. Ignore them when you enter and exit the house. Correct the one doing the bad behavior. Do it as soon as he thinks about doing it. Timing is key! Don’t wait for him to make contact with the other dog – correct him just as he begins to make the motion that he is going to do it. Have a zero tolerance for it and they will eventually learn that it wont fly in your house.

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