At the very outset it is important to understand that several dog behavior problems are a result of a communication gap between the pet dog and owner and also because we often fail to fulfill our responsibilities to our pet. Very often, it might just be a perfectly natural thing for the animal to do but may not fit in the scheme of things of our human society of which the animals are a part.
Aggressive behavior – Dogs can display aggressive behavior for various reasons. Inherent traits in the breed and the severity of the problem play a role in determining the best possible solution. A pet dog may turn aggressive and growl threateningly if it feels cornered or unduly stifled. It may even bite in order to protect itself from what it may perceive as harm. If you can see that your dog is feeling threatened, the best thing to do is to leave it alone.
Dogs are territorial and this in fact is their trait that makes them such good guard animals. However, if they begin marking territory and fail to distinguish between friend and foe, then their conduct can become tedious to bear. Train the dog to not react when known faces appear at the door and you should exude an impression of being in command, so that the animal feels secure and does not get too jumpy.
Pain is another reason. An old and infirm or an injured dog is feels vulnerable. Inability to move fast and slow reactions make it liable to snap at people and other animals. If it is obvious that the animal is in pain, take it to the vet. However, it is possible that the you may pet the animal where it is hurting and it may react aggressively. Age-related conditions such as arthritis can also make the animal aggressive.
Sexual excitement is another reason for aggressive behavior in pet dogs. Males will compete fiercely for the attention of females and in the process fight with other dogs and sometimes turn on the pet parents. If you wish to keep your pet whole then you have to provide it with a mate or you could neuter or spay the animal, preferably before it reaches the age of six years.
Dogs that bite – Dog bite injuries are common and pet owners of breeds such as Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and Dalmatians are particularly at risk because these breeds account for the major portion of dog-bite cases that are reported. However, this does not mean that you should avoid having these wonderful breeds as pets. What it means is that as pet owners we need to be better educated on recognizing the signs and symptoms that tell us about the chances of a pet dog biting. This is important information to know because very often the bite victims are children below the age of 12 years. Unneutered males are responsible for more dog bites are more likely to bite.
Kids need to be told to keep away from dogs not known to them even if the animal is not displaying any aggression. Do not run and do not stare at the animal if it approaches you. Staring is taken as a sign of aggression and running can trigger the chasing instinct in the animal. Back off if a dog, even if it one you know, bares its fangs and growls. It is a classic sign that the animal may well sink its teeth into anything in range. A dog usually signals its intent to bite, it is for us to take cognizance and give it space. Reasons that provoke dog bites include a territorial attitude, a chase reflex, fear, etc.
Dogs that chew…and chew – It’s natural for a dog to chew. Unfortunately it is possible that your pet dog decides that there are just too many tempting chewies lying around your house and it is acceptable for him to check them out using his jaws and teeth. Pups can also be enthusiastic chewers; it’s a part of their growing up routine. It helps to manage teething irritation and soreness in the gums.Permanent teeth can take up to one year in coming; you need to be persevering with your pet child. Provide it with stuff that it can go crazy chewing and gently tell it about items that are a no-no. Items with the owner’s scent on them are of particular attraction to pet dogs, this means your shoes, slippers, socks, and similar items. You can try rubbing something like meat to the external surface of a rag doll or a toy to encourage it to chew. If you notice the animal reaching out to chew the corner of a carpet or a cushion, move in and give it one of its designated chewies.
Bones are a good thing to give to your dog. Hard and durable knucklebones are a good idea. However; make sure that the bones are sterilized. Do not give chicken and turkey bones that may break and splinter.
If your pet dog appears to be on a chewing spree that you are finding it difficult to manage then maybe you should consider consulting a vet. There could be a physical reason behind it.