|However, just like people, dogs can behave differently, depending on their mood, training, and health condition / Photo by: max5128 via 123RF|
We all know that your dog could be the most precious companion you’ll have at home. For most single people, they rely on their pets for love and affection. It’s always so good to come home to a happy dog that welcomes you at the front door. Some families even have several dogs at home that make the house even livelier.
However, just like people, dogs can behave differently, depending on their mood, training, and health condition. You may have had one of those days wherein you did not want to be with your dog due to its behavior. It’s like having a silent argument with a friend or a partner. This could be frustrating, especially if your dog is barking non-stop, and you’ll have to wake up early because of the loud noises it makes. If behavior problems are already present in your dog, then you’ll have to do something about it soon.
In an article on the NBC News page, a website that provides up-to-date news and feature articles, Tyler Olhmann, a dog trainer, said that dogs generally behave the way they need to. Their behavior will be dependent on the way they are handled. Much of the behavior they show is feedback on how they are being handled. Hence, it is we who are holding the leash, so it could also be a problem with our behavior toward our dear pets.
Why Dogs Develop Behavioral Problems
Humans are prone to developing behavior problems, though we are also adept at controlling our emotions, behavior, and reactions. As for your dog, it could also be the same, but they are still animals so there will be moments when their actions would be considered unpredictable. However, according to Clicker Training, a webpage that caters to dog training and behavioral issues, there are some reasons why your dog might be misbehaving. You’ll have to understand the real reason behind your dog’s bad behavior, and you might just begin to understand everything that they are feeling.
1. Lack of exercise
Dogs are generally active animals, so they should be getting exercise during the day. They need physical activity to be happy, which means a bit of running without a leash or letting them join you for a jog would be beneficial not only to their health but also to their mood. Some places even have dog daycare centers where your pet can play and be active with other dogs.
2. Lack of mental activities
Just as work is tiring for humans, your dog needs to be mentally stimulated as well. You can do this by letting your dog find his food around the house or making him fetch things for you for treats. Some dog toy puzzles can also be bought from stores to let your dog play and figure things out.
|Just as work is tiring for humans, your dog needs to be mentally stimulated as well / Photo by: K. Thalhofer via 123RF|
3. Health issues
Perhaps the most important reason why your dog is misbehaving is that it is feeling sick or uncomfortable. The only problem with our canine friend is that they cannot tell us exactly how they are feeling health-wise. Some issues that can make your dog misbehave or change behavior would include arthritis, ear infections, deafness, skin disease, thyroid problems, and cancer. Though there are more illnesses that can affect your dog, better have a veterinarian check for your pet for possible health concerns. Some of the complaints here might be bothering your dog.
Behaviors can also be caused by genetics. Generally, how the parents of your dog act would probably be the same as your pet. If you are about to get a puppy, check the temperament or general behavior of the parent first before you make your purchase. However, if the dog is able to get socialized with other dogs, chances are your dog would also be friendlier than normal.
5. Environmental changes
A change in habitat could not be appealing to your dog. If your pet is used to sleeping inside the house and you suddenly decide to make it sleep outside, then it would probably react negatively to the whole thing. Also, if there is a lack of pattern to your actions toward your dog, it could create confusion and make your pet act differently as well. Your response to their behavior is also essential. Generally, a negative action would elicit a negative response.
|A change in habitat could not be appealing to your dog. If your pet is used to sleeping inside the house and you suddenly decide to make it sleep outside, then it would probably react negatively to the whole thing / Photo by: Daniel Kaesler via 123RF|
6. Not accepting the “norm”
All dogs bark, eat their poop, jump, or growl to a certain degree. You’ll have to learn to accept that these behaviors are normal, and you cannot really stop your pet from doing them even if you really want to. It could be a nuisance to most people, but that comes with owning a pet dog. Also, there are certain breeds that do bark a lot. If you want a quiet house, perhaps you’ll have to choose a cat instead.
All of these things should be taken into account when you think your dog is behaving badly. If you cannot handle it, then perhaps it’s time to go to a veterinarian for help.