The human and dog relationship is one that can be of benefit to everyone involved. When we have a dog in our home, we often enjoy the companionship and unending love that they show for us. That being said, there are some dogs that can be difficult and when they have various types of behavioral problems, it can strain the relationship and at times, can even make us miserable.
Sometimes, it is difficult to really understand the scope of the problem that a dog owner is experiencing when they have a problem animal. It can lead to a wide variety of issues, including emotional stress and even physical problems. That is why it is so important to address these issues when they first occur and to stop them from happening when they are a regular problem. It may take some persistence on the part of the owner but it will be well worth the effort when the problem is reduced or gone.
First of all, it would be difficult if not impossible to list every single behavioral problem that is experienced by dogs. The same could also be said of humans who have behavioral or emotional problems as well. In addition, it can be difficult to understand fully what is behind such behavior problems, although we may look into some general features that could lead us to an answer. Rather than being frustrated over the problem, it’s time to sit down and think about what is behind the issue and how you can alter it.
Sometimes, the problem can be quite serious. There are times when a dog that was at one time calm and loving turns aggressive. When that is the case, it is important to look beyond the fact that they are aggressive and consider the possibility that they may be sick. Dogs tend to show these types of behavioral problems when they are having health issues and a trip to the veterinarian may be in order before you take it any further.
Another factor that can be considered is regular obedience training. Perhaps you took your dog to obedience classes when they were a puppy and they still know how to sit or come to you on command. Those obedience classes were more than a way to teach your dog how to listen to your voice. They were something that was enjoyable for both you and the dog. Training the dog regularly can go a long way in helping to correct bad habits.
There may also be times when we use negative reinforcement without even thinking about it. Dogs respond well to positive reinforcement and it is important to be consistent in this regard. Regardless of whether it is chewing on furniture or digging in the yard, be sure that you train them with a positive edge.
Dogs do not typically exhibit behavioral problems without an underlying issue. In many cases, it could be a behavioral problem associated with the owner and not the dog himself. Consider all possibilities, continue in your obedience training and if necessary, get professional assistance.