The behavior of a dog is very closely related to the way you behave with him and the place you give him in your life: in your apartment or your house, in your schedule, in your family. .. Some signs (biting, dog bites) are easy to spot; others are less visible, and you may not know them all.
The behavior of the dog is indeed often induced by manifestations that it does not control: an illness or a handicap which will create discomfort, pain …, disturbances in its daily life that will be a source of stress (arrival of a child or another animal), gaps in his education, old age …
Thus, in most cases, a dog does not have a priori good or bad behavior. It is the dog’s training that is decisive in his behavior with you, your relatives, and other dogs. In the beginning, when you welcome a dog, there may be small adjustments: the puppy is not completely clean; the puppy takes time to get used to the house cat …
Before thinking about correcting your dog, take the time to observe his attitudes, and his living environment, take into account his needs, and in most cases, you will rather have to correct his environment, or your own behavior …
A professional can help you think about it and set up the conditions for a good balance for your dog and for you.
In the following common examples, different types and causes of problematic behavior in dogs – or puppies are described.
Your dog is very nice but he growls from time to time showing his teeth
A dog is a dog, even a young one. Any sign of threat should be interpreted as a potential danger for the future, even if the growl has happened in a particular situation. There are no “extenuating circumstances” as this is the sign that precedes the bite. Talk to your veterinarian who will be the sole judge of the importance to give it.
Your puppy bites all the time. Is he cutting his teeth?
No! The puppy is simply making tooth contact with you when it shouldn’t. And that doesn’t mean the dog is hungry and needs to be fed, either.
He must acquire total bite inhibition, for the safety of individuals, and this is normally learned with his mother during the weaning period. Your dog must neither bite you – it is obvious – nor bite you. If this behavior continues after the dog arrives at the house, strictly punish this behavior. Likewise, outlaw any “aggressive play” with your puppy, then later with your dog.
Your puppy destroys everything in the apartment when you leave him alone
It is a behavior linked to separation anxiety, which will not pass with age, on the contrary! The puppy is terrified because he has not learned to stay alone in the absence of the owners, and can ravage the apartment.
It is, therefore, necessary to teach it “detachment” vis-à-vis its owners. For example, do not bark, and avoid responding to all his requests for hugs, and games … It is you who must master the relationship with the dog and not the other way around.
Your puppy is fearful, he doesn’t want to walk outside, and he is afraid of everything! Even with GPS Tracker Collars and the Best training collars
We are talking about Deprivation Syndrome, for a dog that has not been used, between the age of 3 weeks and 3 months, to all the stimuli with which it will be confronted in its future life (children, adults, cars, dogs, cats, trains …).
In general, the dog is relaxed in the apartment, but terrified when he has to go out because it is an opening to the unknown. This anxiety, sometimes linked to thyroid disorders, can of course be treated if you talk to your veterinarian.
Your puppy is very rowdy
Here again, it is a Hypersensitivity – Hyperactivity syndrome, a behavior that does not disappear with the passage to adulthood. Concretely, we will have almost the same adult dog on the behavioral level, as a puppy (much bigger and restless!). As soon as you spot this type of behavior in your puppy or your dog, talk to the vet because treatments are possible, before the dog becomes unmanageable, or at least that everyday life is too difficult to live with him.
My old dog has a behavior that is not like him
Close to Deprivation Syndrome, the dog may have only a few phobias to certain noises (vacuum cleaners, thunderstorms, fireworks, etc.). If this becomes bothersome, there are simple ways to “desensitize” the animal to these noises.
My old dog has a behavior that is not like him and is “losing his mind”
One of the first signs of Involutional Depression (old dog’s depression) is deafness. In fact, he hears but only reacts to what interests him (food for example).
His behavior will then continue to change: over the months, he will then become indifferent to everything around him, be disoriented, reverse day and night, then finally unlearn everything he has learned (inhibition of bite, cleanliness,…). In short, the dog will “lose his mind” very gradually.
This is not normal aging of the animal, and today there are several treatments for this senescence, similar to Alzheimer’s disease in humans.