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Is your dog acting up? Here are our solutions to 7 common dog behaviour problems!

We know that owning a dog isn’t always fun and perfect instagram photos, so... we went ahead and did some investigating into common dog behaviour problems, so you don't have to! Let’s debunk the most common dog behavioural problems and look at some helpful tips and tricks to stop them. 

 

1. Chewing 

One of the most common things we hear at Bailey’s Beds HQ is “ My dog chews up every single pet bed we buy them!” Luckily, we have made our personalised dog beds as chew-proof as possible with hidden zippers and strong, high quality fabrics!

Chewing is a natural behaviour for all dogs, it is often due to puppy teething, boredom, curiosity or anxiety. However, it’s important to keep their chewing under control so you don’t come home to a lounge room full of cushion stuffing or half chewed flip flops! 

In order to channel this behaviour in the right direction, you will want to provide your dog with plenty of chew toys and try to keep your personal items out of reach! Although, if you do happen to find your dog chewing up your fancy new pillows, use a sharp noise to distract them - for example a quick "sh" sound - and replace the item with one of their own chew toys.

2. Barking 

Barking is an important dog behaviour to understand, particularly because a dog's bark will often be a warning, a response to other dogs or playfulness, however, it could also be your dog trying to seek attention, express anxiety  or tell you they are bored!

To find a solution to this dog behavioural problem, it is important to first consider the underlying cause of the barking, wether this may be a heath problem, separation anxiety or simply a new bad habit. Consistent training is required to address excessive barking, starting with basic commands and positive reinforcement towards your dog's good behaviour. 

3. Begging 

Bailey has been a very lucky pup recently, as her big sister Maddison is quite the messy eater, so Bailey gets all of her floor droppings... 

As hard as it is to resist those adorable puppy dog eyes at your feet when you are eating, it is important that as a dog owner, you don’t encourage the habit of begging for food, particularly during meal times. So, before you sit down and eat tell your dog to go to it’s place, for example their dog bed or put them in another room if necessary. Once you are finished eating, reward your dog for its good behaviour with their own treat, rather than table scraps! 

4. Jumping Up 

When your dog jumps up they are often showing excitement and trying to say hello, however, it is also a form of attention seeking. For small dog breeds this behaviour is not much of a problem, however, for larger dog breeds their jumping can sometimes become dangerous. 

There have been a few methods tested in order to teach a dog to stop jumping up including pushing the dog or lifting your knee, however this only tells the dog that their behaviour will get a reaction. Instead, ignore your dog and turn around when they jump, when your dog calms down, give them positive reinforcement and a treat. 

5. Biting 

Biting is instinctive for dogs! When they are adorable little puppies their mums teach them how to explore their environment without biting too hard, known as bite inhibition. 

Your puppy may bite for several reasons, it could be out of fear, defensiveness, pain, territoriality or simply a predatory instinct. So how can you manage this need to bite? 

  1. Socialise your dog and introduce them to new and different settings 
  2. Use positive reinforcement to encourage your dog's good behaviour, rather than punishing their bad behaviour 
  3. Look out for negative body language in your dog - such as having bared teeth or their ears lying flat

6. Separation Anxiety 

A lot of new puppies were lucky enough to be brought to their forever homes during the COVID-19 isolation! However, it is expected that when their owners go back to work and normality their new dogs are going to feel their lack of presence! Here is a few quick signs to recognise separation anxiety in your dog:

  • The dog becomes anxious when their owner prepares to leave
  • The dog starts to misbehave in the first 45 minutes after their owner leaves
  • The dog constantly wants to follow their owner around
  • The dog tries to be touching their owner at all times

Unlike chewing or begging, there is no quick fix for separation anxiety, and in extreme case dogs often need dedicated training or even medication. For less severe cases, products such as calming beds and vests can be used. Our fluffy personalised dog beds are designed to be calming, with lots of comfy snuggle nooks for your pup! 

7. Digging 

Just when you got your front lawn looking extra-green and lush, your dog comes along and digs a nice brown hole right in the middle of the yard! This is all too common and is often caused by boredom, the desire to hide possessions, anxiety or a hunting instinct.

If you can determine the cause of the digging it may be easier to prevent the digging from continuing, however, other solutions include getting a sandbox or an area where your dog can dig as much as they like! 

 

What cheeky behaviours has your dog been up to? Let us know in the comments. We hope this blog has been helpful and given you some new techniques and solutions! 

Please note: Bailey’s Beds is not a dog behavioural specialist or vet and the information provided is based on research provided from external resources.


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