Dogs are heart-warming creatures who elicit extremely strong feelings of affection, and anyone who owns one will fully understand why. There are times, though, when our dogs behave in ways that need correction, and although telling off our pets is not easy, sometimes it needs to be done. This infographic from Greyhounds as Pets https://gapnsw.com.au/ looks at common dog behaviours which should be rectified if you notice them in your dog.
- Incessant barking: When we hear our dogs bark, the instinctive reaction is usually to shout at them to stop. This serves only to aggravate the problem and it takes obedience training to curtail the regularity with which they bark.
- Excessive chewing: Dogs explore with their mouths, but that can be problematic if they chew on something precious (e.g. an expensive or highly important item of clothing). Give your dog an appropriate toy to chew upon so that they don’t go for what they shouldn’t.
- Begging: If you feed your dog from the kitchen table once, it will expect the same thereafter. Just don’t do this; take them to another room while you’re eating.
- Pulling on the leash: If you feel your dog pulling on the leash while walking, stop and they will do likewise once they realise you’re not moving. In time, they will come to know that pulling has no benefit.
- Digging holes: If you see your dog digging where they shouldn’t, stop them immediately and distract them with a toy instead.
- Isolation: It’s hard for your dog when they’re left alone, but you can’t be around them 24/7. Give them something to keep them occupied and leave them for a few minutes before calmly returning.
- Biting: If a dog feels threatened or nervous, they are more likely to bite. Expose them gradually to social settings from an early stage so that they feel comfortable around others.
- Whining for attention: It can be hard to ignore your dog when it whines, but you can’t let it command attention that easily. Let them know firmly but not rudely that you’re in charge and they’ll get the message.
You can read more about these behaviours in the infographic below.