Dogs make great company. However, they can also be really annoying at times and show signs of abnormal dog behaviour.
The way a dog behaves depends on the dog’s age, breed, personality and past experiences, so they're frustrating behaviour isn't always just down to them.
Luckily, most dogs can be handled by owners. All that’s needed is care, attention, a change of routine, and, mainly, a lot of patience. (And we mean a lot).
Ideally, train your dog from an early age to behave well by using rewards. Nonetheless, it’s never too late to begin training. Even the bigger nightmares of dogs still can be turned into well behaved, nice dogs.
Understanding Dog Behaviour
It’s important to bear in mind, that what’s considered abnormal dog behaviour to one owner, may be absolutely fine to another.
Do you like falling asleep with your dog on your bed? Or rather sleep with your own space, with your dog in its bed?
Do you like having a little warning when there’s someone at the door, thanks to your dog’s bark? Or do you sometimes wish he would just give it (and you) a rest?
Often, there are no right or wrong answers, it’s down to your preference. So before you try to solve your dog's behavioural problems, work out if it is actually that abnormal.
If your dog has all of a sudden started showing behavioural problems, such as aggression, we recommend taking them to the vet as a precaution to rule out any health problems.
Types of Abnormal Dog Behaviour
Does your dog get a kick out of destroying your home? Does it make a mess when your back is turned, almost as if it's on purpose to wind you up?
This detrimental behaviour means your dog has too much energy. Treat this easily with regular exercise like going for walks or letting them run around for a bit. Playing fetch or frisbees are two other great ways to help wear them out.
Does your dog seem to have an endless pot of uncontrollable energy?
This entails actions such as spinning around, chasing lights and chewing themselves. Behaviour like this is often found in dogs who have been in sheltered and will require a visit to your vet to seek professional help, such as medication and therapy.
When dogs begin to show signs of aggressive behaviour, extra care and diligence must be taken to prevent it. After all, this behaviour isn’t just dangerous for your dog, but also other animals and humans, including you. No dog is naturally aggressive, so use voice commands and reward with treats when he obeys you.
If a dog has suddenly started to act aggressive, it could be a sign it is sick or in pain. In this case, take your dog to the vet as a precaution to rule out any illness or injury.
How To Stop Food Aggression Between Dogs
Do you own multiple dogs? If the answer is yes, you’ve probably been witness to the food aggression between the pair. Whilst there is enough food to go around, the dogs fail to realise this (they are dogs after all).
Also known as ‘resource guarding’, dogs can get naturally possessive over their items, and that predominantly being food. In the wild, it’s key to survival to protect their possessions. However, your dogs not in the wild and actually got a pretty good deal living in your house, with all food provided.
In a household with multiple dogs, it's important to keep them separated at mealtimes and ensure they never share a food bowl. A study showed that 46% of aggression between dogs is over food, so the chance of aggression should be reduced significantly by keeping them apart when eating, instilling clear boundaries. Another downside of them eating together is that, unless you're willing to stand over them the duration of their dinner, you will not know exactly how much they’re eating. One could be overeating whilst the other is undereating which within itself can bring more problems.
Even if you only have one dog, he can still be guilty of a spot of resource guarding. This can be in the form of growling or barking when you go near his food. Stop this by giving him distance when he eats, especially if you have small children who may, unknowingly, be instigating this further.
How To Stop Dog Stealing Food
We’ve all been there….
That moment when you realise your dogs being quieter than usual - then suddenly remember the lasagne you’ve left on the side in the kitchen. You run in, and of course it's gone and your dog is looking like butter wouldn’t melt.
Dogs are dogs. They’re instinctively hungry. Whilst we know that dog food is specially made for dogs to eat, they aren’t quite as clever as us and will try to eat it as well as everything else.
Whilst it is easy to fly into a hunger driven verbal fit of rage, whilst your dog looks gormlessly back at you not understanding a word you say. It’s your job as an owner to stop this in the first place. It’s not just highly inconvenient for you, but potentially dangerous for your dog as there are plenty of human foods which dogs can’t eat. Find out what food your dog should never eat here.
If you’re left wondering ‘why does my dog steal food?’ the answer is simple: dogs are natural scavengers.
Unfortunately for us, it’s just how they’ve evolved over time.
Although it can be funny to watch this happen to other owners on YouTube, it definitely isn’t a laughing matter when it's you left dinnerless. Combat this by making sure they are getting all the nutrients they need from their food. If they’re lacking certain minerals and vitamins they will naturally start to look elsewhere for them. Whilst some turn to eating grass (find out more about this weird habit here), other dogs will, unfortunately, go for your dinner.
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