How to diagnose behavioral aspects of your pet?
Like humans pets also show behavioral aspects. There are various internal and external factors which affect their behavior. Internal factors may include mental problems like mental stress, discomfort. External factors may include environmental factors like diet, surroundings, age, and physical health.
Common Dog Behavior Problems
- Barking: Usually dogs bark but excessive barking can be a symptom of behavior problem. However it is necessary to know the basic reasons of barking like:
- To alert or to warn
- Responding to other dogs
- Chewing: Chewing is a basic nature of dogs but if they start causing destruction then it can be a behaviour problem. Common reasons of chewing are:
- Puppy teething
- Digging: Most dogs do digging and reason may be its instinct. Some breeds are more use to it like Terriers because of their hunting behavior. Common reasons for digging are:
- Hunting instinct
- Seeking comfort ( shelter or cooling down )
- Hiding belongings
- Separation anxiety: Separation anxiety takes place when dog is separated from its owner. It results in causing behavior problems. Signs of true separation anxiety are:
- It becomes anxious when owner is ready to leave
- Starts misbehaving in first 15-45 minutes after owner leaves.
- Start following owner around frequently.
- It tries to touch its owner whenever gets the chance
- Begging: Begging is not good but sometimes owners facilitate this habit. It can result in digestive problem and obesity. Dog begs because of love for food but begging should not be permitting to dog. Train your pet to stay until you have finished your meal. It will be better to confine it to another room where it will not be able to see you.
- Chasing: Chasing is mostly their hunting instinct. Dogs chase other animals, cars, or any other moving object. It can lead to dangerous results.
- Biting: Hunting can be their real motive to bite. While exploring their surroundings dogs learn a lot in pack by biting. It is responsibility of owner to make their pet learn that biting is not acceptable. Some other reasons which motivate them to bite can be:
- To defend
- To protect its belonging
- Hunting instinct
- Pain or illness
- Aggression: Dogs usually express their aggressive behavior by growling, snarling, showing teeth, lunging and biting. It is important to have knowledge about dog’s potential to get aggressive despite of its breed or abusive history. Reasons for aggression may be the same as reason for its biting behavior.
It is necessary to be deeply acquainted with the behavior of dogs liking chasing, biting, jumping up, digging etc and reason for behaving in that manner. Their behavior should be observed very carefully so as to diagnose when they are having any sever behavior problem