Whether you acquire your dog from a shelter or from a breeder, some will come with — or develop — vexing behaviors of one sort or another.
In fact, some 42% to 90% of owners when asked point blank if their dog exhibits any, even minor, behavior problems will admit that it does. What these owners often fail to realize, though, is that most of these behavior problems are surprisingly easy to treat as long as owners take the right course of action.
I will list a few of the more common behavior problems below. Click here to read the solutions to these behavior problems.
1. Submissive Urination (otherwise known as Super-submission)
2. Separation Anxiety
3. Owner-Directed Aggression
4. Fear Aggression to Strangers.
5. Fear Aggression to Other Dogs
6. Storm Phobia
7. Excessive Barking
8. Running Away
Whatever behavior problem your new or old friend is showing, there is always a way forward. There is an old saying, “That as long as you are on the right path you will eventually get where you’re going.” All I have done is explain that path for the various conditions mentioned above. The journey down that path may be long or may be short but, like every journey, it begins with the first step and continues with the very essence of training — consistency and patience on the part of the trainer (that would be you!).
Dr. Dodman is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the school’s Animal Behavior Clinic. He is also Chief Scientific Officer for the CENTER FOR CANINE BEHAVIOR STUDIES. He has written over 100 scientific articles and several popular press books, including The Dog Who Loved Too Much and The Cat Who Cried for Help.