Zoomies Doggy Daycare

Dog Behaviour Training

Owning a dog can be one of the most rewarding things in life. But if you have a dog with behavioural issues it can quickly become painful.  Below are some of the most common behavioural issues we see. The good news is they are all very treatable but first we must understand the root cause, then we can treat the underlying issue 🙂 

Below we summarise the most common behavioural issues and list some the the typical causes. The first step is to identify the root cause and then address it using mainly positive reinforcement and some corrections.

If you would like to discuss any of the below issues with us in more detail please contact us today for a free consultation!

Barking

It is natural for your dog to bark. They may bark out of excitement, anxiety, fear. They may whine, howl, growl, and vocalise in many different ways, but barking can be considered a behavioural problem when it is in excess.

Common types of barking include:

  • Responding to and talking to other dogs
  • Looking for attention
  • Alerting
  • Playing/excitement
  • Boredom
  • Anxiety

Chewing

Is part of a dog’s natural behaviour. If your dog chews, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it is actually quite important for the dog’s health, it promotes good health in teeth. However if your dog starts to chew things that it shouldn’t, for example, your furniture or favourite pair of shoes, then this can quickly become a behavioural problem. The main reasons for chewing include:

  • Boredom/lack of enrichment 
  • Puppy teething/curiosity
  • Anxiety 
  • Built up energy

Digging

Another natural behaviour of a dog is digging. It is in their nature to want to dig, whether this be because they are bored, struggle with anxiety, want to hunt, seek comfort, escape or gain access to a certain area or simply hide their possessions.

Separation Anxiety

Being one of the most commonly discussed behavioural problems in dogs, separation anxiety can be shown in many different ways. Some of which include:

  • The dog following the owner/s around constantly
  • The dog becomes anxious right before the owner is about to leave
  • Bad behaviour occurs right after the owner has left
  • The dog is constantly trying to touch and be near the owner/s.

Inappropriate Elimination:

If you have already determined the cause of your dog’s inappropriate elimination is not a health issue (which you should discuss with your vet first), then you need to determine the root cause for this problem. Urinating and defecating inside your home and the home of others, can be very frustrating and stressful for your dog too. One of the reasons may be:

  • Marking their territory
  • Anxiety
  • Excitement/submissive (common in puppies and younger dogs)
  • Or lack of proper house training

Begging

Can be a difficult habit to break if you have already allowed your dog to start. If you enable your dog to beg by giving them food whilst you are eating, whether that be at the dining table, or while you’re sitting on the sofa, then you are the root cause of the begging

Chasing

Is a natural instinct for a dog and is simply a display of their predatory behaviour. If your dog only chases their toys and balls around the garden, then this of course is not a problem, however, when they start to chase other animals, people or moving vehicles, this can then become a dangerous problem with horrible outcomes.

Jumping up

is your dog’s way of showing that they are excited, or wanting to steal a certain item out of your hand, whether that be food or a toy that they love. However, if your dog is quite big and strong, jumping up can soon become dangerous, as well as annoying.

Bitting

When puppies bite, they are doing so to explore their environment. Animals don’t have hands like humans do, therefore the only way they can really explore the environment around them, is to use their mouth, teeth and tongue. It can be harmless fun when they are puppies, and you can always divert your dog’s biting onto chew toys, but if they are still biting when they are an adult, it can become a problem.

Aggression

Dogs can display aggression in many forms, this can include:

  • Growling
  • Snarling
  • Showing their teeth
  • Lunging
  • Biting
  • Whale eye
  • Body freezes
  • Hackles 


It is important to note that any dog is capable of showing aggression and that they are entitled to feel this way, the same way that we as humans can also feel aggression, however, it is also important that we as owners know how to deal with our dog’s aggression. First of all, we need to find out what is causing this aggression.