Correcting Behaviour Problems in Dogs

Remember, nearly all common behaviours can be traced back to instinct. Barking, digging, marking, and chewing all served distinct purposes in the wild. Dogs become frustrated if their natural instincts are constantly suppressed. Rather than fighting these instincts or punishing the dog for doing what comes naturally, it’s far more productive to find acceptable ways to satisfy these instincts. Games like fetch, tug, and chase address a dog’s instinctual needs, as well as strengthen the bond between dog and owner. Play helps the dog expend excess energy, which is extremely important for appropriate behaviour. In order to be well adjusted and happy, dogs need to play. If your dog displays unacceptable behaviour, you should deal with it as soon as possible to prevent it from becoming a habit, especially if you’re dealing with a puppy.

If, after following the advice below, your dog is still displaying a persistent behaviour problem, it’s advisable to seek help from a recommended trainer or behaviourist.