Behavior Problems in Dogs and Their Solutions

by Caitlin

A dog’s behavior becomes a problem when it turns destructive or aggravating. A pup trying to break free of its training collar to attack others while you’re out on a walk with him is an example of a behavioral problem.

Below are more problems and their solutions.

1. Barking

Barking is undoubtedly a dog’s most straightforward form of communication. The furry buddies are known to bark mostly to give alerts, but when does the barking become aggravating? When your neighbor has complained three times in a day because the terrier won’t stop barking.


  • Barking usually arises from anxiety in dogs. Cuddle your pup and make him as comfortable as you can to help him relax. If this doesn’t work, seek experts’ help.

2. Digging

Dogs can dig from boredom or find some odd canine satisfaction. Either way, you don’t want to come home to your green lawn unearthed in ugly patches.


  • Do away with the source
  • Set an exercise schedule for your dog
  • Set aside a specific space for digging, e.g., the corner of your backyard. You can confine your pet there in an exercise pen so they can unearth freely without turning out the entire backyard. A sandbox will equally suffice if you don’t have enough backyard space to spare.

3. Begging

Have you ever been eating while someone stared straight at you with imploring eyes? If you have, bet you did not like the feeling. Likewise, a dog begging at your feet while you gobble down your hot dog is as unsettling as a bad habit can be.


  • Begging in dogs is easier prevented than cured. If you have a puppy, don’t drop the pup food portions from your plate during its first training stages whenever you’re at the table. A dog should only feed on his dish.
  • For older dogs with this habit, confine him in his crate whenever you are eating and do not give in to its barks and whines. He will eventually adapt to the arrangement.

4. Chewing

Dogs love to chew on random stuff, and that’s considered normal. Chewing becoming a behavior problem is where the pup chews excessively, causing damage to your property. Boredom, anxiety, curiosity, and teething in puppies are some of the reasons that cause dogs to chew


  • Procure chew toys from your local dog store. These are designed purposely for canines, and they run no risk of hurting their teeth while at it.
  • Limit your dog’s room access and store valuable stuff far from its reach.
  • Consistently take your dog out to exercise and to take part in physical activities.

5. Aggression

Aggressive tendencies in dogs don’t always manifest in sudden attacks, scratching, or biting. Your pooch jumping at you whenever you’re about to give him food is aggressiveness. So is growling and overly guarding his food while feeding, baring its teeth at you whenever you try to take your item from him, or angrily barking at other dogs whenever he’s out on a walk.


The truth is, putting an end to a dog’s aggressiveness isn’t unchallenging; in fact, you may not be able to do it entirely on your own. Do your research.

  • Find a dog behaviorist or a professional in the field. consistent training and close monitoring will help the dog improve

Note: if aggressive behavior isn’t controlled, the dog may one day attack someone or another dog and cause serious injuries. Thus, aggression shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Final Thoughts

While some habits, like begging and digging, can be prevented earlier, others like barking and aggression, almost can’t. Please Learn your dog’s problem and solve it effectively.

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