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Behavior Challenges In Dogs

Nov 15, 2007
Understanding that dogs and humans require care that is very similar is very important for the dog owner. Dogs adjust to their environment throw growth and learning in much of the same ways as a small child does. Understanding what is expected of them is a knowledge that the dog is not born with. From birth a dog must be taught to act and react to situations in the way that we expect them to. They need to know the difference between right and wrong. Introduced in this article are some common challenges in dog behavior.

"Separation Anxiety", a type of anxiety that is common in both children and adults has been discovered that many dogs also suffer from this type of anxiety. Being separated from their owner can cause a lot of stress for the dog as a result of Separation Anxiety. There is a wide range of separation anxiety symptoms that a dog can the same as humans can show an assortment of symptoms. In the majority of the cases pertaining separation anxiety in dogs there are several symptoms that are present. They are as follows.

Sign of physical and emotional distress are signs that are made apparent to the owner. This symptom can become very severe. Showing these signs is a distinguished symptom caused from severe anxiety. One of the most common symptoms of separation anxiety is the habit of constant barking in the absence of the owner. The chewing of personal belongings may be another symptom of separation anxiety. As a result of high stress levels when separated from their owner, many dogs develop a habit of self injury.

Many dog owners may become extremely frustrated when their pet experiences these issues. If the situation has turned into a complication in your home, it is best to approach the pet with a calm demeanor and love. You may also consider visiting a veterinarian. The animal specialist may be able to prescribe a medication that will allow a change of attitude in the pet. Furthermore, they may be able to provide you with a reasonable manner of handling of the behavioral issue in the pet.

Many dog owners face the complication of overly excited pets that consistently jump up frequently. If this is something that you find is a common occurrence, and you are not keen on the idea, it is essential that you gently persuade an alternative behavior by being loving and gentle. Many dogs see this as a sign of their excitement to see you, and their love for you. In order for you to encourage a more acceptable behavior, follow the guidelines listed below:

* If you see that the dog is about to jump up, it is important that you take a step back and instruct the animal to sit. While this should not be said in a loud or negative way, it is imperative that it is said in a firm way.

* If the dog reacts in an appropriate manner, it is important to ensure that you encourage and reward as you deem appropriate.

* If you find that the basic behavior reward system fails to work as appropriate, then it is important to review basic skills, such as sitting.

By using the guidelines in this article, you are sure to see a positive change in the behavior of your pet. It does take patience, and dedication, but success is eminent if handle your pet with the same love and consideration that you would
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David Lee is an expert on pet care. See dog bone cancer, German Shepherd health and cat trees for your kitty.
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