Claire Bircham BSc(Hons) MSc
Claire Bircham BSc(Hons) MSc

The majority of 'problem' behaviours, which dogs may perform are in fact natural dog behaviours. However, when these become excessive or disruptive, they become a problem or a possible danger.



Common behavioural issues include:


Excessive barking- Dogs bark for many reasons, such as boredom, excitement, territorial defence, fear and loneliness.


Howling- Dogs generally howl for attention.


Recall problems- If your dog does not come back when called, it may be beneficial to use a long training lead whilst working to improve the dogs recall.


Jumping up- This behaviour is often unintentionally rewarded and encouraged by giving the dog attention when jumping up.


Dog on dog aggression- The signs of inter-dog aggression are growling, lip curling, lunging and biting. Aggression can be due to a number of reasons, such as fear and anxiety, territorial aggression, sexual agression or dominant agression.


Dog on human aggression- Dogs may be aggressive towards humans due to fear, territorial aggression, frustration or redirected aggression (ie if a person gets involved in a dog on dog fight).


Resource guarding- This is when a dog shows aggression intended to warn of either a person or another dog from a particular item or location, which they believe to be theirs.


Separation anxiety- This is displayed through chewing, barking,  howling, urination, defecation and destruction, when the dog is separated from the owner.


Chewing- Chewing is natural for all dogs but can become a problem if the dog starts causing destruction. Excessive chewing could be due to boredom, teething or anxiety.

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