Common Dog Behaviors
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Common Dog Behaviors


Most of the dog behaviors are weird to both new and experienced dog owners. If you want to have better relationship with your dog then try to understand the meaning of the most common dog behaviors. Here is the list of most common dog behavior:

1. Chewing:

It is a similar behavior as that of a growing child; your dog wants to get relief from the pain caused due to arrival of new set of teeth by chewing on toys and other objects. This behavior is natural as well as unavoidable. In order to prevent this freeze a baby’s teething ring or even a knotted rag for quick, inexpensive relief.

2. Biting:

Dog will bite a person as a way of communicating their presence of mind and their needs. It could react in aggression, fear or nervousness. It is a natural part of healthy, friendly puppy play between animals. To prevent this kind of behavior stop playing with him immediately if he bites during play.

3. Growling over food:

Its natural instinct is to hunt for their foods and it includes hunting on the counter and garbage. This is referred to as "counter surfing". Most people think that dogs are protective for their foods that is the reason behind their growling. To prevent this train him that he should realize that humans are not a threat to his food.

4. Barking:

By nature, dogs bark to raise an alarm or to alert any possible danger. Praise him if he barks for some good reason. If he barks for no reason, then just tell him to be silent. By this way, he learns to bark for the ‘good’ reasons.

5. Digging:

It is one of the instinctual activities. It has been written in the dog’s DNA. It is more common in terrier breeds.He primarily digs for two reasons; one is to protect the food and other is to provide shelter from the heat.

6. Garbage Mess-up:

Crate the dog when you’re not at home to prevent him from getting into the garbage. In order to prevent this, purchase a heavy trash can with lid. Also dispose the trash immediately when it is dumped with meat or bones.

7. Jumping up:

It is the common expression for their happiness. Don’t encourage him to jump for all as he may consider such a behavior to be okay. Train him to jump when you’re signaling him to jump otherwise he shouldn’t. Correct it immediately when he is jumping unnecessarily. Praise him when he has landed.

8. Submissive & Excitement Urination:

Young dogs may urinate often when it is excited. Also as a sign of submission in the presence of another animal (or person) that they consider dominant. Owner should get to know about the reason behind involuntary urination to occur. Excitement or sudden movement towards the puppy may cause him to urinate. Try to avoid this kind of situation.

9. Whining or Crying:

It usually happens as a result when the owner is providing him with the things which he likes because of whines or cries. The dog learns that whining gets the favored response from his owner. To prevent this, reward him when he stops whining after 2 seconds. Ignore the whines for unnecessary cause.

10. Leash Pulling:

The dog that doesn’t walk properly on a leash requires a bit of training. When he is about to apply tension over the leash, stop by in your track and be firm. Praise him when he turns back and start pulling him into his heel position. If he remains next to your leg continue to praise him.

11. Sniffing each other:

Dogs sniffs each other as a form of greeting. The most often sniff region is at the bottom as it has strongest odor. By sniffing butts, dogs can learn each other’s gender, diet, emotional state and more. Scientists have called this “chemical communication.”

12. Separation anxiety:

Dogs are always meant to be packed with group of his mates. They feel anxious when they are separated from their pack-mates. So when are separated for more than a day, try taking your dog on a nice, long walk before leaving him alone in the house. Leaving him in the resting mode can calm his anxiety.

13. Howling:

It is another form of dog communication. The howl, which typically happens in response to an ambulance, thunderstorm or other cause of distress, is your dog displaying his emotions. It also does this when he is lonely. Rewarding your dog when it is quiet will help to stop howling excessively.

14. Chasing:

A dog's desire to chase moving things is simply a display of predatory instinct. Many dogs will chase other animals, people and cars. All of these can lead to dangerous and devastating outcomes. To prevent leash your dog at all times. Also train them to listen to your commands.

15. Wagging Their Tails:

Like licking, tail wagging is also another sign of communication between dogs. By looking at the way they wag their tail, we can say whether they are happy or frightened. If it wags to the right then it may show that it are happy or vice versa.