More often than not, there is an underlying problem when a dog misbehaves. However, many dog owners misunderstand or misinterpret these behaviors and make them worse instead of fixing them. Hence, if your dog is misbehaving, here are the possible reasons why they’re doing it:
- Poor training
Dog training is crucial to your pet’s behavior. If you train them correctly or have them taught by a professional, they are less likely to engage in harmful acts as they grow up. However, if training is inadequate, inconsistent, or simply incorrect, it can lead to undesirable behaviors like excessive barking or chewing.
- Health problems
If your dog is acting weird or suddenly exhibiting new behaviors, take them to the vet as soon as possible to rule out any potential health issues. Don’t jump to the conclusion that they are just seeking attention or misbehaving for the sake of it. If any underlying health condition is ignored, your dog’s health can decline rapidly, so make sure they are healthy.
Dogs can get bored, too. And when they do, they tend to relieve that boredom by destroying stuff, barking excessively, or digging in the yard. Combat your pet’s boredom by ensuring they get plenty of exercise and stimulation through play. If you don’t have the time to walk or play with them, hire a dog walker, and buy an automatic ball shooter to keep them occupied.
- Inconsistent rules
The rules in your house need to be consistent so that your dog doesn’t get confused. If they are not allowed on the furniture, everyone in the household shouldn’t allow them on the furniture. The same goes for food. If they are not allowed to have human food, advise family members and guests not to feed the dog any human food. Having inconsistent rules can confuse your dog and unintentionally make them disobedient.
- Environmental changes
When you move to a new house, the changes in the environment can make your dog anxious. As a result, they can engage in bad behavior, such as biting, defensiveness, restlessness, and more. It can take some time for them to get used to their new surroundings, but you can help them through it by maintaining the same routine.
- Cognitive dysfunction
Seniors dogs are prone to cognitive dysfunction, which can cause behavioral changes such as increased irritability, overdependence, or improper elimination. If your old dog starts exhibiting symptoms of cognitive dysfunction, take them to the vet to rule out other possible illnesses, as well as find a suitable coping plan.
Dogs will always be dogs. They will bark, dig, chew, and roll in questionable things because it’s in their nature. As their owner, you must accept that your pet will always have these instincts, but you can minimize their bad habits.
Disobedient dogs are not necessarily bad dogs. There are many reasons as to why they are engaging in bad behavior, and as their owner, you must find out the cause and fix it.
However, not all dog owners can pinpoint the cause of their pet’s bad behavior. If this is the case for you, contact a professional dog trainer for help.