Those of us who are lucky enough to have a dog in our life, understand the unique bond that exists between us and them. Nobody knows our dogs quite like we do. Some dogs are halfway out of the back door, wagging their tails and barking excitedly if we so much as pick their lead up from the table. Others know exactly what time their dinner should be ready and sit patiently by their food bowl in the kitchen, sending mournful looks your way until you get around to filling it for them. Some dogs love the postman’s daily visit, greeting him with a wagging tail; others are suspicious of him and his intentions with that big van and satchel full of letters.
Yes, we know our dogs inside out – their funny little habits, what makes them squeal with excitement, what makes them fretful, anxious or on-edge. It’s a relationship built over a lifetime of familiarity and companionship and you probably feel that no-one can read your dog’s mind better than you can – and you are most likely right!
Behaviors associated with separation anxiety in dogs can include urinating, barking, howling or trying to escape. Some of these behaviors can also be associated with other problems such as poor house training so it is important rule these out as a cause. If a dog drools or shows signs of anxiety when his guardians are about to leave the house then it's likely that he suffers from separation anxiety
The problem is triggered when the dog is separated from his human family. Often they will go to extreme lengths to try to escape even causing damage to a house particularly around the exit points. In severe cases they can cause damage to themselves.
Separation anxiety in dogs can be treated. Often the treatment involves showing the dog that being alone can be pleasurable. This can include giving the dog some slow release food device which keeps him busy for the first 30 minutes or so of his isolation. Desensitizing the dog to the cues that mean that departure is imminent is also helpful.
In the wild dogs are scavengers. Many of them are still happy to search around and eat anything they can find. To these dogs, cat litter trays are an inexhaustible supply of treats. Generally speaking eating cat droppings is not dangerous for dogs. But, let's face it, it looks totally disgusting. The problem is how to stop your dog eating cat poop.
Unfortunately, this can be quite a hard habit to break. The easiest way is to put the litter box in a place where the dog can't get it but it is still accessible to the cat. This can mean putting it in a room such as a mud room or laundry which has a cat door too small for the dog to get through. If you have a small dog this solution may not work. In which case, you may have to put the box somewhere where the cat can jump up to it but the dog can't.
In some cases, the dog is eating the cat faeces because something is lacking in it's own diet. It may be worth discussing this with your vet or you could just try changing the food for a couple of weeks to see if the dog loses interest.
Your dog is well fed and looked after but still has a tendency to dig up your precious garden beds or lawn to bury bones (or any other remotely edible item that he might find).
Numerous reasons are given to explain this behavior. These include: hiding food from other predators, using the soil covering to preserve the food or natural Instinct.
The Labrador Training HQ blog has an interesting article on the reasons for this behaviour.
About 800000 people attend hospital for treatment for dog bites each year. This is actually just a small proportion of the total number the get bitten. The surprising thing is that most bites come from dogs that the person is familiar with.
It is a good idea to learn some of the causes of dog bites how to avoid them .
Recognizing the warning signs that the dog could be about to bite will help you prevent you, your family or others getting bitten. The signs commonly include laying back of the ears or flattening the fur on the back of the neck.
As we go about our daily lives we occasionally see stray dogs wandering the streets. They may even be dodging traffic on a busy road. Often, they may simply have escaped from their yard and their owner would be distressed to find them missing.
Our first instinct is to catch the dog and take it somewhere safe. Preferably back to their owner but even to the local pound. Sometimes we may be held back by a lack of confidence. A recent article on the Good Dogs and Co blog gives us all the information we need to complete this task safely.
As the tails.com blog has pointed out is a recent article, it is perfectly natural for dogs to chew things. Of course we would prefer them not to destroy our valuable possessions. The trick is to teach them the difference between appropriate and inappropriate chewing.
Read the whole article to find out why your dog may be chewing up your stuff and some possible solutions.
Outdoor exercise provides your dog with much more than just physical activity It is an important source of mental stimulation too. A recent post on the tails.com blog gives a list of suggestions that would make outings more stimulating for your dog.
Remember two of the main causes of behavioral problems in dogs is boredom and excess energy.