Shoes, cables, phones, felt-tip pens, sofas, carpets or waste bins – nothing seems to be safe from the destructiveness of some dogs. Within a very short space of time, wild dogs can turn a home and all its furnishings upside down. But why do some dogs have destructive tendencies and how can they move away from this behaviour?
Being particularly social animals, dogs love the company of their pack. Nevertheless, every adult dog should be capable of staying on its own for short periods of time. This will need to be trained early on in life, as a fully-grown dog that has never been left alone will struggle to adapt.
“Their bark is worse than their bite.” This proverb may sound comforting, but dogs that bark constantly don't just take their toll on your nerves, but on your neighbours' too. But why do dogs actually bark? And can this annoying yapping be stopped?
Regardless of whether the doorbell rings, someone comes to the fence or uses the stairs, other dogs or strangers get too close during walks or their caregiver comes home after going to the shops, some dogs seem to comment on every occurrence by barking loudly. Of course, barking is part of a dog's identity and is its way of expressing itself. But when dogs don't stop barking and yapping over a long period of time, you should sit up and take notice: if your dog barks excessively, a serious behavioural disorder could be behind it.
Your dog pulling on its lead turns every pleasant walk into a test of patience. This pulling can be a particularly serious problem if your dog is a large, heavy breed and difficult to control, especially when your dog decides it wants to dart off in a different direction. Problems with walking your dog on a lead start from puppyhood, but with a bit of know-how and a little patience, you can lay the best foundation for happy on-lead walking in future.
The earlier the better? This is absolutely true for dog training. Young dogs are extremely curious and still view the world objectively. It's possible to take advantage of this in order to show dogs playfully – but consistently too – what is expected of them and what types of behaviour are undesirable.