15 March 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Curb Your Small Dog’s Bad Behavior

When our dog(s) is destructive it could be a cry for attention. Photo courtesy defekto, Flickr Follow Me on Pinterest

When our dog(s) is destructive it could be a cry for attention. Photo courtesy defekto, Flickr

“I want attention! Woof!”

You may have found yourself coming home after a hard day at work only to find that your sofa has been shredded or there is toilet paper strewn all over your bathroom. This may be a sign that your fur baby(s) is trying to tell you something. Here is how to curb your small dog’s bad behavior, and find out what is causing them to act out.

Curb Your Small Dog’s Bad Behavior

Let’s assess this situation. You recently rescued an adorable Lab mix from your local shelter. You decide to call him Spud. Spud is goofy, energetic, and lovable. People stop you on the street to comment on how ruggedly handsome he is. You soak it all in, feeling fabulous when you tell them Spud is a rescue dog.

 

The first few days pass in a blur of “getting to know Spud,” and then reality sets in. As much as you’d like to spend every waking minute with him, there are errands to run, a social life to attend to, and a career to get back to.

 

Spud goes from seeing you every minute of every day to catching sporadic glimpses of you throughout the day. He begins to bark incessantly, jumps on you for attention, and chews on expensive, sometimes irreplaceable, things. Your frustration mounts, and where at first spending time with Spud was a joy, it now makes your stomach twist in knots. You begin to wonder what you’ve gotten yourself into and, chances are, you’re even contemplating finding Spud a new home. Read more about Dog Training in How to Stop your Dog’s Attention-seeking Behaviours here.

When learning how to curb your small dog’s bad behavior it’s important to know that they are not acting out against you, but that this is the only way they can communicate their needs. With proper training and verbal cues you can help steer them in the right direction such as knowing the different types of barking, and providing adequate exercise.

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