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   Begging
   Bolting
   Chasing
   Chewing
   Counter Surfing
   Digging
   Eating Poop
   Fence Fighting
   Gets on Furniture
   Humping
   Jumping
   Killing Toys
   Leash Aggression
   Licking
   Nipping
   Potty Training
   Pulling on Leash
   Resource Guarding
   Rolling in Smells
   Runs Away
   Scared of Animals
   Scared of Objects
   Scared of People
   Scratching
   Sniffing Crotches
   Stealing Things
   Tail Chasing
   Trash Stealing
   Whining
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Common Behavior Problems and FREE Training Tips

Separation Anxiety
Is your dog a nervous wreck when you head out the door? Does he chew, scratch, and bark at the door? Dogs living with humans often develop behavior issues as a result of too much affection and not enough discipline. This creates a confusing life for the dog that is, after all, still a dog.

Barking
So your dog has a lot to say? Problem barking is generally defined as barking constantly for a period of half an hour or more, or more specifically, any prolonged period of barking that irritates your neighbors.

Crazy
Got a dog that eats the walls? Climbs on the roof? Many people have dogs that are just plain crazy. Whether your dog acts nutty on a walk, in the house, or when the moon is full, the behavior is fascinating, funny, but a little unsettling.

Begging
Sound familiar? Most dogs love food and people food is the best. Warm and flavorful, it beats the dry kibble. For many of us we like having our dogs around on social occassions, but get irritated when they beg at the wrong time.

Bolting
Dogs bolt when they see something enticing. It might be freedom to roam about the neighborhood or a running rabbit that catches their eye.

Chasing
When a dog enters this state of mind he is focused on his activity alone, often tuning out everything else. This is a dangerous scenario and one that needs to be prevented.

Chewing
Got a destructive little monster wondering around your house? Chewing is a natural activity for puppies and young dogs.

Counter Surfing
The crime scene is full of evidence. Packaging in tatters on the floor, paw prints on the counter, dinner missing. Sure your dog denies it - says he does not remember doing anything wrong. But he is guilty. He is the thief.

Digging
While it's fun for your dog, it is frustrating for you, seeing your yard turned into a muddy mess and your landscaping work ruined. It can make you feel hopeless when you look out the window and see him burrowing again, dirt flying in all directions.

Eating Poop
Poop eating is an embarrassing and potentially unhealthy behavior that many dogs engage in. In addition to being gross, there are health concerns, including the possibility of picking up disease and ingesting remnants of another dog's medication.

Fence Fighting
Does your dog snarl and growl at dogs and people as they walk by your yard? Many confined dogs display rude and obnoxious behaviors toward neighbors and their pets as they near your property line.

Gets on Furniture
Most dogs will try their luck at resting on the furniture. Sleeping everyday on the floor is unappealing. The sofa is warm and soft, a great place to cuddle up while Mom is off at work.

Humping
Humping, while embarrassing, is a natural action for dogs. If your dog is not neutered or spayed, it's very difficult to control. If they are then it generally exhibits as either a form of play or a sign of dominance.

Jumping
With high energy and forepaws fluttering in the air, your dog is there to tell you how very, very excited he is that you are home. Rain or shine, he is delighted to see you, to greet you. But not everybody wants to be greeted so enthusiastically by the doggie doorman.

Killing Toys
For dogs, who are natural hunters, their toys can be seen as prey. They may want to hunt, catch and kill the toy, especially if it is equipped with a squeaker and shaped like an animal.

Leash Aggression
In dealing with dog aggression, it is important to bear in mind that the domesticated dog is not a domesticated dog until he is properly socialized.

Licking
Are his affectionate greetings too affectionate? Is he wearing away at his own skin, creating hot spots? Licking is used to express affection and subservience toward the leader. And it is used to soothe an itchy or painful spot on the skin. Both types of excessive licking can be a problem.

Nipping
What begins as playful behavior can end up being rather painful for the human on the receiving end. Puppies go through a teething process and a growing up period that involves mouthing activities.

Potty Training
Housetraining is a behavior modification necessity for every dog that lives indoors. Some puppies come "pre-trained" and others do not. Older dogs that have been through training can also relapse to peeing inside.

Pulling on Leash
In theory, the walk is a time for exercise, bonding, and fun. In reality the walk often is a battle and both parties return home frustrated and angry. Or at least one does. Because your dog is difficult to walk, you do not take him often. So the problems that were encountered before are even worse the next time he pulls you through the front door.

Resource Guarding
Does your dog growl or snarl when someone comes too close to his toys or food? It is common for dogs to claim territory, food, toys, other dogs, and even people. This behavior can be generalized further, with dogs guarding anything. Resource guarding can be a dangerous behavior. While unsettling on its own, it is easy to envision a perfect storm that turns protection or guarding into full-blown aggression.

Rolling in Smells
Does your dog like to pick out his own perfume? When your dog smells eau d'dead fish-skunk-unidentifiable object, there is a chance he's going for it.

Runs Away
There are few events more frightening than a dog that runs away. From getting lost to getting run over, every time your dog runs away there is fear that disaster will strike. From the dog's point of view, escape leads to adventure. When Fido finagles a way out of the backyard, he finds himself in a position to explore the world.

Scared of Animals
Does your dog get edgy and nervous around other dogs? Is there always a problem with growling or hiding? While dogs will always occasionally have problems with some other dogs, a day to day inability to interact well is a sign of trouble.

Scared of Objects
Is your dog frightened by the vacuum cleaner, the hair dryer, other household items? To overcome the fear of objects, your dog needs help in learning to view the object differently. Currently when he sees the object it is associated in his mind with bad things - scary or hurtful. For some objects that's okay, but he shouldn't live in fear of neutral or positive objects.

Scared of People
A fearful dog that sees a new person feels unsure whether this person is safe or dangerous and so he reacts to make this person go away. Barking, growling, and hiding are good ways to escape or chase the person away.

Scratching
Scratching behaviors are caused in part by the person he is interacting with. Scratching at the door or at you is rewarded with attention or an action and thereby reinforced. When he scratches at the door and you open it, he learns that scratching the door is a good idea. When he scratches you and gets a response, he figures that he is on to something and should continue, perhaps with more intensity.

Sniffing Crotches
In the dog world, greeting by sniffing at the other's rear is a polite greeting. Face to face greetings are considered improper the first time around and can cause trouble. Of course, humans have an entirely different idea of what constitutes social grace.

Stealing Things
A dog is inclined to steal because it makes things interesting. While some items are drab and provoke no response from the people, others get them up and yelling and running around. It's a great game, really, unpredictable, rewarding and exciting.

Tail Chasing
Does your dog obsessively chase his tail? Have you tried to distract him to no avail? Tail chasing is a common issue and generally simple to resolve.

Trash Stealing
Stealing food and other items from the garbage is not only a messy problem, but also a dangerous one. The food that we don't - or won't - eat becomes the food our dog is eating. Not the best case scenario.

Whining
The problem typically begins when the dog is a puppy. He makes cute sounds that are enjoyable to the humans around him. They give him attention and he learns that whining is a good way to get attention.

 
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