How To Fix Annoying Canine Behaviors (Barking, Chewing, Escaping)
Barking — Dogs bark for various reasons. Many dogs derive satisfaction when barking drives away the mail carrier or other intruders. Sound sensitive dogs commonly bark an alarm to every little noise. Other dogs lack stimulus from play or training (life is boring, boring) so barking becomes a fun pastime.You must figure out the trigger for barking because not all barking issues are treated the same. For example, if your dog is "demand" barking or pushing for attention, ignore her or she'll learn that barking works. Use the "Hush" command, using treats to distract the dog into being quiet and then reward her for that behavior. Wean her off treats as the Hush becomes reliable. Significant interactions through walks, games or toys can ward off boredom barking.
Chewing — Initially, dogs chew because they're teething and chewing feels good to sore gums. It becomes a problem when not directed into appropriate outlets, such as bones or safe chew toys. You MUST find suitable toys (hollow toys so you can place food inside are terrific) or your dog will work out on your shoes, carpet and furniture. Stress and boredom also cause inappropriate chewing. A tired dog is a good dog. Still, nothing is foolproof — "puppy proof" your home and close supervision remain ever important.
Escaping — Persistent escaping not only places your dog in danger, but it also points to a major relationship problem. Dogs retain a pack instinct — they like to live together in well-ordered groups. When left alone for long periods, a bored, lonely dog tries escaping to find a little excitement.
Once again, interaction greatly helps in preventing this risk-filled behavior. Play, train and relax with your dog in the yard as well as in the house. Arrange for visits with a neighbor's dog who enjoys her company. Ensuring a happy home life, combined with adequate fencing, keeps most dogs from ever attempting an escape.