Handling Your Dog’s Issues

corgi-pupJordan Walker is a fellow blogger who has discussed various dog topics with me. He’s an avid blogger for sites such as Coops And Cages and more. This article is all about resolving some of the biggest dog issues such as their attitude toward kids, behavioral problems, and sickness.

Handling Your Dog’s Issues

I grew up with two corgis at home, but it didn’t make me feel confident enough to have dogs of my own. When I started contemplating having my own collie, I knew I would have my hands full. But before I even started the adoption process and found Bob, I wanted to ensure that I could provide him all the dog care that he needs, something that first time pet owners should do.

From my experience, there are three important things that you need to know as a pet parent – socializing your dog with people, especially kids, addressing behavioral issues, and taking care of sick dogs. I can share with you some tips on how to handle any pet issue concerning these areas. dogs of my own. When I started contemplating having my own collie, I knew I would have my hands full. But before I even started the adoption process and found Bob, I wanted to ens

Teaching Dogs to Love Kids

Kids behave differently from adults, which is why even well-behaved dogs may exhibit strange behaviors around kids. In the worst cases, dogs might even attempt to bite.

I have three young nieces and nephew who frequently come to visit, something that motivated me to teach Bob to love kids. My research and experience have taught me the following things:

  • Don’t leave the kids and dogs alone. This is one of the common mistakes pet owners make. No matter how I love Bob, he’s still an animal who doesn’t have a moral compass and kids may become too playful and unruly with dogs. Teach kids not to touch a sick, sleeping, eating or dog as well as a new mommy dog. Train them to respect the dog and set house rules, such as petting dogs gently, not to force themselves on the dog, or not to go near the dog’s crate.
  • Give your dog space. I built a dog house for him in the yard that he can treat as his safe refuge, something he might need when the kids, family members, or friends are visiting.
  • Socialize your dog. Dogs should be properly exposed to various distractions such as small animals, noisy children, and passing vehicles. When I brought Bob home, I had to let him stay in the yard while I run around him, yelling, and shouting in a childlike voice, like a kid. I also made it our routine to go to the park or playground. He eventually came to love my neighbors’ kids when I trained them to give Bob treats, touch him, and play with him.
  • Find a breed that suits your lifestyle. There are dogs that need to release all their energy to prevent behavioral problems. Get to know the various dog breeds first to choose the right one for you. My collie is perfect for kids and he doesn’t have any doggie odor.
  • Have your dog spayed or neutered. Most of the culprits in dog attacks are unaltered male dogs. I took care of this right after I adopted Bob.
  • Use positive reinforcement. Reward your dog whenever they behave properly around kids. Praise them, give them treats, and shower them with attention.

Dogs that are familiar with kids and other distractions tend to keep their aggression on the down low. Just continue creating positive memories between your dog and the kids. However, you also need to be sensitive to possible behavioral issues in dogs, which might be the cause of their negative attitude towards kids.

Addressing Their Behavioral Problems

Another aspect that pet parents should take care would be controlling or preventing common behavioral problems among dogs. Although Bob is a relatively behaved dog, I did my research and found these tips on controlling behavioral issues:

  • Barking. Dogs bark as a warning, a sign of anxiety, boredom, or excitement, as a way of getting your attention, or as a response to other dogs. Control their barking by being patient and consistent. Learn quiet commands and reward them when they obey.
  • Chewing. Provide a lot of chew toys for your dogs. Keep your things away from them. When you leave them at home, confine them to an area where they can’t do any damage. Correct their chewing by getting their attention and replace the focus of their rage with a chew toy. Let them exercise!
  • Separation anxiety. This manifests in chewing, vocalization, house soiling, or other signs of destruction whenever you leave them. Invest in dedicated training, desensitization routines, or behavior modification.
  • Digging. Dogs dig to seek comfort, show boredom, anxiety or fear, gain access or escape, hide things, or exhibit their hunting instinct. Learn which among these causes your dogs to dig and eliminate that cause. Exercise with them and let them undergo more training. But if your dogs can’t be controlled, give them a sandbox to dig in.
  • Begging. Learn to resist your dogs’ begging look if you don’t want them to grow obese. Teach your dogs not to beg to show them that you’re the alpha. Train them to stay in an area where they can’t see you eating. Reward them with a treat only when they behave until you’re done with your meal.
  • Inappropriate defecation and urination. Consult with your veterinarian to eliminate any medical causes and to determine any other reasons behind this behavior. Serious behavior modification training is necessary to control this habit.
  • Chasing. Prevent incidents by training your dog to obey you when called, keeping them on a leash, teaching them to pay attention to you when you use a noisemaker or a whistle, and staying extra alert to potential triggers. Constant training may teach your dog to pay attention to your commands before running off.
  • Biting. Dogs usually bite as a predatory instinct, a sign of fear, pain or sickness, a show of dominance, or a way to protect your property. Proper training and socialization may reduce the dog’s tendency to bite.
  • Jumping up. Whenever your dogs start jumping, ignore them to avoid rewarding such a negative behavior. When they relax, reward them until they stop this habit.
  • Aggression. The most common signs of aggression include snarling, growling, lunging, showing of teeth, and biting. Dogs with aggressive breeds or violent histories tend to be aggressive too. Ask your vet for help, then invest in a good trainer until their aggression reduces.

It may take time, money, and effort to get your dogs to behave right, but controlling their behavioral problems is an essential part of dog care.

Taking Care of Sick Dogs

You can show your love for your dog by attending to them when they’re sick. I’ve experienced this twice with Bob.

A dog with a cold will shiver and tremble, will stop playing, and will barely eat. Their nose usually goes dry and warm.

When I see Bob feeling this way, I would prepare a comfortable bed for him made of old, warm blankets and put it in a corner. It has to be a quiet corner. Some pet owners let their dogs listen to classical music at a very low volume.

You can put his toys near the bed, as well as his water.

For his diet, prepare brown rice and cooked lean chicken, which is easy for his stomach. Put his meal near his water.

Massage your dog by pressing the sides of his spine and his shoulders.

To soothe Bob, I would talk to him, saying everything is going to be okay. It can do wonders for your pet.

Give your sick dog some space. They can rest better and feel better more quickly this way.

If your dog’s symptoms get worse, take him to the vet right away. It’s a good thing medical science for pets has improved significantly this past decade.

You can be a more responsible pet owner if you know how to train your dogs to like kids, how to control their behavioral issues, and how to take care of them when they’re sick. The last thing I’d want Bob to feel is that I don’t love him enough to do all these things for him and more.

Author: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages

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