The Reasons Behind Bad Behavior in Dogs

Bad Michigan dog tearing up pillow

Every dog has his days, right? And depending on the day that may lend itself to chewing on a sofa pillow, scratching up a door, or peeing on your new pumps. Dogs, especially puppies and adolescents, will participate in some not so welcome behaviors during training and learning the rules of the home. 

All this chaos should come to a stop after they’ve had adequate training and socializing. Unfortunately, some dogs continue to behave poorly in their adult life and it can be both unsafe for them and upsetting for the owner. 

The team at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates is here to explain the reasons behind bad behavior in dogs, and what you can do about it.

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Of All the Dangers of the Dinner Table, Pet Pancreatitis Reigns Supreme

Our family gatherings may be different this year – if they happen at all. With so many of our traditions up in the air, we may attempt to hold on to the one thing we can safely enjoy: Food. This means that turkey and all the fixings (plus dessert) loom large, whether we cook for friends and extended family or simply those we live with. 

Aside from the potential for indigestion, Thanksgiving dinner is fairly harmless for humans. Pets, on the other hand, are at risk of serious complications from ingesting fatty or greasy holiday foods. Pet pancreatitis is a significant danger that requires immediate attention and action.

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Ack! Stop! No Bark! What to Do When Your Dog Barks for Fun

Beverly Hills MI dog barking for fun

So, you thought you were going to get off easy, didn’t you? Your sweet little puppy, or even your older dog, barely made a peep. Sure maybe a grunt or little growl or an adorable “booff” every now and then, but all in all there was barely a bark to be heard, even when there was a knock at the door. 

But then, all of a sudden, that pesky squirrel started taunting them with a vengeance. Or the dog next door started up a steady regimen of recreational barking (perhaps at the pesky squirrel, even)… or leaves started falling from the sky and rustling in the breeze! And then, out of the blue, your dog found its voice and it was game on.

Now, it seems, your dog is barking at every little thing. Is the ball not throwing itself? WOOF! Has the cat (gasp!) come downstairs unexpectedly? WOOF! Is the food bowl half empty? WOOF! Are those crazy leaves still falling outside? WOOF! And heaven forbid that that squirrel is scampering along the fence still… WOOF! WOOF!

And what’s worse? They’re still not barking when you want them to. What’s an exasperated dog owner to do when it seems like your dog barks for fun?

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