The Reasons Behind Bad Behavior in Dogs

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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.


Understanding and Treating Canine Aggression

Grumpy little dog in a colorful backgroundOne of the worst scenarios for dog owners is knowing their cherished pet is prone to biting or other forms of aggression. Canine aggression is cause for concern and can result in one of the thousands of dog bite incidents that occur each year. Untreated, canine aggression can pose serious risks to the dogs themselves and other animals and people.

Pets living with behavioral problems typically suffer from fear, anxiety, and issues stemming from early development (e.g., lack of training and socialization). To effectively treat canine aggression, it’s imperative to understand the root causes.

Triggers and Underlying Problems

Aggression comes in many forms, including snapping, biting, chronic barking, resource guarding, and physical attacks. Some dogs target only other dogs or animals, while others may fear children or strangers. Continue…