DIY Solutions For Common Dog Behavior Problems

When you love your pet, it can be hard to be the disciplinarian, especially when you don’t know what is causing his behavioral issues. A dog can be man’s best friend, as long as man reminds the dog who’s boss. It’s easier than you think, all you need are the insights and a few simple techniques to change your dog’s behavior.

Barking & Separation Anxiety

Did you know that barking can be an indication of separation anxiety? Before you quit your job to stay home with pooch all day, rest assured there are solutions to this most wearing of habits which may benefit the owner’s health too! An increase in exercise and the right approach can make you an expert at dealing with barking, separation anxiety and other irritating behaviors.

Jumping Up!

People may find jumping up behaviors to be alarming and uncomfortable forms of canine greeting. Jumping can be very dangerous, especially in the case of larger breeds such as Rottweilers. But this is exactly what it jumping up is to a dog. A greeting. Think of another way dogs greet humans – crotch sniffing. Obedience training teaches dogs to curb their enthusiasm and give a more appropriate welcome to our family and friends.

Puppies Love To Chew!

One of the first natural instincts a puppy experiences is to chew – ANYTHING. Chewing puppies can do a lot of damage, and its up to you as the owner to explain to the pup what is appropriate chewing material and what is not. Having chew toys can help the situation immeasurably, but keep an eye on whether the playful puppy-hood biting continues as he gets older. If it does, it will have to be nipped in the bud.

Nipping & Biting

A little patience and a few simple rules can be all it takes to guide your puppy through this stage without breeding an adult biter. Nipping and biting behavior problems can start of in puppyhood as a natural teething instinct.

Adult Biters

If your adult dog does bite, it’s not automatically a sign of aggression. A professional trainer can identifies the signs of true aggression and provide advice on what to do, if you are the owner of an aggressive dog. Disruptive, seemingly aggressive behavior from dogs can be an indication of unease or distress, often to do with issues of dominance or lack of assertiveness in the owner. In many cases this troubling aspect can be cured, another reason to seek help from a pro.


This can be socially embarrassing, especially if you have guests over. Mounting behavior problems start from natural behavior between dogs to assert dominance. Both genders will attempt to mount each other, and can decide to include humans to this establishment of the pecking order. This article gives you some suggestions on how to tackle the mounting issue quickly, calmly and effectively.


Some dogs just can’t resist tearing after a moving object – whether it’s a bike, car, ball or the neighbor’s unfortunate cat. Chasing behavior is a innate instinct for all dogs. Certain types of dogs are specifically bred to chase, but all dogs can be trained not to do so. We look at the reasons why dogs chase, and provide helpful tips to overcome this tearaway behavior.


It is really possible to show your dog that there are appropriate places to dig. Digging behavior problems can be really annoying habits, especially when your dog thinks your lawn or garden (or your neighbor’s) is the ideal location to dig another hole. However, do not fear. With some simple, easy tips your dog will soon learn where he can let out his digging urges.

We invite you to read on with us as we discuss ways to stop disruptive behavior in your animal, and feel the awesome satisfaction with new found skills in obedience training. Have a troublesome animal? Join us and discover new ways to nurture a happier, better behaved pet.

Read on for:

Barking and Separation Anxiety
Jumping Up Behaviors
Chewing Puppies
Nipping and Biting
Mounting Problems
Chasing Problems
Digging Problems

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  1. Bill Tessore wrote on 14 Apr 2009

    Between both of my dogs I can count at least 3 behaviors you’ve covered here that I need to work on. I’ll re-visit this site to see what can be done about all of these behavioral issues. Thanks for putting this out there. I appreciate you,


  2. Sandi wrote on 13 Nov 2010

    Your info is great, thank you for everything. I used a couple of them and as stated need to do it every day to work. Well it works I can see the effect.

  3. MomentisMarketing wrote on 15 Aug 2012

    It’s hard to find well-informed people on this subject, however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks