5 Reasons Why Dog Behavior Problems Develop

by Monday, October 10, 2016

Dog behavior problems are probably why some dogs end up in the shelter. As a pet parent, these behavior problems are one of the things to be dealt with every day. But, what causes dogs to develop such behavior problems?

There are a lot of factors contributing to how your dog behaves. Most often than not, dog behavior problems are developed due to the pet parents’ lack of knowledge and understanding about responsible dog ownership. It is a must to educate yourself about all the responsibilities you need to face before bringing a dog to your home. Not only to spare yourself from headaches but also to ensure your pet lives a happy life.

So read on to find out the 5 most common causes of dog behavior problems.

Dog Behavior Problems | 5 Reasons Why They Develop

Your dog can exhibit various dog behavior problems at some point, but with proper training, these problems can be eliminated. Also, if you know the reasons why your four-legged friend develops such behavior problems, you’ll be able to avoid doing them, and will know how to address the issues at hand.

Keep reading to learn why your dogs develop behavior problems.

 

1. Lack of Exercise

Lack of Exercise | Dog Behavior Problems | 5 Reasons Why They Develop

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In order to be fit and prevent boredom, dogs need to exercise. Some breeds are more active than others, and need more than just walking. Lack of exercise can also lead to certain health problems such as obesity, especially for some breeds prone to this condition.

To avoid this, you may engage in activities such as fetch games or off-leash runs.

 

2. Lack of Mental Stimulation

Lack of Mental Stimulation | Dog Behavior Problems | 5 Reasons Why They Develop

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When your dogs are stimulated mentally, boredom (which often leads to various dog behavior problems) will not be an issue. You can teach your furry friend some dog tricks to exercise their brains.

 

3. Health Issues

Health Issues | Dog Behavior Problems | 5 Reasons Why They Develop

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When your dog has health problems, he’ll most likely pose behavior problems. Just like us humans, our dogs can get cranky when he doesn’t feel well. If your dog suddenly acts up, it’s recommended to visit your vet to make sure there are no health issues involved in the change of your dog’s behavior.

 

4. Changes in Diet

Changes in Diet | Dog Behavior Problems | 5 Reasons Why They Develop

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One of the possible reasons why dog behavior problems are developed is the change in diet. You might be thinking of cutting costs by switching to a low-quality food — this isn’t a good idea. It’s advisable to feed your dog with high-quality food. And if there’s a need to change his diet, do it gradually.

 

5. Lack of Socialization

Lack of Socialization | Dog Behavior Problems | 5 Reasons Why They Develop

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If you want a well-balanced dog, it’s vital to expose him to different people, other dogs, sounds, and new experiences. You can enroll your dog in a class where he can interact with other dogs and dog owners. This can help your dog avoid being shy, fearful, or aggressive.

 

Learn how to correct dog behavior problems by watching this video by Central Texas Balanced Dogs:

 

There are a lot of factors resulting in dog behavior problems you should be aware of. It’s essential to know these to avoid doing them in the first place. Also, these reasons can give you an idea on what could possibly cause your dog to act up.

 

What other reasons resulting in dog behavior problems do you know? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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