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BEHAVIOR RESOURCES

If you're looking for help treating your dog’s behavior issue, or just curious about why your dog does what he does, you've come to the right place. Find out more here about common dog behavior issues to help you and your pup address some of our canine friends' behaviors and habits.

Aggression

Aggression is the most common and most serious behavior problem in dogs. Different forms of aggression require different treatments.

Barking

Each type of barking serves a distinct function for a dog, and if he’s repeatedly rewarded for his barking—in other words, if it gets him what he wants—he can learn to use barking to his benefit.

Destructive Chewing

It’s normal for puppies and dogs to chew on objects as they explore the world. Chewing accomplishes a number of things for a dog. For young dogs, it’s a way to relieve pain that might be caused by incoming teeth. For older dogs, it’s nature’s way of keeping jaws strong and teeth clean. Chewing also combats boredom and can relieve mild anxiety or frustration.

Food Guarding

Resource guarding can range from benign to aggressive. Learn how to prevent and treat this canine behavior.

Howling

Like barking, dogs howl for many reasons. Learn what to do if your dog howls excessively.

Mounting and Masturbation

Although mounting, humping and masturbation are normal dog behaviors, there are steps you can take to curb them.

Mouthing, Nipping and Biting in Puppies

Young dogs explore the world with their mouths, but it's important to train them away from mouthy behavior.

Mouthing, Nipping and Play Biting in Adult Dogs

Adult dogs can inadvertently cause injury with their mouths. You can teach your dog to be gentle instead.

Separation Anxiety

Many dogs become destructive or disruptive when left alone. Read tips to help manage separation anxiety.

Whining

Dogs whine for different reasons. Identify the trigger before seaking treatment.

*Thank you to ASPCA for these helpful resources on common dog behaviors.