Dog Behavior Issues - Michigan Humane Society

Dog Behavior Issues

If your dog is acting out of character, your first step should be to see your veterinarian , as a sudden change in behavior may be caused by medical issues.

Although not a substitute for seeing a veterinarian  or behavior specialist , the medical , behavioral , and trainer information provided here may help you decide what specialist(s) to contact and will also provide tips for handling minor behavioral issues yourself.

How to House Train Your Dog

January 1, 2016

If your dog is having potty accidents in the house it may be the dog isn’t yet housebroken - or it may not.

Topic: Pet Training, Pet Behavior, Pet Care, Pet Care: New Pet Basics, Pet Health and Safety
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: General

Crate Training Your Dog

July 13, 2015

A dog left alone will make choices. Choices like: “Where should I urinate?” and “Should I chew up the rug or play with my toys?”

Topic: Pet Training, Pet Behavior, Pet Care, Pet Care: New Pet Basics
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

How Do I Stop My Dog from Digging?

June 2, 2015

While digging is normal dog behavior, it may not be acceptable in your back yard or flower garden and can lead to danger if your pet escapes by digging under a fence.

Topic: Pet Training, Pet Behavior, Pet Care
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

Dogs and Barking

June 1, 2015

Dogs bark. Depending on the context, this may be a desirable or an undesirable behavior.

Topic: Pet Behavior, Pet Care
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

How to Walk Your Dog on a Leash without the Pulling

April 21, 2015

Enjoy your walks with your dog! Use these training exercises and equipment to teach your dog to walk by your side (heel) on a loose leash.

Topic: Pet Training, Pet Behavior, Pet Care, Pet Care: New Pet Basics
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: General

Defusing Possessive Aggression

April 1, 2015

Possessive aggression (object/food bowl guarding) can be one of the more treatable forms of aggression in dogs if it is caught early.

Topic: Pet Behavior, Pet Health and Safety
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

Puppy Mouthing or Play-Biting

April 1, 2015

Puppies have needle-sharp teeth and seem to enjoy chewing on hands, arms, toes, pant legs, shirt sleeves and anything else they can get their mouths on.

Topic: Pet Behavior, Pet Care: New Pet Basics
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

Dogs and Separation Anxiety

April 1, 2015

Separation anxiety is a condition suffered by some dogs who simply cannot be left alone without doing damage to their surroundings, to themselves, or both.

Topic: Pet Behavior, Pet Health and Safety
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

Teach Your Dog to Look at You

April 1, 2015

Getting your dog to look at you on command is an invaluable tool.

Topic: Pet Training, Pet Behavior, Pet Care
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

Recognizing Canine Aggression

March 31, 2015

Aggression in dogs is usually serious. An aggressive dog can be a danger to you, to other people, to other animals, and to himself.

Topic: Pet Behavior, Pet Health and Safety
Animal Type: Dogs and Puppies
Story Type: Pet Parenting

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