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Some Common Dog Behavior Problems

by Molly Eovino 06/09/2019

If you’re a new dog owner, you definitely will misinterpret or misunderstand some common dog behaviors which might cause you to start worrying unnecessarily. Although some practices are supposed to give you concerns, some shouldn’t. Here are some common dog behaviors you should pay attention to:

1. Barking. A lot of dogs bark, howl, and whine for different reasons. However, an excessive exhibition of that behavior is an issue. If your dog barks a lot more than usual, then you need to try to understand the trigger of such a response. Most of the common causes include warning or alertness, playfulness, boredom, responding to other dogs or seeking attention. To control this behavior, you need to be patient and consistent with telling the dog to be quiet. 

2. Chewing. Dogs like to chew things around the house. When your dog's chewing becomes excessive and has degenerated to the point where the dog chews essential items, it then becomes a problem. The most common reasons dogs chew are anxiety, puppy chewing, boredom or curiosity.

To control your dog and stop it from chewing expensive things in the home, get him a chew toy. Whenever he chews something important, make a sharp sound and replace the item with a toy. By being patient and consistent, this behavior will die off eventually, leaving you with a well-behaved dog.

3. Digging. Dogs digging up the yard can be a most annoying behavior, but it is also considered natural due to their hunting history. Some breeds of dogs are prone to digging than others, like the terriers. What could cause this behavior? Boredom, fear, anxiety, hunting instinct, comfort-seeking or trying to hide a possession like bone or toy.

One of the ways to eliminate this behavior is to take the dog out more often for exercises. Then, build a sandbox where your dog is allowed to dig as much as it wants.

4. Separation anxiety. This kind of anxiety happens when a dog doesn’t want to be away from the owner. They want to be around the owner all the time. Whenever such a separation occurs, they might start barking or howling. When the dog becomes anxious whenever the owner leaves, that is a signal of discomfort. If the behavior happens within the first 15 to 45 minutes after the owner left, that is also another sign to bear in mind. One of the most visible signs is the dog wanting to follow the owner around regularly and touching the owner whenever possible.

This behavioral problem is an issue and might entail medication in extreme cases. Apart from that, with training, desensitization exercise and behavior modification, your dog will be fine.

Register with a dog trainer in your neighborhood to have a well-mannered dog that will be your best friend!

About the Author
Author

Molly Eovino

Except for a short time, I was a permanent resident in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The heart of the Midwest!  I visited Naples for 30 years, as my parents lived here, watching the community grow from a fishing village to a destination in SW Florida. When my last college bound child hit the University of Iowa in 2001, I hit the road!

I brought with me over a decade of experience in Real Estate, excellent education, and a broad range of interests to jump into the Naples scene with gusto! I "speak" golf and tennis, theater and location/mapping!

In Naples, you will find that nearly everyone is from somewhere else! As a result, your friendships will span the nation and globe, with immediate contacts in England, Germany, France, the East Coast, and the Midwest! Once visitors have experienced Naples, they want to call it home, and then "visit" where they originate from! I am no different, and have tried to learn as much about the town and all it´s history and activities to feel like a native!

I promise you a city tour to help you fall in love with the flavor of Southwest Florida, from the lure of the beaches, morning and sunset, to the different types of golf (equity or bundled). May I interest you in the gourmet flavors that abound, from food to entertainment?

As an active community volunteer in Iowa, I worked on Junior League fundraising events, the Cancer Crusade, March of Dimes, and Kidney foundation drives, and was extremely active in the school committees involving sports (football,basketball, track); cheerleading; and 4 years of show choir productions, Concert Choir, and Madrigal Singers!

Naples has already found a nitch for me in the Naples Players Theater, where I volunteer as a backstage dresser to advance their enthusiastic cause!  I just haven´t gotten on stage...  Growing up in a musical environment,Broadway shows in Naples keep me humming.

The Naples Children & Education Foundation draws my heartfelt attention& volunteer hours  from summer months to the annual Naples Winter Wine Festival in late January.  Their mission statement "supports effective, disciplined charitable programs that significantly improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at-riskchildren in Collier County, Florida".  As a non-profit organization,the wine festival raised nearly $12 million during the 2019 event! From helping with mailings, to what I call the "quilting table of many hands" for events, I've met many like-minded friends, who believe it's all about the kids!

My educational background spans a multitude of areas, but now they all concentrate on improving my real estate performance. It includes:
BA degrees in Psychology & Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Northern Colorado.
Mediation Seminars for the Iowa Farmer-Creditor Mediation Services.
Real Estate License in Iowa, REALTOR® 1988
Graduate of the Realtor´s Institute (GRI) 1992
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) 1994
Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) 1999-2018
Licensed Broker-Associate, Florida, 2001
Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) 2009
Certified Investor Agent Specialist (CIAS) 2012
Resort & Second Home Property Specialist (RSPS) 2016

As you can tell by my "personal resume", we will become friends as well as business associates. I enjoy teaching my customers Real Estate-ese so that you can make an educated decision regarding your first or second home, or your new rental property. The market in Naples is excellent, and truly is a beautiful Paradise! With year-round tropical temperatures and deep blue skies, I hope that you will agree that I provide

"Midwest warmth in the Naples sunshine"!