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Newport News, VA 23601

Dog Behavior

Dogs typically enjoy being around humans and want to please us. However, we still need to train them to avoid some of their harmful and destructive behaviors.

Dog Behavior Problems

The two most common behavioral problems we see in dogs are aggression and scavenging. At the same time, there are many other behaviors your dog might exhibit that you should consider harmful. Of all the behavioral challenges you might face, aggression and scavenging are the most dangerous for the people and other animals your dog might meet.

One item to note is that some behaviors might be considered a problem for one owner and acceptable to another. An example of this might be barking. While some owners might not desire for their dog to bark, other owners might want their dog to bark as a notification of someone approaching their home.

If you notice a new and unusual behavior in your dog's routine, schedule an appointment with us (757-595-3337) so that we can rule out any health problems as the cause.

Bad Habits

Bad habits such as the guarding of resources or toys, jumping on people, sitting or lying on furniture, begging, clinging, and taking over beds in the home are often unknowingly encouraged by an owner's behavior towards his or her dog. If you don't want your dog on the furniture, you must set well-defined boundaries and be consistent. It's also essential that you provide your dog with safety, comfort, and enough food so they won't have to claim it for themselves.

Instinctive Behavior

Behaviors that are instinctive include:

  • Digging
  • Chewing
  • Chasing
  • Rolling in dirt

If you observe any of these behaviors from your dog, it is perfectly normal. If needed, you can train your dog to minimize or stop these behaviors.

Health Issues

If your dog has any health issues, it can also cause your dog to act out, become aggressive, or growl and bite. Many dogs also struggle with separation anxiety. Your dog might make a mess in your home and might even destroy things while alone at home. Excessive licking, defecating and urinating indoors, and eating poop can also be signs of illness or injury.

If you notice any negative behaviors with your dog, call Warwick Animal Hospital in Newport News, VA, (757-595-3337) to schedule an appointment. Our caring veterinarian and staff will help you discover the root of the problem and guide your dog toward better behavior.

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