Why Do New Canine Behaviors Suddenly Appear?

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Unexpected and Suddenly Bad Behaviors

Sometimes, it may just suddenly happen, and your dog exhibits bad behavior-or is it really bad behavior? Many times your dog may have an underlying medical condition and needs to see the veterinarian.

New Behavioral Problems

  • Growling and snapping when anyone touches him. This could be due to pain in that part of his body, tooth problems, arthritis,hip dysplasia, paneosteitis, or other joint problems.
  • Aggression towards other people or pets- thyroid imbalance, or other hormonal imbalances.
  • Marking and urinating at home- urinary tract infection, bladder problems or kidney problems.
  • Destructive behavior and chewing up everything at home- teething or tooth problems ( If a puppy possibly boredom and lack of exercise and training)
  • Growling when you approach the food bowl- if this has never happened before , it could be due to being extremely hungry from a medical condition.

If your veterinarian finds your pooch healthy and free of dental problems, now will be the time to spay or neuter, if you already have not done so! Although most definitely not a substitute for positive dog training, it helps with curbing any unwanted behaviors like marking and urinating at home.


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Canine Adolescence. Navigating the Right Path For Your Puppy.

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Signs of Canine Adolescence

  • Behavior starting to change.
  • Basic manners may need reinforcing.
  • Keep up with the training and basic manners training.
  • Keep up with an interesting socialization program for your adolescent puppy where he can make new friends and interact with them frequently.
  • Behavior will be changing during this time, sometimes for the worse.Compare your pup to your teenager.
  • As your pup nears his 2nd birthday-small dogs and 3rd birthday-large dogs, both behavior and temperament will stabilize.
  • Keep working on your dog’s behavior,  socialization training during this critical period.
  • Do not stop socialization most especially after your adolescent’s first doggie squabble at the dog park. Try to intermingle small and large dogs together if you know that your dog will be safe.( this may seem controversial.)
  • If you start secluding your adolescent after their first squabble, you’ll be in for more problems. Keep on socializing your puppy, and bring him to the dog park every day if you can.
  • The secret to adolescent puppyhood success is maintaining your dog’s manners,positive training, rewards, socialization,playdates and intergrating lots of environmental stimulation and fun toys. Keep a frozen stuffed Kong with you to alleviate hyperactivity, boredom and destructive chewing in your puppy.
  • Respect and love your adolescent puppy by understanding what he needs.Revamp his socialize life and perhaps his training schedule.Update his bedding and crate, and organize dog park/dog beach playdates with other dog parents.


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What Are Play Activities For Dogs?

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All dogs thrive on play and activities related to play.It’s their way of developing friendships with other dogs.By allowing your dogs to play with other dogs, you’re allowing for your dog to discover his strengths and weaknesses.Play also teaches dogs how to manipulate and how to improve their social skills.


By allowing your dog to play off leash with other dogs, you’re allowing for him to test boundaries-how far can he actually go before aggression sets in with another dog.Play allows for your dogs to let- off steam and will help him form pack relationships through ritual play and dominance disputes. He’ll soon learn what he can and cannot do when playing with many different dogs at the park.Dogs should have access to free play throughout their lives even into their senior years.This form of activity should never be withheld from a dog as a form of punishment , since play releases anxiety ,and helps your furry best friend become more relaxed and friendly.Off leash play is very different from on leash play because this form of play provides your dog with exercise and an outlet for his energy.

Stages of Play

1.Scent- usually done at first meetings or as soon as your dog enters the dog park.

2.Tease-rolling over on their backs to deflect any possible signs of danger.Eye contact is maintained  to show friendliness.

3.Playful barking- dogs maintain eye contact and may jump up and paw each other.

4.Head to head play-Here direct eye contact is maintained, slight growling play sounds accompanies the head to head play.

5. Circle play-dogs runs around in tight circles, yet continue their play behavior.



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