11 Common Dog Behavior Problems and Solutions

February 1, 2022

Adopting a new pet is exciting, we think of numerous scenarios of playing and looking after them with love care yet there are also a few tasks that come along with a pet that needs to be addressed at the earliest. Common dog behavior problems like barking, digging, and chewing are all repetitive habits that many dogs do, which a pet parent or a new pet parent might face difficulty dealing with.

Not only is it about making your pet learn to undo these habits. But it is also very crucial as a pet parent to know how to deal with & approach your pet in the right manner regarding making your dog realize the problem. 

We’ve listed some common dog behaviors and shared a few tips and tricks to help you to deal with them.

1. Dog Urinating

It is a frustrating and bothering problem that every dog owner faces – Inappropriate elimination. It may be because of excitement, but mostly it is a behavior of submission. If your dog is pee trained and still doing it indoors, then you must visit a vet and rule out any medical conditions and check that your pet is completely healthy. 

Dog Urinating
Dog Urinating [Image Source: Canva]

Solution For Urinating Behavior:

When you leave the house, put it safely. When you return, do not rush straight to them, instead greet them as calmly as possible. Let it out quickly so it can relieve itself. The key to this issue is to go through the procedure rigorously. It may take some time but you both will get there. 

2. Dog Aggression

An aggressive dog can be terrible if not corrected. Observe the signs they show to recognize their aggressive nature. Perhaps, they growl when you tell them off. They seem to guard their food bowl and toys or bare teeth when anyone comes near. Or maybe they bark at other dogs or pull toward them in an unfriendly manner. They show aggression toward newcomers or toward your guest. If you see these tendencies, then do not ignore rather. 

Dog Show Aggression
Dog Show Aggression [Image Source: Canva]

Solution For Aggressive Behavior

Look out for what triggers your dog. Determine the cause of its aggressive behavior. It could be because of the pessimistic experience. Every time your dog behaves well, praise or give a treat to them, and develop positivity. Never limit your pet too much which may make it more aggressive. If it’s far turning major, seek help from a professional dog behavior trainer.

Note: Take immediate action as this may result in your dog causing a bite or injury one day. 

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3. Chewing Behavior in Dogs

Excessive chewing may be the cause of boredom, anxiety, and teething. The fact is that every dog needs to chew so you need to understand how to make them avoid ruining valuable things and divert their attention. 

Dog Chewing sofa
Dog Chewing sofa [Image Source: Canva]


You must provide your pet with safe chew toys. Do not leave your dog around the house unsupervised. Ensure all the relevant items are out of their reach. Give them some attractive, durable, and flavored chew toys. There is plenty of variety available to satisfy your puppy’s toothy habits. 

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Common Dog Behavior problems and solution
Common dog behavior problems

4. Dog Digging Behavior

The ultimate favorite sport for a dog who is feeling bored, angry, mischievous, and whatnot. They might not even need any reason to dig, they simply love it! But digging causes a mess for the dog owner especially if they have a beautiful garden space to maintain.  

Dog Digging Behavior
Dog Digging Plant [Image Source: Canva]


Dogs have a common tendency to dig and to deal with this, don’t shout at your dog by just saying no – it won’t help. Also, don’t chase them after they are done digging. Make sure to interrupt them while they are digging, your pet must be aware that on what you’re angry about.  

Get a sandbox for them or choose a place that would not damage much & encourage them to use this designated area. Encourage them to use this designated area, and stuff toys in the sand so they can enjoy the act.  

5. Dog’s Disobedience Behavior

Not responding when being called is disturbing, you might have a major problem dealing with your pet’s disobedience. Many guests or visitors are scared of dogs and you’re chasing your dog to get on hold of them, not following through with what you said can be an extremely difficult situation and needs to be tackled effectively.  

Dog disobey his owner
Dog Disobey His Owner [Image Source: Canva]


Always praise your dog when they come to you, whether you called or not. That will build a good habit in it. Call it using words like “come” or “here.” It may not understand your expectation if you call their name only. If they do not listen to you, never chase them. Call them again whilst you move, then it might follow you. If they still do not show up, tell them to sit. 

6. Dog’s Chasing Behavior 

Chasing goes way long back to a predatory instinct. Dogs run at other animals, vehicles, and even people they find suspicious. This is a matter of concern for a pet owners as chasing might to accidents and injuries. You cannot be attentive at all times to your pet. So, how to prevent dogs from chasing unnecessarily? 

Dog Chasing People
Dog Chasing Man [Image Source: Canva]


Train your dog to obey when being called. If you find it difficult then get a trainer for your dog. You can also use a leash while taking your dog out for a walk. It allows better control. Also, try to observe your pet’s behavior on why exactly they are chasing or what triggers them, this will help you to understand and look out for better ways to control.  

Your best chance at success is to keep the chase from getting out of control. Dedicated training over the course of your dog’s life will teach him to focus his attention on you first, before running off. 

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7. Begging for Food

A dog begging you for food is a common dog behavior problem that many pet owners face regularly. It is an unfortunate side effect of love and pampering your dogs to an unlimited extent that you would like to give them everything that they ask for, and the more you do it, the worse this behavior will become. Dogs know how to manipulate us. 

Dog Bagging For Food
Dog Bagging For Food [Image Source: Canva]


Teach your pets that begging for food will not result in food. Never give them any food when eating at the table. Be patient and consistent. Do not reprimand your dog for begging. The attention received by you may reinforce this behavior. It is an ongoing process. If you fail to continue the procedure, you have to start it from the beginning. 

Read Also: How To Start Dog Training As A First-Time Owner

8. Stealing Behavior

Are the pair of socks missing from the drawer, the newspaper not in place, or your dog taking food off your plate? To deal with this naughty behavior is simple. Do not leave things alluring out where your dog can reach them. So, they do not seek out anything else. 

Dog Stealing Slipper of Neighbor
Dog Stealing Things [Image Source: Canva]


Ask your pet to firmly leave it (if you’ve caught them). Suppose you feel that its aggression is rising; back away and go it as it is. Consider consulting a dog behavior specialist and approach in the right manner.  

Note: Give them as many exciting toys as possible to keep them busy. This makes certain that they are occupied and won’t look for things to damage. When your dog robs, never chase them because they may take it as a game.  

9. Jumping Behavior

It is natural for canines to greet by leaping up. But that can be scary for guests. Turn away in case your dog jumps on you. Jumping can be dangerous and shouldn’t be neglected by assuming a common tendency of dogs. Instead, make sure to train your dog & never use objects such as sticks, knives, or anything to be aggressive for making your pet understand.  

Dog Jumping on Guest [Image Source: CountryLiving]


Pay no attention until they put their paws on the ground. Tell them to sit and wait until they behave, then only you should greet and pat them. Help your dog learn to control their excitement by keeping your appreciation as low as possible. Teach them not to bother or scare unfamiliar people.

Tip: Obedience training should be incorporated as soon as you bring your beloved pet home.  

10. Whining and Excessive Barking

A highly annoying problem. Many reasons can make your dog bark all through the day and night. No matter what you do to make it calm, it will not stop. Sometimes telling your dog off may even exacerbate the situation. You may lose your temper but yelling at it will certainly not help. That is because when you raise your voice, the dogs perceive it as a message and bark even louder in response. 

Barking too Much
Dog Barking Excessive [Image Source: Canva]


Barking is a natural way of communication for dogs but it is crucial to determine the exact reason. Please give them a comfortable, safe, and secure atmosphere. Be sure it is cozy, so you can add an article of old clothing with your fragrance for extra security. Instead of getting irritated, give proper training. It is a way of controlling for this you can seek professional advice too. Another way could be considering a bark collar. Plenty of safe collars are available in the market that uses non-static stimulation. 

11. Dog Biting

While dogs are teething is common for them to bite and chew things but if this habit continues and turns into an aggressive manner it can be scary. Some owners also play and tease their pets which develop a habit of biting while interacting. Dogs do not understand clear differentiation among guests, kids, and pet parents. So, it’s important to make sure they don’t become habitual of biting while playing.  

Dog Biting People
Dog Biting People [Image Source: Canva]


Any dog that feels threatened or nervous can bite. To make pets feel relaxed around everyone, you must teach them to socialize at an early stage. Make them feel safe and secure by exposing them to different scenarios. Guide them to trust people and spend lots of time with them. Always look ahead for symptoms of uncomfortableness and then put your best efforts to make it feel better. Be specifically cautious around young children. If there is no improvement, you should see your vet or a trainer for help. 


Dealing with dog behavioral problems is indeed a challenging task. Therefore, first understanding common dog behavior problems are the elementary step. Solve and prevent them from experiencing such issues.  

Do not scare your pet or be aggressive, the right way is not by being harsh with them. They are companions requiring love and care. Handling difficult situation is important, it doesn’t mean making your pet’s life hard by being rude.  

A solid foundation of obedience training will help in controlling bad habits and will promote good and positive behavior in pets. Following these tips will surely help you bond more strongly with your pet. 

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