Common Dog Behaviors and Solutions

On normal days, dogs are adorable, friendly, loving, and sweet. But despite their extreme fluffiness, they can exhibit unpleasant behaviors—even the cutest dog you know.

However, we cannot entirely blame them since dogs do not possess a sense of morality as humans do. But the good news is we can do something about it to minimize damages.

Here are three common dog behaviors and their corresponding solutions:


Aggression is probably one of the most common and severe behavior problems. It is also the number one reason why dog parents seek professional advice to help dogs manage their behavior.

An “aggressive” dog can mean several things. Your pooch can show aggressiveness by exhibiting any of the following behaviors:

  • Growling
  • Showing teeth
  • Snarling
  • Muzzle punch (when a dog punches a person using his nose)

Solution: Set limits and only reward positive behavior. It would help if you also manage your emotional reactions. However, if you see the potential for serious harm, escalate your concern to a professional pet trainer.

Playing too violently

Rough play can happen from time to time, but when it gets too frequent, then it may potentially cause damage.

Solution: When playing with your dog, do not move and make a sound. Stand up on the ground, show a good standing posture, and remain still as possible even if your dog continuously shows playful behavior. However, if your dog is playing on the other side of the room, pay him no attention. Once your dog has settled down, pick him up and put him inside his crate or room. And when he’s calmed down, train him to help him remind who’s the leader.

Excessive whining

Your four-legged friend may constantly whine when they are excited, anxious, or trying to get your attention. In some instances, your pooch may whine when interacting with other dogs, generally with his tail tucked and head down.

Solution: Help your dog build confidence by taking him to a professional that can teach reward-based training techniques. You can also play dog sports such as musical freestyle, flyball, or agility to build your dog’s confidence. 

Author bio

I am Mike, a dog fanatic and writer from the beautiful city of Los Angeles, California. I’ve done my best to mix those two passions into something interesting and helpful on my website, Dog Embassy.


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