Boredom is a primary cause of chewing in most dogs. Is your dog left home alone all day when you are at work? Is he left alone for more than two hours at a time? It is really hard for your dog to have nothing to do all day, day after day. Chewing is a welcome diversion for your dog. It gives him something to do and makes him feel like he has a task to complete. This is pretty sad when you think about it. Your dog relies on you for companionship and mental and physical stimulation. If he's chewing destructively on a regular basis, this is a pretty reliable sign that you're not doing enough to keep him happy and content. Here are some deterrents you can try:
1.Tabasco sauce mixed in a spray bottle with water. Let dog taste it off your finger first.
Remember; use these deterrents along with mental stimulation and sufficient exercise.
Make his toys more inviting. Dogs seem to like the smell of vegetable oil and garlic. Try spraying a small amt. of vegetable oil on dogs chew toys then rub them with garlic salt.
Consider doggie day care. Here, he can play and interact with other dogs while being supervised by trained professionals.
Buy a baby gate to keep your dog in a specific area when you are unable to watch him.
REMEMBER: A GOOD DOG IS A TIRED DOG
Dogs are pack animals and crave interaction with their pack.
They will do almost anything to get the pack leaders attention. They are not choosy.
They will take any attention they can get whether negative or positive. If you only give them attention when they are doing something good, they will learn very quickly that doing the right thing gets them reward.
How to teach your dog to stop jumping on you: 1.You have to ignore them when you come in the door. This will be hard at first because you have to outlast them. If the jumping is too much, put a door between you and the dog. Wait about 30 seconds and enter the room again. Repeat if necessary. 2. When you come in do not say hello, look at them or even tell them to knock it off, ignore them. If you give them any attention, you are rewarding the bad behavior and giving them what they want, YOU’RE ATTENTION!
3. Once they stop jumping say “good” or “yes”, gently pat them or give a treat if available, say a short hello and go about your business.
Each time your dog has jumped on you, he has reinforced himself that he can. The longer he has been jumping, the longer it may take to get him to stop. The jumping could get worse before it gets better because it got your attention before so your dog may try harder for it. If your dog is not getting any attention for jumping, he WILL stop eventually. Be patient and consistent. It WILL work.
Stop jumping on others. 1. Put a leash and collar on before you open the door. 2. Place your foot on the leash so the dog can go up but not make contact. This way, your dog is correcting himself. Only allow company to say hi to your dog and touch him when all four paws are on the floor. You can put a note on your door that says “Dog in training. Please do not pay any attention to him till he is calm”. Like above, you and your company cannot give your dog any attention to reinforce the bad behavior. Most important be consistent and be calm. Do not knee them in the chest as this can hurt your dog and give negative attention. Dogs want any attention they can get.
Dogs beg at the table because we let them. It only takes one time for the habit to begin. The most effective way to get a dog to stop begging at the table is to completely ignore him. This can be difficult at times. This means not talking to him or even making eye contact. Completely ignore him. When you scold a dog in an effort to get him to stop begging, you’re giving him attention and a form of reinforcement. You can’t acknowledge the animal in any way.
Stand Firm Expect your dog’s begging to get worse before it gets better. If soft whining doesn’t result in food, he’ll think he isn’t trying hard enough and turn up the volume. As unpleasant as this may be for a few days, stand firm. Eventually, your dog will realize that his efforts no longer work.
Be Consistent If you train consistently, you should see positive results within several weeks. Consistency is the key. Even one tiny snack from the table here and there can erase everything you’ve worked so hard to achieve. Make sure all family members and dinner guests understand what you’re doing and why you’re doing it, so no one sneaks your dog a treat when they think you’re not looking.
Try These Tips
Feed him at the same time you eat. If your dog is enjoying his own food, he can’t beg for yours.
Give him something else to do. Try sticking some small treats in a few Kong® toys so he’ll have something to play with while you eat. See the “How to stuff a Kong handout”.
Put him in another room, or if your dog has been crate-trained, place him in his crate to prevent him from scratching at the door.
Take your dog for a long walk just before dinnertime. "If the dog is worn out, the intensity of the begging behavior will decrease. Tired dogs are good dogs.
Sometimes you can interrupt annoying tableside behaviors by stomping your foot or striking the table. But remember, your goal is to startle your dog, not to frighten him. Never strike your dog for begging, as this will not correct the unwanted behavior. Instead, it can result in fear and avoidance, behavioral problems or even aggression.
WHY DO DOGS DIG?
· To cool off
· To mold the ground to fit his body if he doesn’t have a comfortable resting spot
SOLUTION: Provide your dog with soft, cool bedding in a spot that’s always shady. Or try making him a digging pit. It’s much easier to teach a dog to dig in a certain spot than it is to teach him to stop digging all together.
· If he smells or hears something underground (curious digging)
Breeds such as terriers and hounds that have been bred to hunt, track, and burrow after their prey are especially prone to this type of digging. It’s not your dog’s fault! They were designed to do this.
SOLUTION: Watch your dog when he’s out in the yard. If you catch him digging a tunnel to the center of the earth, say “NO” and then give him something else to do. (play fetch, give him a toy to chew on, entering tracking competitions, obedience exercises etc.) Occupying his mind and keeping him busy are the best solutions
· Boredom and loneliness
SOLUTION: Spend more time with your dog, and give him plenty of things to do while you’re away. Giving him a different toy or bone each day when you leave may help. Exercising him regularly may help tire him out and will allow him to get rid of all that excess energy in an acceptable way.
· To trim their nails
Make sure you trim your dog's nails weekly. If they start to get too long, he may just take matters into his own paws and file them down with your lawn.
In conclusion, dogs are going to dig. If you know why they are digging, you have a better chance of solving the problem.