Dog behavioral problems - How to understand and solve them
A new puppy may suffer from loneliness now that he is away from the familiar companionship of other animals and exhibit signs of nervousness in his new surroundings. Perhaps you adopted your dog at a shelter and he has a background resulting in a mistrust of humans. In such cases, something as trivial as a person’s ordinary speaking voice could trigger a memory that makes your dog nervous and possibly defensive. He may urinate in odd places or exhibit signs of irrational behavior, and behave in a manner that is either overly submissive or over-boisterous.
You need to have patience with your dog and understand that he can't rationalize the way humans can. Your dog will need to overcome such behavioral issues and learn new routines without fear of you or overbearing dominance on your part. Understanding is key, as is love and care. Having these as the cornerstones of your approach to training will win you trust and devotion from your dog.
Do take the time to consult with your vet so that you can check your dog for any underlying illness. However, if your dog exhibits aggressive behavior, he should be brought to the vet as soon as possible, not only for his sake but for people and other animals he may come in contact with. The vet will be able to check him over, and if your dog has a clean bill of health, it would rule out ailments as the root cause for behavioral problems.
Should you need help in retraining him, the surgery may be able to point you in the right direction by suggesting an animal behaviorist that could solve your problem. Aggressive behavior in dogs needs to be checked and controlled. You will also need to learn how to handle him. There are several reasons for aggressive behavior in a dog, and he needs to regain his respect for your position in the family hierarchy.
It's simply a matter of figuring out the reasons for a dog’s behavior and to find solutions that will lead to more trust on his part. He will need to see you as the pack leader so that his behavior does not run the household, but you need to do this without frightening him or making him cringe with submissiveness. Fear isn't love or devotion. Using fear and abuse to control your dog is a form of cruelty.
Always remember that your dog should be able to trust you to treat him well and not to hurt him - and that it is a true privilege to win an animal's lifelong devotion.