Labradors are one of the most popular breeds in the world. They have been bred to do many things including guard livestock, work with children, hunt game animals and perform other tasks required for hunting or working purposes. Labradors are also known to be loyal companions and they love their owners very much. However, there are some behavioral issues which may cause your puppy’s behavior to change from a friendly and loving pup into a barking barker at any given time. These behaviors include:
1. Biting – Some dogs bite out of fear, others because they are bored or want attention.
If your dog bites, it could mean that he/she is becoming aggressive towards someone or something. A good way to tell if your dog is biting is if you feel like you need to defend yourself against him/her.
2. Barking – Many times a dog will bark out of boredom, frustration or anger.
Other times a dog may just be trying to get your attention. When your dog barks, it means that he/she wants you to come over and play with them or give them something else to do (e.g., go outside).
3. Jumping on People – Some dogs are just very friendly and like to jump on people when they come over to visit.
Dogs do this out of excitement, but it can also be annoying and rude to the person. You may need to teach your dog not to jump on people by telling them “No!” and opening up the crate or door to his/her room when they stop.
4. Whining – Whining can come in many forms.
At times, it can mean that your dog is actually trying to communicate with you. Other times, it could just mean that your dog is bored or frustrated about something. If your dog is whining while looking at you or looking at you while whining, it means that he/she wants to go outside or do something.
5. Not Eating – If your dog normally eats anything you put in front of him/her, but suddenly stops eating, then you may have a problem.
This type of change in behavior could mean that your dog is not feeling well.
6. Hiding – If your dog suddenly starts to spend more time hiding under the bed or somewhere else, it may be a sign that there is a problem.
He/she may be feeling scared or insecure about something.
7. Turning Around Before Sleeping – Most dogs sleep a lot, but if your dog suddenly starts sleeping during the day and staying awake at night, then there may be a problem.
Dogs tend to sleep more at night to be prepared to hunt in the dark, so this change in behavior is not natural for canines.
You need to be aware of any sudden changes in behavior in your dog. If you start to notice that your dog is acting strange or different in any way then you need to contact your veterinarian immediately. It could be something very minor or it could be something very serious.
Either way, you need to find out what is going on as soon as possible before it becomes worse and potentially fatal.
The most important thing to do is to remain as consistent as possible in all training sessions. If you are going to train your dog one day and then not the next, it will only cause more confusion for your dog, which will make the whole process take longer. The average dog can easily be trained in about a month if you set aside a little bit of time each day for training.
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Sources & references used in this article:
- Canine body language: a photographic guide (B Aloff – 2018 – books.google.com)
- Dogspeak: How to understand your dog and help him understand you (T Albert, D Eldredge, D Ironside, B Ironside – 2016 – Penguin)
- “Now we got lots to eat and they’re telling us not to eat it”: understanding changes to south-east Labrador Inuit relationships to food (P Mattinson – 2015 – Random House)