Behaviours


 

Aggression

Shown towards familiar or strange people, dogs or other animals.

Anxiety

Nervous, fearful, high-strung, jumpy or snappy. Uncomfortable with strangers or the unfamiliar.

Astraphobia

Intense fear of adverse weather conditions such as thunder, lightning, wind and rain.

Attention-seeking

Nudging, barking, forcefully pushing in when attention is given to another pet. Object stealing to get attention, needy.

Bad manners

In general or in specific situations or environments. Not listening/ignoring.

Barking

Excessively or for no apparent reason.

Begging

For food around the dinner table, or for attention.

Biting

People or other animals; strangers, visitors or family members.

Boisterousness

Endless energy, jumping up, can’t settle.

Chewing

Garden fittings, furniture, kids’ toys etc.

Coprophagia (eating faeces)

From the lawn, cat-litter tray or during walks.

Depression

As an emotional response to an event or lifestyle; unmotivated, disinterested, lethargic.

Destructiveness

Digging, chewing, destroying valuable items, pulling washing from the line.

Digging

Holes in the garden; along the wall, at the gate, in flower-beds or random areas on the lawn.

Disobedience

Difficulty in training without professional help, unresponsive, ignores you.

Dominance

Towards other dogs or the owner. Growling, challenging body language, humping.

Escaping

Running out, getting through small spaces, jumping over/digging under walls.

Fearfulness

Stressed around new people, animals or places, shaking, cowering or snappy.

Fighting

With the other dogs at home, dogs at the park or reactive during walks.

Food guarding

Growling or aggressive behaviour when approached while eating or busy with a chew.

House soiling

Lacking, incomplete or extinct training. Illness/pain, aging/confusion.

Howling

While the family is away or late at night for no apparent reason.

Hyperactivity

Inability to settle; boisterousness, constantly on the go, jumping up in greeting.

Jumping up

On family or visitors, excessive excitement during greeting or play.

Licking

Obsessive licking of paws, arms, in between digits. Excessive face licking. Licking cement/walls.

Lunging

At cars, joggers, cyclists or other dogs while being walked.

Nervousness

Distrusting and anxious around strangers. Tries to hide or crouch, sometimes snappy.

Nipping

Biting at ankles or legs of visitors, domestic staff or family.

Over-attachment

To a family member; follows the person around, doesn’t like being alone, has to watch their every move.

Over-protectiveness

Of home area, family or objects/resources. Sometimes aggressive towards strangers

Phobia

An extreme fear of certain sounds, sights, locations or sensations.

Pulling on the leash

A lack of training, stressed during walks, not socialised.

Pushing other pets out the way

To get sole attention from the family or from visitors.

Recourse guarding

Growling and over-protectiveness of objects, chews, toys or food.

Running away

Runs out of the gate at every opportunity, unresponsive to being called back.

Separation-anxiety

Will do anything not to be alone, keeps owner in sight. Over-excited greeting; jumping, vocal and even urinating. Destructiveness – digging or chewing.

Senility

In the aging dog; failing senses, confusion. Peculiar or unusual behaviour.

Submissiveness

Overly-sensitive. Rolls over immediately when interacted with or urinates when touched. Fearful or nervous demeanour.

Unresponsive

To being given a command or being called over, doesn’t listen. In pain. Illness.

Territorialism (excessive)

Over-protective of the home area or family members. Runs up and down the fence. Barks at the gate.