Maybe you’re searching for Puggle puppies for sale?  Or perhaps you just got a new English Bulldog puppy.  Either way, you’re more than likely starting think about training techniques and how to mold the best behaved dog.  Before you start, you should know the most common behavior problems in dogs.  Below is a list of those behaviors and we’ll be posting separate articles on how to avoid, or manage, these behaviors in your dog!

1.  Aggression.  No matter what breed of dog, be it Puggle puppies, Yorkie puppies, English Bulldog puppies, Pitbull puppies or any other breed, aggression can be a huge problem, and a dangerous one at that.  Even something that seems harmless, such as a tiny growl, can quickly turn into a bigger problem as your puppy ages.  Stopping it before it starts is the best option.

2.  Barking.  Many people assume that small dogs, such as Puggle puppies or Yorkshire Terrier puppies, are the breeds that yap and make too much noise.  But large dogs can have barking issues as well – alarming to anyone that passes by the house or the smallest noise at night.  While it may make you feel safe to have a great watch dog, this incessant barking can cause problems or turn into aggressive behaviors.

3.  Jumping.  A little puppy jumping all over your ankles may be adorable now but when he’s 90 pounds and can knock you over with a simple wag of his tail, the jumping isn’t so cute anymore.  Jumping up is also a sign of dominance and a clear sign that your dog does not respect you as alpha or leader of the pack.  Getting this under control is a great first step to asserting your dominance over him which makes for easier, quicker training.

4.  Digging.  There are some breeds, such as Yorkie puppies, Chihuahua puppies and other small breeds that are bred for digging and this inherent behavior can be hard to stop.  Digging can ruin your home, your yard and your belongings in no time.

5.  Running away.  Your dog running away doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you or hates his home.  It usually is because there’s something he feels he just needs to go after, such as a rabbit, a female dog in heat, or some interesting smell down the block.  There are many ways to teach or prevent your dog from running away, so don’t panic!

6.  Marking territory.  This is most common in male dogs that are not neutered.  While many dog owners do not mind their pup taking claim to the fire hydrant on the corner, that feeling usually changes when your pup thinks his territory is the corner of the couch, the bed or anywhere else in the house.  If this is a problem you have, reading more about this behavior will certainly help!

7.  Whining.  A little whimper from your Puggle puppy as you leave may break your heart.  Or a little excited whining as you walk through the door may be just what you look forward to hearing at the end of the day.  But incessant whining can be highly aggravating and hinder your training results.

8.  Chewing.  This can be a problem when your puppy is young and going through his teething stage.  But if it is not brought under control, chewing can be a major problem when he is older and gnawing on furniture, shoes and your other belongings.

9.  Nipping.  You may see this as play biting when your pup is small but allowing your dog to bite you in any way can easily turn into dominance issues or aggressive behaviors.  Learning to stop nipping immediately is always the best route.

10.  Fear of loud noises.  You may think that only small dogs are afraid of loud noises but many large breeds have this fear as well.  Fireworks, thunder storms, gun shots and other loud noises can send your pup into a panic.  Learn some creative ways to ease your pup’s fears of these things.

Top 10 Most Common Dog Behavior Problems