Pet Pointers: Dealing with bad behaviors
Sometimes our pets exhibit odd behaviors that we think are embarrassing or gross. In today’s Pet Pointers, Lisa Chelenza tackles a few of the most common bad behaviors.
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Have you ever been completely disgusted to see your dog dragging their behind across your carpet? This behavior is called “schooching” and your dog isn’t trying to ruin your carpet, they are trying to scratch an itch that won’t seem to stop. This could be a sign of several issues: their anal glands may need to be expressed, they could be infected with parasites, have an allergy, have something stuck to their fur, or have an annoying mat of fur that is bothering them.
The solution is to first check their backside for any foreign matter. If you see redness or swelling, take them to the vet. They may need medical treatment for parasites or inflamed anal glands.
Just about every pet person has seen a dog trying to mount another dog, a toy, or even the leg of a visiting relative. Mounting behavior can be exhibited by male and female dogs, even if they have been neutered or spayed. This behavior is a natural expression of dominance or sexual interest. You can try redirecting them with the commands ‘off,’ ‘sit’ and ‘stay,’ and then giving a treat. If the behavior is becoming a regular embarrassing occurrence, you may want to seek the help of a trainer or behaviorist.
Another annoying and sometimes embarrassing behavior is constant “licking.” From paws and private parts to the floor and furniture some dogs just cannot stop licking. This could be an allergic reaction to food, a bug bite or their environment. If you notice redness where they are licking, ask your vet about possibly testing for allergies or try switching your pet’s food to one that is free of artificial coloring and wheat gluten.