Channel 4 of the UK has started to air a documentary series highlighting some of the UK’s dogs displaying symptoms of difficult behavior. You can most of the episode on Youtube.
Dogs have adapted incredibly well to our crazy 21st Century lifestyles, however sometimes things can go wrong. Sometimes the dog may be showing a perfectly ‘normal’ behaviour that we find unacceptable, such as rolling in fox poo, but in other cases there may be an underlying physical cause.
It is only by understanding the reason for the behaviour that we can hope to permanently change it. When confronted with behaviour that is causing them a problem, owners tend to think in terms of what they can do to stop the behaviour, however they should really be thinking, “What would I rather my dog did in that situation?” and focus on rewarding that response instead.