Today, dogs are considered as family members by their owners. So when these companions show indesirable behaviours, their owners may feel embarassed.
If the manifestations are rather different, the origin is sometimes similar with the sex hormones playing a major role. In all cases, solutions exist : talk to your vet.
FOR EACH PROBLEM, THERE IS A SOLUTION !
Male dog urinary marking is a natural behaviour that allows him to mark his territory. Through this, he informs his peers of his passage and of his « claim » on this given place. However, this behaviour can become problematic for the owner when it occurs too frequently in inappropriate places.
24% of owners have already lost their pet once. A dog that runs away all the time is therefore, for you, a great source of worry and concern. Indeed, such a behaviour can have terrible consequences : road accident, fights with other dogs, loss or theft of pet, risk of infectious diseases… This behaviour can have different causes.
A dog can run away because he has spotted a female in heat, to widen his territory, to hunt, to look for food, to search for companions, to play, from boredom…
Some breeds are more at risk and notably hunting dogs who run away to follow a trail or track an animal.
Preventing your dog from running away passes by physical measures (well defined and closed territory with fences, barriers…) and by educational measures, especially with the notion of recall and a perfect control over the dog. Of course, identification (mandatory) is a guarantee of safety as it allows you to find your lost pet.
To avoid your dog responding to external situations, he must find things to occupy himself in his environment and all the palliative means to boredom (sufficient walks, toys, physical activities…) will be useful. In certain cases, running away can be linked to testosterone. A testosterone inhibition test exists, that mimics the effects of surgical castration.
Depending on cases, castration, definitive or temporary, could be the appropriate solution for male dogs that run away looking for females in heat. A dog can be attracted by females in heat that he can smell, even from long distances. When facing repeated fugue behaviour, it is important to first determine its’ cause, and to discuss it with your vet.
*Source : enquête TNS/Sofres pour I-Cad, octobre 2016.
Dog reproduction has a procreative purpose, and usually occurs between a male and a female in heat (we also say she is in estrus). When the dog’s sexuality is expressed repeatedly on other individuals or on inappropriate supports (toys, objects), these behaviours can become embarassing for the owner.
Dog fights are often impressing for owners. Even if this attitude is part of the dog’s usual behavioral repertoire, do not hesitate to ask your vet for advice.
Your dog can fight with a congener in mainly 2 types of situations : when he is trying to defend a resource (food, toy, sexual partner…), or to ensure his own protection, when he feels threatened. Your dog pulling on his leash during walks is a behaviour that may be annoying to you.
Conflict only breaks out if the other dog insists and does not respect the intimidation signals initially sent. Males fight more often than females, driven by their sex hormones.
When a dog who exhibits no hostility towards his fellow animals starts to attack them for no apparent reason, he must be subjected to a medical investigation so the vet can determine the cause.
The presence of a bitch in heat can trigger a fight between the whole male dogs that are in her surroundings. They forget about any camaraderie, even if it had been the case previously.
Chemical or surgical castration may be the solution if the fights are of sexual origin. A testosterone inhibition test exists that mimics the effects of surgical castration.