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Your Mischievous Dog

Over the years, we’ve had several dogs in our family.  Some are sweet and affectionate, while others are mischievous and naughty.  Others are a cute mixture.  It’s those mischievous dogs that you have to look out for.  We’ve also found that certain breeds can have more of a naughty streak than others.

Naughty or Simply Not-Nice?

While there truly is no such thing as a purely “bad” dog, some of their behavior may suggest otherwise.  Often getting a bad rap are dogs born with high intelligence and high energy who are under stimulated.  These guys can often find themselves in trouble.  Understanding if they just have a playful streak or if it’s a destructive or dangerous one should be considered.  When they are dangerous, true corrective action may be required.

Do any of these sound familiar to you?

  • They like to chew or obliterate small objects like pillows or socks or maybe even shoes.  If they prey on larger household items like furniture, it probably requires some consequences and corrective action.
  • They constantly want to trick you into letting them outside to potty when they don’t have to.  If they shut the locked door behind you, it’s time to get serious.
  • Do they ever put you or themselves into dangerous situations?  Dogs that get off their leash and stay near you are fairly trustworthy.  However, those types that break free and run like the wind into oncoming traffic, they need to be trained not to do so.

Most Common Mischievous Breeds

There are exceptions to every rule.  But this list, if left to their own devices, shouldn’t surprise pup parents if they craft some of their own mischief.

  • Dachsund
  • Pit Bulls (this group includes American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and more)
  • Belgian Malinois (often found in police and military fields)
  • Affenpinscher
  • Jindo
  • Siberian Husky
  • Jack Russel Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Beagle

What to Do With a Mischievous Dog

If one of your furry family members is on the list above, and he’s true to form, you may be wondering what’s next.  First, decide if you need his behavior corrected or if it’s a source of pleasure for you both.  Remember, laughing at your naughty pup and giving him attention during his antics encourages him to continue his behavior.  If, however, you ignore and gently correct a mischievous dog they will start to learn.  For more extreme behaviors, consider speaking with a professional dog trainer and/or your veterinarian.

For More Information

If you have questions about this topic or general questions about pet care, you can contact Kara Jenkins, Owner of TLC Pet Sitter. We are also available by email at info@tlcpetsitter.com. View more of our articles on pets here.