Some dogs, like Dachshunds, tend to be suspicious
as a part of the breed’s specific instincts.
Dogs can become suspicious when they are not socialized
properly as puppies. Dogs of this nature need
extensive exposure to sights, sounds, and a variety
of people; otherwise, their cautious nature may
turn into suspiciousness, and this can lead to
biting behavior in the dog.
By nature, some dogs tend to be aloof and standoffish;
they need extensive socialization because this
has a significant effect on how some puppies like
the Dachshunds interact with people and other
animals throughout its life. Some puppies must
start socializing from the age of seven weeks
and continue to six months of age.
Equally important is adolescent socialization
in some breeds. Some dogs's adolescence begins
from the ages of six to nine months and ends when
the pup is between one and three years old. Dog's
adolescence can involve emotional changes and
behavioral problems. An adolescent dog will change
its attitude and responses to strangers and other
Understanding if your Dog is Suspicious
Your dog is exhibiting signs of suspiciousness
when it growls, whines, barks, urinates, or runs
away from unfamiliar people or animals. It is
important to note that a dog that has been allowed
to develop suspicious behavior will not become
accustomed to unfamiliar people or animals. They
will only become relaxed with the people or animals
with which they live on a regular basis. Once
developed, suspiciousness becomes a permanent
When pet owners bring a new animal into the house,
they can become very protective, especially if
the animal is a puppy. Young dogs are very energetic
and are prone to running out of the house and
out of an unfenced yard. The animal might become
lost or harmed due to its inexperience. Some pet
owners overprotect their puppies out of concern
for the animal’s safety and their own piece
The owner of a pup might keep the dog away from
unusual sights, sounds, or people. When this occurs,
the dog will not experience the socialization
that is necessary, and permanent, suspicious behavior
One of the most frequent signs of suspicious
behavior in some breeds is called submissive urination.
The dog will urinate when it becomes excited;
this can be seen when an unknown person enters
the home or if the dog is touched suddenly.
Urination is specific to the dog, and it should
not be thought of as bad behavior. The dog is
trying to communicate to its guardian that the
guardian is in control, and the dog wants to please
its guardian, so it acts submissively.
Submissive urination can be treated. The dog
must be kept from becoming quickly or unexpectedly
excited. The dog can be trained through constant
exposure to various stimuli that is known to excite
him until the excitement subsides. For example,
if the dog urinates when strangers enter the home,
ask one or two of these people to help train the
dog. Ask them to come into the home quietly. Tell
them to speak and move slowly, ignore the dog,
and then sit down. Ask them to repeat this behavior
several times, and monitor the dog’s behavior.
The dog should become less excited each time
the person enters the room. Ignore the dog’s
excited behavior and any urination; don’t
ever become angry and scold or hit the dog if
it urinates in a submissive manner. After the
dog is exposed to the stimulus, take him outside
How to Control Suspiciousness in Dogs?
Because suspiciousness may become part of the
dog’s personality, a formal training program
might be the first choice in controlling suspicious
behavior in dogs. A training program will help
the dog and its guardian(s) to communicate in
a manner that will reduce fearful behavior in
the dog. Also, a program will help the dog’s
guardian know how and when to provide additional
training and rewards for desired behavior.
One of the major benefits of training programs
is that the dog will receive sustained attention;
this attention can make the dog feel more secure,
and the dog will experience consistent situations
(exposure to people and other animals) that might
be uncommon at home. The dog will learn how to
respond to these situations in a less excited
or anxious manner.
Training after a formal program has ended must
be consistent and reliable. Some dogs experience
suspiciousness, excitement, and anxiety because
he does not know what to expect. When training
this breed of dog, the commands should be kept
to one word, and that word should be used each
time during the training session.
Also, rewards should be as consistent as the
commands. Use the same type and size of dog treat.
Verbal praise should be plentiful and the words
used should be the same as well. The dog will
respond well to consistency and predictability.
When training is presented in a uniform and reliable
manner, the dog will know what to expect and suspiciousness
will be reduced. The dog will gradually generalize
this behavior into other situations and circumstances
in the home.