Dog Behavior Modification with Over the Counter Medication

Never use over-the-counter medications for dog behavior modification without thoroughly discussing the benefits and downfalls with your vet. Many OTC medications, like Advil and Tylenol are toxic to dogs. However, aspirin, Benadryl and Pepto-Bismol are okay if you match the dosage to the dog's size.

Excessive Biting, Scratching and Licking

If you are concerned about your dog licking or scratching itself until he/she is bloody or balding, this is one area where over-the-counter medications helps aid dog behavior modification. Many times, a dog scratches or licks excessively because of an allergic reaction to something. While ruling out possible allergens, you need your pet to stop the obsessive behavior.

Benadryl excels at stopping allergic reactions that cause the itching that drives a dog to excessive biting, scratching and licking routines. Benadryl is safe for dogs and immediately aids with dog behavior modification.

Herbal Remedies

If you have a dog that suffers from anxiety, herbal remedies are safe and effective. Valerian root is safe and effective in dogs. Dogs that show aggression benefit from St. John's Wort. Ask your vet for the proper dosage for both of these herbal remedies.