dog behaviour

dog BEHAVIOR

Dogs express behaviors based on experiences and each dog may react differently to different situations.  This makes understanding dog behavior complicated.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR DOG

What makes a dog man’s best friend is how well they seem to understand us.  Dogs communicate with us all the time but without words or conversation.  Instead they use body language, facial expressions and some vocalizations to let us know what they feel and think. Being able to pick up on these signals will ultimately help improve your relationship. 

How do dogs “talk to us”?

A dog’s sensory world

Canine social communication

If a dog is misunderstood, confused or anxious because of unclear human-dog communication, they can become stressed.

POTENTIALLY STRESSFUL SITUATIONS FOR DOGS

1.

Loneliness - separation (staying alone at home or in a boarding kennel)

2.

Adoption - settling into a new home

3.

Puppy training and socialization

4.

Traveling

5.

Veterinary visits and hospitalization

6.

Loud noises such as fireworks or thunderstorms

7.

Exposure to new situations and environments

Some Common Signs of Stress

Common behaviors displayed by dogs suffering from chronic stress*:

  • Decreased exploratory or play behavior
  • Decreased appetite
  • Reduced social interaction (with other pets or humans)
  • Apathy
  • Increased reactivity or vigilance (barking at the slightest noises)
  • Increased sleep or disruption of sleeping patterns

*These may also be signs of disease conditions.  Please consult your veterinarian with any changes in behavior.

If you dog is showing any of these signs then Adaptil® may help.  Depending on the severity of the situation, additional behavioral modifications may also be needed.  Seek advice from a qualified professional.

Additional resources for more information on behavior and training:

The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

The American Veterinary Medical Association

The American Animal Hospital Association

Victoria Stilwell - Positvely

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