Many of our dogs demonstrate behaviors or behaviors that sometimes perplex us, and we do not understand the why of many situations, such as when a dog gets angry and turns circles to bite his tail.
The body is usually prepared to adapt to stressful situations temporarily. But when it is prolonged over time, certain effects of stress on the body and, above all, on the behavior changes in our dog begin to be noticed.
The definition of behavior is the ability of an organism to adapt to the environment in which it lives. When there are changes in the environment during prolonged periods, conflicting emotional situations occur increasing anxiety or tension, due to the frustration generated by the absence of physical, social, etc. experiences.
Very often there are behavioral signs of anxiety in dogs that have lived for a certain time a certain routine (stray dogs) and, suddenly, that routine is changed to a non-stimulating environment (domestic environment). Other cases include dogs that go from sharing almost everything with their owners to being in a garden or even being tied to a chain for a certain time or permanently.
Symptoms of anxiety:
- excessive barking
- excessive licking
- destructive behavior
- digging holes
- peeing or pooping in inappropriate places
- licking objects and people
- meaningless pacing
Another cause of presentation occurs in the case of animals with little or no social contact with animals of the same or other species.
The way to correct these disorders is, mainly, to identify the possible cause and take the appropriate measures for each case in particular.
The advisable thing to mitigate the anxiety is to enjoy controlled walks incorporating the use of the collar and the strap, avoiding that our dog takes the control of this walk. This is achieved by getting the dog into the proper emotional state before going for a walk and not once he has the strap on.
There are also medications that help improve mood and correct certain organic disturbances that can be the basis of these types of disorders.
Obviously, we must always turn to our trusted veterinarian to carry out a clinical evaluation first, and then, if necessary, make the corresponding referral to the veterinarian specialized in behavior you trust.Dog Behaviour Problems