Lately, Natasha has been noticing a massive change in her pet dog's behavior.
Ludo, her Pomeranian have become quiet and got in habit of chewing her leash. She has also been shedding her soft, pristine white fur which was another thing Natasha noticed. She also took note of Ludo's loss of appetite. Worried about her beloved pet, she did some Google search and what she found, had her stunned. She quickly got in touch with a pet expert and found out that Ludo was getting affected by the fact that Natasha was undergoing cancer treatment.
Not only Ludo understood her owner's pain, she empathized with it so much that it has also affected her mental health. Thankfully Natasha was quick to react and with utmost love and care she put Ludo back together.
Is it true that your own behavior and suffering will reflect on your dog?
Dogs have long been noted for their ability to respond rapidly to human emotions. They deeply care for their owners, especially when the latter is unhappy, scared, or in pain. Your beloved pet's behavior is heavily influenced by your own behavioral patterns and personality.
In fact, the assumption that a dog takes on its owner's personality has been scientifically validated. For instance, according to some Austrian researchers, dogs can replicate their owners' worry and negativity. Similarly, your happiness will be reflected on your dog too.
Signs that your dog has picked up on your behavior pattern
Dog behavioral problems start with the owner and their daily habits and actions. For instance, the way you react to certain situations, your varying moods, and your demands may be difficult for them to understand. And this is why they might show frustration in different ways, including barking and growling at you and others. Extreme aggression can also lead to biting others and even their owner. The other signs are shedding of hair, loss of appetite and extreme sleeping and chewing habits.
Their actions could wary but they are a clear indication that your dog/pup is suffering internally and they have been projecting through the dramatic change in their behavior.
As mentioned earlier, Natasha was quick to assimilate her dog's behavior change and understood the problem was deeply rooted. She consulted a behaviorist who guided her to help her dog get out of the depression that stemmed from her own suffering.
How can we help our dog with behavior issues?
When it comes to helping your precious dog with their issues, there are certain measures one can adopt:
* The first thing you need to remember is to never ever punish your dog. Hitting and screaming at your pet will only lead to more distrust and fear and will eventually lead to more aggression. Resorting to violent methods will never solve your pet's problems but will only increase them to the point of no return.
* Exhibit your love for them. It is said that a pet's love for their owner is unconditional. So it's no surprise that they expect the same from you.
* Exercise your dog on a daily basis. Just as you need your workout, so does your dog. Exercising will not only keep your dog's heart-healthy, it will also sharpen their minds and keep them active. Remember, an active mind is a healthy mind. This routine will also help in any mental health issues your dog might have.
* Provide them a happy, safe place in the house. It is very important that your dog feels safe and comfortable in the home environment. Any negative vibes, whether they emit from you or from the house, will eventually take a toll on their health and mind.
* Reward them for their good behavior. If your dog does something good, a word of appreciation from you can go a long way. Dogs are more intelligent than we perceive them to be and are perfectly capable of understanding good deeds.
* Spend time with them when you are at home. Sitting with them and watching TV, snuggling up with them; these little gestures can make a world of difference. Dogs understand touch, so when you cuddle them, pat them, and show your love for them through touch, it will greatly help in improving their behavior.
* Know what triggers them. Through constant monitoring, you will be able to identify what may be affecting and altering their behavior. Often your own mood and reactions can reflect on them and become a trigger for them. Abstain from repeating those actions and control your mood around them.
Consulting a vet
You may choose to monitor your dog's mental health and help them improve with your love and care. However, the best way to address dog behavioral issues is to consult a vet. The vet will be able to identify the root cause of the behavior issue and offer immediate assistance. It is important to know that there are more reasons for this behavior than just the obvious, so the vet will need to take a look at the dog's environment and get a sense of what is causing their problems.
You may opt to visit the vet or choose an online consultation via video calling or online chatting.
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