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Dog Training-The Facts On Separation Anxiety and Dog Aggression

Jun 26, 2008
Dogs are man's best friend for a reason. They deserve that title. Dogs are indeed man and woman best friend because of their loyalty and their dedication to their owners. Dogs can also be very helpful when it comes to release stress. It has been proved that dogs can help release stress and lower blood pressure. Some people who are fortunate enough to be able to take their dogs to work swear by this. Dogs can also be a lot of fun. There is nothing more enjoyable than playing with a young puppy, or playing hide and seek with your older dog. Unfortunately, not everything is color pink, dogs can also be destructive beings.

There's a misconception amidst dog owners that dogs conduct such ways because they oftentimes leave them by themselves in the house when they're at work consequently giving the dog total freedom to do whatever destructive behavior that they would like to. But according to dog trainers and dog behavioral specialists, such belief is inaccurate. Rather, they debate that the reason why your pet conducts in this manner is because dogs by nature have a great deal of energy and inadequate exercise can lead to such destructive behavior.

As a result, it is highly important that an owner is sensitive enough to the need of their dogs because if not, it will lead to certain emotional problems such as dog aggression and anxiety. Basically, dog aggression is the term employed by owners to describe canine-to-canine antagonism or canine to human antagonism.

Dogs that are aggressive do not necesary want to harm, sometimes they act aggressive because they are fearful. Other times dogs can show signs of aggression because they might have hormonal imbalances or other medical problems or are in pain. Dog behavior experts consider aggression as intent to harm. You can tell when a dog is acting aggressive just by looking at it. The dog will bark excessively, howl and growl. He might even show you his teeth. In a dog that aggression is not controlled this behavior could lead the dog to harm somebody.

On the other side, another issue with dogs that can be very detrimental to the dog-owner relationship is anxiety. Anxiety in dogs can be a very difficult condition to treat. Many dogs these days suffer from separation anxiety. An owner knows when a dog suffer from separation anxiety when the dog, cause destruction to the house, including damage to the furniture, the rugs and even the walls.

Keep in mind that dogs longed for affection and care and their destructive nature should not be construed as revenge instead it is only their way of telling their extreme dissaproval of being left alone. Moreover, anxiety in dogs can also be brought upon by other circumstances. There are some dogs which may repulsively reacts when there are too many people around and although when they are trapped in such kind of condition, they have the tendency to run away, there are also some who would act unpleasantly. Another reason of anxiety in dogs is the presence of loud noises.

If dog aggression and anxiety do not get corrected early on, these two problems have the tendency to worsen and over time they will become a major headache for the dog owner.
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