- separation anxiety
- excessive barking, jumping on people, mouthiness
- noise phobias (fear of loud or startling noises)
- problems with crate training
- reactivity towards other dogs, animals, or people
- obsessive, compulsive behavior
- reward calm behavior
- maintain calm energy around your dog
- consistently exercise your dog
- stick to a routine
- train your dog with the help of a trainer who advocates positive reinforcement and non corrective techniques
- protocol for deference by vet behaiorist Karen Overall
You can say, "good calm" or "good quiet" whenever your dog is being chill. Offering a treat reward for this behavior will quickly reinforce it and give you a tool to use when energy is too high. If you are anxious or high energy around your dog, expect to see this behavior in your dog. Exercise needs vary for each dog. No matter what, appropriate mental and physical stimulation can bring anxiety levels down. Most puppies are naturally looking at their pet parent for guidance. They look at you because they are deferring to you. They are asking the questions: Is this ok? Is it scary or not scary? Will you be my fearless leader so I dont have to worry about things or protect you? Simply asking a puppy to SIT and acknowledge you (LOOK, LOOK AT ME) before anything (eating, going out the door, getting into the car, greeting a new person) will reinforce calm behavior and deference.
Appropriate play is awesome for puppies. Doggy day care can be fun and provide a great source of exercise and socialization. Having your pup attend regular play sessions can also reinforce a healthy independence as your pup forms bonds with new people and new dogs. Inappropriate play or anxiety around play can reinforce bad behaviors and anxiety. Ask daycare staff how your dog behaves for clues.
- Does your dog enjoy playing and making friends?
- Does he/she bark constantly while other dogs are playing or in the kennel while waiting to play?
- Does he/she freeze in the play area?
- Does he/she have to be corrected for bad manners towards other dogs or other people?
- Does your dog seem crazed/full of wild energy after daycare?