Change in Dog Behavior

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Change in Dog Behavior
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Moving homes, introduction of new members to the household, medical conditions, these are some common reasons that can cause a change in your dog’s behavior. If your dog’s behavior has changed to the worse, you want to understand what could be setting off these stress responses. Let us take a look at some common causes for behavioral changes in dogs.

New members

The introduction of a new cat or a dog in the house, can also trigger behavioral issues in your pet. Not all dogs behave this way, and they may get along famously for all you know. However, sometimes, your dog may take an aggressive stance toward the new pet member in the household. He/she may start vying for more attention from you as well.You want to gradually introduce the pets at home to each other, so they do not feel threatened by each other’s presence. Even if they do not get along, they will co-exist peacefully. Unfamiliar members or strangers can also trigger anxiety responses in your pet. They may turn sensitive and irritable as a result of this, and even show aggressive behavior toward them in some cases.

Age

Your pet will show behavioral changes as he/she transitions from puppyhood to adulthood to senior age. When your dog goes into adulthood, some of the characteristic breed traits may start to grow more prominent; your dog may grow more aloof or composed for instance. Socialization is another factor that can affect how your dog’s behavior changes as he/she hits adulthood.Then again, this depends on the social elements that he/she has been exposed to at a young age. Turning into a senior dog may also cause new behaviors to surface in your pet. If your newly senior dog begins to vocalize excessively, it could be indicative of a cognitive dysfunction. Similarly, if he/she shows a restless behavior, it could be due to loss of hearing or vision.

Medical condition

If you notice sudden changes in your dog’s lifestyle, whether he has grown lazy or less hungry, then it could be due to an underlying medical problem. If the water intake of your pet has reduced, then it could be due to kidney or urinary problems, blockage in intestine or stroke. Often it is difficult to pin down the exact medical condition that may be causing your dog distress without professional medical assistance.You want to observe your dog to see if the behavior persists for more than a day. If he/she shows no improvement then you want to take him/her to the vet, so they can diagnose the condition. A balanced

medical treatment

combined with the right nutrition will keep your dog in good

health

.

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