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Understand Your Dog’s Behaviour With The Help of a Veterinary Consultant

Sometimes, our dogs do unusual things that we enjoy documenting and showing to our friends and family or uploading to social media, like taking a nap in a baby stroller or insisting that their food be heated in the microwave before they eat. But other times, unusual behaviour could be a sign that your dog is struggling to progress. 

Here at Alpha Animal Hospital, we understand that every dog is different, which is why we take the time to get to know your pup and their behavioural idiosyncrasies. After that, one of our veterinary consultants can assess their behaviours and approach the necessary training to help them overcome any obstacles they may be facing. 

We want to see your pets thrive in a healthy and happy life, so visit us today to speak to a professional veterinary consultant

Why Is My Dog Reactive Around Other Dogs?

As a pet owner, you want to be able to enjoy doing activities with your dog, such as going for walks, playing fetch on the beach, and going for hikes, but when your pup freaks out around other dogs, it can make doing these activities almost impossible. 

So why does your dog struggle with interaction and socializing? 

There are countless reasons your dog may be reactive to other canines, but it’s important to treat them with their specific history, health, breed, environment and age in mind. Understanding where their behaviour stems from is the first step in mitigating it and ultimately helping your pup develop better skills. 

Let’s take a look at some common reactive behavioural issues:

  1. Poor socialization – young puppies need to be introduced to other dogs and people to learn socialization cues. If this process doesn’t happen, the pup will grow without adequate skills in reading other dogs, which is why they freak out when another canine approaches them. If your adult dog is reactive, try using impulse control games and exercises to train them to defer to you rather than react immediately. 
  2. Previous trauma – if your dog has been attacked by another canine or has experienced an element of fear during interactive play with another pup, they may be reluctant to socialize. One way to curb their anxiety is by pointing out other dogs around them and rewarding them with a treat to help build up a positive association. 

Your dog had a childhood just like you did, and their experiences while growing up will directly translate into their behaviour as an adult. However, there are many ways to help your dog overcome social obstacles, and we can help!

Visit Alpha Animal Hospital in Abbotsford today or contact us to speak to a veterinary consultant.