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9 dog behaviors that may be related to psychological disorders

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Posted on November 14 2018

If you notice any significant changes in your dog's behavior, do not hesitate to take him to the vet to find a suitable solution.

Indeed, like us humans, our dog friends can, too, develop mental and psychological disorders , and therefore need therapies. These disorders affect both their quality of life and their interaction with their environment.

This is explained Laurel Braitman in his book entitled Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs Compulsive Parrots and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves (literally: " Animal Madness: How anxious dogs, parrots and elephants compulsive way healing help us to understand ourselves ").

The author identifies a number of signs and manifestations that may reflect domestic disordersin dogs. Here are 9 examples ...

1. He spends hours trying to catch his tail

We sometimes surprise our dogs turning around trying to catch their tails. This is a known and normal behavior, but it becomes worrying if it lasts. It can be an obsessive compulsive disorder or anxiety.

2. He loses his appetite

A significant loss of appetite may be the manifestation of a depressive state in your dog. Anxiety can also be involved.

3. It scares others

Dogs with an aggressive temperament are not inherently bad. Aggression can be caused by past traumas, lack of socialization and education. A particular fear or feeling of insecurity or threat is also to be suspected.

4. He licks frequently and compulsively

Dogs that lick frequently and frenetically on a specific area can do so under the effect of anxiety. It is necessary, of course, to remove the physical lesion beforehand.

5. He is suffering from seasonal depression

Yes, some dogs can also enter a depressed state when winter sets in and the sun runs out.

6. He sleeps a lot

Dogs sleep a lot, especially puppies and seniors. Nevertheless, if you find that your adult and physically healthy companion is sleeping much more than usual, he may be suffering from some form of depression.

7. His tail does not stir anymore

If, usually mobile, the tail of your dog does not move as much as before, it could be a sign of ill-being at home.

8. He chases the shadows, including his

Chasing shadows, especially one's own, is the possible translation of obsessive behavior. He needs to be more stimulated or concerned about something.

9. He starts chewing clothes

If, overnight, your dog starts to eat your items and clothes, it may be a compulsive disorder. This problem is compounded by lack of activity, loneliness and boredom.

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