Welcome to the new year…. 2018 will be the best yet !!!
Seems that I have some updating to do here:
For humans and dogs our brains work mainly on three things… O2, food and proper chemical balance. So, if your brain is not getting the right supply of any of these things your body will signal alert. Behavior is really a result of all of your physiological functions working/ or not in concert. You can not separate your body and your brain. You can not separate behavior from you health.
A few examples may help. When you come to Motley Dog Dog Training and we advise you see your vet. this is why. Let’s say your vet says.. yep your dog has a heart murmur but, that wont effect their behaviour ….or hey the dog has thyroid imbalance but, that wont cause behavior problems… you need a new vet. If your brain does not have proper blood flow it has problems and alerts the body to a crisis… depression, anxiety and a real need to defend and protect yourself will result. If and when this imbalance is corrected then most of the behavior will subside. You might ask.. cant you have a medical condition and a psychological condition at the same time. Well, of course you can. the point is that eliminating or doing a great job of managing medical problems is vital. This should be combined with training but, this is not your standard dog obedience training.
Look at it this way, if a dog has an injury, maybe it becomes more aggressive when touched. The more improvement to the injury the better the behavior. However, the worse the injury becomes the more aggressive or broken down the dog will become.
So, if your dog has behavioral issues do a very good job of identifying and treating any underlying medical condition, first. MDDT training will help but, is only half the solution. Remember if your vet tells you that yep your dog has a medical problem but, that is not the cause of the behavior ….. please find a new vet. Psychology has changed a lot since the days of Pavlov, Skinner and Freud.
Hope this is helpful.
Have a great new year!!!!
PS this is also true for you people out there.
Anxiety is an emotion characterized by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints, and rumination. It is the subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events, such as the feeling of imminent death. Anxiety is not the same as fear, which is a response to a real or perceived immediate threat, whereas anxiety is the expectation of future threat. Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness and worry, usually generalized and unfocused as an overreaction to a situation that is only subjectively seen as menacing. It is often accompanied by muscular tension, restlessness, fatigue and problems in concentration. Anxiety can be appropriate, but when experienced regularly the individual may suffer from an anxiety disorder.