Guide to Dog Behavior
As the leading veterinary clinic in Montgomery County, we get a lot of questions about strange or unpleasant dog behaviors. From eating too much grass to being aggressive or anxious, there are many issues that dog owners could face. How do you address these problems? Are they really problems at all?
We’ve put together this guide to answer some of the most common questions we get about dog behavior, and we’ll update it periodically as we come across more questions from our clients!
Click on the link below each paragraph for more information on that topic, or contact us today if you have more questions.
Separation Anxiety in Dogs
Dogs are pack animals—and you and your other family members make up your pup’s whole world. In the wild, dogs are almost never separated from the other members in their pack, so it’s up to you to teach your dog that being apart is okay. However, some dogs experience excessive separation anxiety, which can be due to their own natural temperament or a traumatic experience.
Is My Dog Depressed?
Have you ever felt sad, lonely and disinterested in activities you once loved? These are common symptoms of depression in people. You might be surprised to learn that depression doesn’t just affect humans; your canine friend could be suffering from a case of the blues as well. Watch for these signs of dog depression to help you realize if your pet needs treatment. From not eating normally to acting aggressively, there are many signs of dog depression.
Aggression in Small Dogs
Small dogs almost seem like toys. But just because they stay small forever doesn’t mean they can’t be aggressive. In fact, many small dogs compensate for their size by developing aggressive tendencies. These aggressive behaviors rise to the surface when your small dog feels nervous, intimidated, threatened or afraid, but that’s no excuse. The ASPCA states that aggression is the number one reason pet parents seek help from dog trainers and behaviorists. So how do you handle aggression in small dogs? Strategies include asserting yourself as the alpha and limiting your dog’s exposure to his aggressive triggers.
How to Make My Dog Eat Slower
Being a speedy eater isn’t just a silly dog trait—it can actually be dangerous to your dog’s health. It’s important to curb your dog’s food gobbling tendencies so that he or she doesn’t cause any harm. At Germantown Vet, we have a lot of experience dealing with fast eaters, and we can give you some advice about slowing things down.
Why Is My Dog Eating Grass?
Your dog gets plenty to eat from his food dish at home, so you’re perplexed when you notice him eating grass while spending time outside. The behavior worries you—is your dog sick? Hungry? Bored? Could eating grass be bad for him? Learn the possible reasons why your dog is eating grass and whether you should be concerned.
Why Does My Dog Lick Me So Much?
You probably welcome a few kisses from your dog every now and then. Who doesn’t love a little affection from their pup once in a while? However, if your pooch obsessively licks you or your guests, it’s easy to become irritated. We know that this behavior can be confusing, which is why our team at Germantown Veterinary Clinic is here to explain some of the many reasons dogs lick themselves, each other and humans, as well as how to get your dog to stop.
Dog Park Safety Tips
When temperatures begin to rise, many pet owners begin spending more and more time outdoors with their pets—and this includes trips to the dog park! And while the dog park can be a wonderful place to socialize and exercise your pet, it’s also very important to make the trip as safe as possible. The pros at Germantown Vet have compiled 15 tips for dog park safety to help ensure you have a happy, fun experience all around, from ensuring your dog is up-to-date on vaccines to knowing how to break up a dog fight.
Have More Questions About Dog Behavior?
We know that all dogs are different, and sometimes your dog might be doing something strange that we haven’t even heard of! If you’re confused or concerned about your dog’s behavior and want assistance from one of our highly-experienced veterinarians, give us a call today at 240-252-7467!