Unruly Behaviors in Dogs
Jumping, Digging, Chasing, and Stealing Behaviors in Dogs
All of these actions are within the range of normal dog behaviors. However, a dog that is not kept active enough may behave excessively in one or more of these ways. This can be especially true of dogs that are normally high energy by genetic disposition or character.
Jumping up excessively as part of a greeting, for example, can be associated with separation anxiety and the excitement of having the human companion return home. Digging can often be associated with other behavioral disorders, neurologic disorders, or abdominal pain.
Symptoms and Types
Your veterinarian will perform a complete physical exam on your dog, including a neurological exam. A complete blood profile will be conducted, including a chemical blood profile, a complete blood count, a urinalysis and an electrolyte panel. Before your doctor concludes a behavioral basis for your dog's unruliness, other non-behavioral causes will need to be ruled out or confirmed first.
In addition to the medical work-up, your veterinarian will need a background history of your dog's health, living conditions, level of activity the dog is allowed each day, diet, family background, if possible, and the level of training you have given to your dog.
If your dog is not found to be suffering from any underlying health problems, it may be seen on an outpatient basis. Medical care and prescriptions will be entirely dependent upon whether there is an underlying condition that requires medical treatment. Otherwise, if your dog is diagnosed with a behavioral problem, your veterinarian will advise you to begin by increase your dog's activity levels.
Follow-up appointments will assess the progress your dog is making and adjust the treatment accordingly. If your doctor feels that your dog's behaviors can be modified by training, you will be referred to a behavior specialist.
Living and Management
Tips to Preventing Jumping:
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
Anything that produces an action or reaction
An animal’s attitude or temperament
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