Change

Change

Have you recently changed jobs or even moved?  Maybe you introduced a new pet or family member to your home.  Did you know that dogs deal with stress in many different ways?

At Denver Dog Works we get many inquiries regarding dogs who are displaying destructive behaviors who wouldn’t normally be behaving in these ways.  We get complaints from urinating and defecating indoors, excessive barking, jumping, getting into things they normally wouldn’t, and the list goes on and on.  The dogs are reported as being aggressive.  With a few investigative questions we determine that the dog has not become aggressive at all.  On the contrary, the dog is dealing with too much stress, lack of exercise to deal with the stress and therefore becomes destructive.

If you are planning a change in your life we recommend taking part in some obedience classes or Canine Good Citizen classes.  It will keep the relationship you have with your dog solid and will give him a great way to deal with the stresses about to occur.

Dogs don’t deal with change well.  If at all possible take your dog for short visits to your new home prior to moving.  Get your dog used to a new job routine by changing his routine slowly.

Consult with a behaviorist who can recommend some exercises to help your dog deal with changes better.

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Michele Forto is the Denver Dog Training Examiner, the owner of Denver Dog Works and the co-host of the popular, Dog Doctor Radio Show.

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