Behavioural problems in dogs are often a result of stress during early development. Puppies are also most vulnerable to stress during the socialisation period of development. Research has shown that the environment provided by many private and commercial dog breeders can be stressful and overlaps with the most sensitive periods of behavioural development. Main stressors include confined living, inadequate socialisation, and early weaning. And the adverse effects of stress include a short attention span, anxiety, fear, and aggression. Here are some things you can do, to manage these early-life stresses.
Anxiety manifests in a variety of behaviours - some of which may be a surprise. We explain a range of the behaviours here and also outline the link with stress and the health impact.
Dogs are commonly treated with either training interventions or medicines, but research shows that an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant supplement was found to reduce both clinical and behavioural symptoms after 10 days.