Reactive dogs, we all know one. The one who hates it when company comes over. The one who snarls at children and other dogs. The one who has lived in the local humane society for far too long. Maybe you adopted one! While your reactive dog may never be thrilled to meet new people or try new things, there’s things you can do to help them cope with unnerving situations. First, you have to understand why they’re reactive.
It’s important to realize that the term ‘reactive’ doesn’t always mean aggressive. Instead, it’s when a dog has an abnormal or over-the-top reaction to certain situations that trigger the amygdala, the part of the brain that controls the ‘fight or flight’ response. Reactivity can certainly include aggression but also stems into extreme hyperactivity, resource guarding and inability to be controlled.
We’ve all been there before. You walk through the door to find your dog munching on the dirty laundry. The toilet paper has a chunk missing and your new running shoes are missing their laces. So, what gives? How is it that non-edible items always find a way into your pup’s mouth? The nibbling habits of some dogs are problematic both to your wallet and to their digestive systems, so why do they keep doing it? The reasons are endless but there are a few common reasons that your doggo has an appetite for such strange items.