It's Probably Not A Behaviour Problem
Updated: May 16
Behaviors are the way dogs communicate with us about their emotional, mental, and physical needs. They are simply symptoms that clue us in to the dogs’ underlying welfare. When we consider what the dog is telling us by looking carefully at all of these areas of their life, we can then support them by making adjustments to the environment, using management where needed, and address any physical concerns.
I look at your dog holistically to determine where he might have physical discomfort, emotional distress, or mental frustration. For example, is his posture balanced, or is he leaning forward? Leaning forward could be a sign that he is sore in his back end. Is his tail tight and tucked, and his ears pinned back? These could be signs that he is concerned, and does not feel safe. Is he barking or pacing a lot? This could be a sign that he is frustrated about certain things in his life.
From there, I offer support for them physically, emotionally, and mentally through Tellington TTouch bodywork and free groundwork, Applied Zoopharmacognosy, and many other various methods I have studied.