June 24th, 2011
|Behavior problems like house soiling, aggression, and even hyperactivity often have medical contributing factors. Poor diet can contribute to heightened stress, disinterest in food as reinforcement in training, over-arousal, effect serotonin re-uptake, not to mention contributing to health problems. Pain is a frequent cause of aggression: if your dog is suffering from intense arthritis, she may be more likely to snap at or even bite a child who accidentally tramples a paw. When seeking assistance for a behavior problem, your trainer will likely work closely with your veterinarian – behavioral and physical wellness are intertwined!
Casey Lomonaco owns Rewarding Behaviors Dog Training in Binghamton, NY.