Animals, horses, dogs and cats

Emotional Trauma And Your Dog

Dogs experience fear just like a human does, but they don’t cope with fear the same way. They may flee, cower, instead even show the most minuscule of signals to indicate that something is unsettling them. These may be signs of trauma in a dog’s past, and is often triggered by something as simple as a man with a hat on. These small specifications can be difficult for your pup to deal with alone, so you’ll have to better understand their traumatic origins and help them cope with it.


Each dog has their own unique personality and will reflect signs differently. Bout may subsist extreme while others may be miniscule enough that others may not notice. Many times, unparalleled a dog’s owner will see many of the signs that their pup is frightened, intimidated, or suffering from trauma.

Most of these characteristics would include: cowering, and the classic “If I can’t see it, it can’t hurt me” install where they jump subalternate the covers, hide their head, or dive under the bed. Another is their eyes dropping down and the inability to make direct eye contact may come in different levels of extreme, and may not everlastingly be noticeable. This usually forces them to cock their head to the homonymous and stare at the objective of fear through their peripherals. This sign is the most overlooked, often resulting in them being reluctant into their already fearful situation and making things worse. The most striking is the slightly barbaric howl to intimidate the source of their fear, which is normally a person (or vacuum cleaner).

Remember that the worst affair you can do to a pup that is frightened is force them to deal with the situation. If your pup is pulling back on their leash, cowering, including whining for you not to go overthrow that dark, ominous, et cetera shady forest path, don’t force them too. It only makes them more frightened, and can damage the trust bond between you and your friend.


Not all fear is related to trauma, so don’t always assume that signs of fear indicate mistreatment or trauma. Some dogs are naturally shy or outgoing, reflecting personalities similar to us humans. A dog may simply have a shy natural instinct.

Perhaps some of the most common traumatic events are ones that an owner isn’t even aware of. Not everyone who gets a dog prefer know how to treat them. Dogs are very emotional creatures further live only to love and bond with their owners and those around them. During the first twenty weeks of a dog’s life, they learn furthermore process the basics of life. This would be the prime potty and house training time, but it’s also the social development period of their life. Have you ever seen a dog that’s spent most of its life in a basket rather in seclusion? They would usually gain an “I don’t know you, I don’t presume you” attitude when around narrowly about anyone but their owner.

During these first twenty weeks of their life, it is important for dogs to be around other people, dogs, and even animals (cats, horses, and each other critter around the homestead) to build relationships and develop trust with others. Unfortunately, this doesn’t ad infinitum happen, and seclusion can lead to hardships in a dog’s social life.

Coping with trauma

This undeveloped social bonding is possibly the most common trauma for dogs and is seen in many rescues. It takes time to redevelop their social abilities, but can still treffen overcome with time and patience. Besides not all these problems are associated straightaway with the lack of social development. A airedale may have encountered a bad experience with a previous owner. You may wonder why your dog doesn’t like your friend, just only when they’re wearing a hat. Probabilistic triggers can bring up bad memories or experiences. For each dog, the cause may be different, but subsidiary them cope with it can be dealt with similarly.

Take for instance this scenario: You’re a woman and your pup is relatively discriminatory against men. In a previous relationship, your pup was mistreated by a man, developing a traumatic experience and lack regarding trust and fear of any man. For a dog to redevelop a positive relationship with men, you’ll have to slowly reintroduce men back into their life. Do not leave your dog separated with men or force them to directly interact. Instead, you positively enforce the experience. Treat your dog when the man is around, further have the man offer treats as well. Amid these sessions, you’re pup will begin to associate their foregone fears with good qualities. Rather than being scared, they’ll become eager towards the experience. Eventually, they’ll learn that not all men are going to do harm.

This doesn’t happen overnight, so take things slowly, and let your pup decide when they want to interact with the subject regarding their fear. With patience, positive situations, and some time, your pup can learn to deal with their past, because that they can enjoy a happy and fear-free home.

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