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1 month ago

You Silly Dog, LLC

I can relate to this, can’t you? Dogs are no different! Let’s pay attention to our buddies and avoid or intervene to prevent them from getting overwhelmed! (My husband does a good job talking me off the ledge when I’m getting triggered. 😂 )

#ysdlearnTRIGGER STACKING – WHEN BEHAVIOUR HAPPENS “OUT OF THE BLUE”
We’ve all had those days when nothing seems to go right and one negative thing after another happens, leaving us feeling wound up, stressed and ready to explode at the next unsuspecting person who asks us something. This “unsuspecting” person may even think we have an anger management or behaviour problem when the truth is that we’ve just had a really bad day and don’t usually behave like this.
Dogs are no different and a behaviour that seems completely out of character or happens “out of the blue” is often due to “trigger stacking”. A trigger may be anything that increases a dog’s stress levels and has a negative impact on their emotional/mental or physical state. These may be small things that seem insignificant to us, but are adding to an increasing “stack” of things that may end in a “trigger”. When stress levels reach a certain point, the next stressful event, however small, may cause a reaction that is completely unexpected.
Instead of focusing on a particular behaviour and seeing it as a problem that needs to be stopped, take a step backwards, look at the bigger picture, look at events, circumstances or environmental factors that may have played a role in causing that behaviour.
Being aware of potential stressors and allowing your dog time to relax, unwind and decompress can often make all the difference between “normal behaviour” and a behaviour that seems completely out of character.
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I can relate to this, can’t you? Dogs are no different! Let’s pay attention to our buddies and avoid or intervene to prevent them from getting overwhelmed! (My husband does a good job talking me off the ledge when I’m getting triggered. 😂 )

#ysdlearn
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