Can't be more pleased how he's turned out. We are now nearing completion of our advance obedience training and Guinness is doing very well. He has such an amazing personality. I've never met another dog who can't wait to meet new people and other dogs.
Advice What is Jumpy? Your dog may be jumpy for various reasons; observing your dog will help you to determine the cause of his jumpiness. If this is a new behavior for him and it does not relent, consult your veterinarian for advice.
He may be jumpy due to the following: Environmental causes Stress and anxiety Pain Upon gaining an understanding of why your dog is jumpy, you can work with him to minimize this reaction in him. Book First Walk Free! Why Jumpy Occurs in Dogs Your dog may be jumpy for the following reasons: Environmental Causes These are things outside of your dog that can lead to his being jumpy.
For example, the doorbell, vacuum cleaner or another loud noise can lead to jumpiness in your dog. He may feel startled as a result of those sounds. Hearing and Vision Impairment If your dog is having trouble with his vision or hearing, he may not notice that a person or another animal is coming near him and he may become surprised.
In particular, as your pet adjusts to the change in these important senses, he may experience a nervousness not typical to his personality.
There are things that you can do to help your dog be more aware of your approaching him.
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If your canine is used to having companionship and the household changes, he may be jumpy as he adjusts to the differences. Anxiety due to changes or due to illness can also bring on less relaxed behavior.
Pain Your dog may be experiencing dental pain, pain from a growth or from an injury that could cause him to jump as the pain hits. A veterinary consult can shed some light on discomfort that may not be evident to you but that is causing your pet to be uncomfortable.
What to do if your Dog is Jumpy Upon noticing that your dog is jumpy, you will want to observe when the behavior occurs. For example, in the case of the doorbell resulting in his jumpiness, you can put his leash on and have someone else ring your doorbell.
Should he respond by being jumpy, it is best to ignore him.
This will help him relax in response to the sound, as he will see that you are not reacting to the noise. If your dog is repeatedly exposed to particular sounds it will help him become desensitized to it.
You can also reward him when he does not react to the sound. For example, if he remains calm when the doorbell rings, give him a treat. This will create a connection that when the doorbell rings it leads to positive things.
If his vision or hearing is impaired, he will not be aware that people are coming toward him which can cause him to be more easily startled. It can be challenging to determine if your dog is experiencing hearing loss in one ear or if the hearing loss is not complete.
You can try testing with soft sounds close to each ear and gauging his response. Your veterinarian will be able to help you to determine if your dog is having trouble seeing or hearing.
Hearing tests can be conducted and the ear canal will be examined. X-rays may be taken to gain an understanding of why your dog is experiencing issues with his hearing. If vision loss is suspected your veterinarian will conduct an ophthalmic examination which will help to determine if your dog has experienced vision loss, the extent of the loss and the reason it is occurring.
Should it be determined that your dog is experiencing hearing or vision loss, it is best to come up to him slowly and with your footsteps heavy. This will give him a better opportunity to hear you coming and he may feel the vibrations on the floor from your footsteps.
Knowing that you are coming will help to minimize his anxiety. Jumpiness brought on by other sources of stress and anxiety may take more time to pinpoint.
A careful observation of your dog and a recollection of recent household changes may indicate the reason for the jumpiness. In addition, if your pet has other symptoms like refusal to eat or lack of interest in exercise or outings, the veterinarian can evaluate him for dental pain, arthritis, or injury.
Prevention of Jumpy It is always important to feed your dog a well-rounded diet and ensure that he receives plenty of exercise.It's amazing what he can get these dogs to do.
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