I’ve come to a realisation that my Dobermann isn’t a happy dog. Not because he’s just been castrated but because he is just an unhappy dog.
Fear and anxiety make him unhappy. It’s common to see him with a waggly tail, but also very common for his tail to be tucked between his legs and his hung low. It’s sad to see. He is so unhappy he becomes aggressive. I’d never really clicked on before. Obviously I knew he wasn’t perfect but I didn’t know he just wasn’t happy!
I need to try change this. Much like the way my T helps with my fears and anxiety. I have been doing some reading, and am awaiting a new book to come in the post. It’s called behaviour adjustment training. It’s meant to be a good read. Hopefully it will have some good information to help us spot signs with our dog.
I never realised how new things or things out of the ordinary made him nervous but they do. If people visit that don’t usually he plays up. Or if we move things round, he plays up. He doesn’t like changes it makes him fearful.
I have no idea why. He even gets nervous at being stroked. It’s strange. We’ve had him since he was a little puppy. He’s never been bad done to. Never been abused or neglected. So it must be his genetics.
Now we just need to figure out how to show him he is safe! It is going to be hard but I want my dog to be happy. If he’s happy my other dog will be happier.
Had anyone got experience withfear aggression in dogs, or can point me to some useful resources? They’d be much appreciated.
I’m going to try sleep now, dog on my mind. Listening to said dog snore. (He’s been in our bed since his op) night.