How to Solve Behavioral Problems in Your Dog
Mick Jagger is probably not the first person to come to mind when talking dog ownership. But the rock and roll legend (and British knight) has been known to keep a menagerie of pets, including chocolate Labrador retrievers named Bonnie and Clyde. What rock stars and all dog lovers share is a desire to keep their pets happy.
Behavioral problems caused by stress, trauma or emotional issues can take a toll on that relationship and leave both dog and owner looking for a savior.
10 Most Common Behavioral Problems in Dogs
Animal care professionals, like Jenna Stregowski, RVT, a dog advice columnist for about.com, say the most common canine behavioral problems are:
- Separation anxiety
- Inappropriate elimination
Many of these behaviors aren't just superficial naughtiness, but trace their origins to deeper-rooted causes, including fear or defensiveness, protection of property, dominance assertion, anxiety, curiosity, boredom and/or excess energy.
What are Flower Essences?
Flower essences can offer the emotional rescue these issues need, not only for pet Pekinese, but other large and small animals and exotics, too. The liquid plant preparations are made by infusing fresh flower blossoms under very specific conditions. Such infusions have historically been used to balance and harmonize emotional, psychological and spiritual states.
“If someone had asked me 15 years ago if I thought a flower essence could work for dogs, I would have said, ‘Of course not, how could it,’” says Stacey Small, founder of Botanical Animal Flower Essences and a dog owner. “But I have personally used herbal remedies, so I decided that these flower blends might have validity and purpose for pets, too. I challenged myself to stay open-minded. My experience with flower essences was a crash course in having faith in the flowers that can heal us, and our animals. Since then, I have seen countless success stories with pet’s given essences.”
Issue Specific Blends Address Pet Behavior and Emotional Problems
A broad selection of issue-specific blends are specially formulated to deal with a different problem behavior. Some of the most popular blends offered are:
- In Training: improves focus and patience
- Life's Changes: moving into a new home or after the loss of a house or herd mate
- Independence: assists with separation anxiety
- Clear Thinking: focuses easily distracted animals
- Angel of Mercy: support for animals rescued from neglect or abuse
Essences are easy to administer and, if you show your animal, they are safe to use during competition without conflicting with other protocols or regulations. They may be administered orally, in drinking water or sprayed as a light mist on paws, nose or mouth.
“The only time flower essences fail is if we guess wrong as to what the root cause of the issue is,” adds Small. “If we think the problem is fear-based and use a remedy geared toward allaying fear, and it turns out to be an anger issue, the fear remedy will not work. I ask everyone to have patience. Take your time defining the problems you are trying to address, and get clear on what the root causes may be. Essences are not animal-specific, but issue-specific.”