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There are many reasons why a dog can be aggressive or fearful. We wanted to focus on some medical reasons in this post to help you out.
Please know that we are NOT medical professionals so we always advise that you consult with your veterinarian.
1.) Thyroid issues can cause huge problems in behavior. A dog can get moody and anxious if their thyroid isn’t balanced.
Many veterinarians just make sure that thyroid issues are within the correct range and are not clinical.
However, dogs that are low in numbers and do NOT have clinical signs of thyroid signs have benefited had significant behavioral problems as a result of low thyroid.
Thyroid medication helped them greatly. Many vets only look at T4. When checking thyroid you will want a full thyroid panel.
2.) Food sensitivities. A dog that has food sensitivities can also be moody. Check out NutriScan.
This is very different from food allergies as many skin testings are not accurate. Salt Lake City dog trainers are not experts on giving this test but Dr. Jeans Dodds is an expert on this.
3.) Pain. Any dog that is in pain can be reactive. This can be due to arthritis or some other imbalance. Make sure your dog is medically checked out and treated for pain.
4.) Generalized anxiety. A dog that is anxious often may benefit from L-Theanine. Again I am not a medical professional so talk to your veterinarian first.
If you need stronger medication then having your vet consult with professional veterinarian behaviorist is a good idea.
Johanna Teresi, Salt Lake City Dog Trainer, Four Legged Scholars LLC, Salt Lake City Dog Trainers