Pain in dogs is a very common underlying cause for aggression and is commonly NOT a reason that is often considered.
Have you ever had a really bad headache that has lasted for a few days? If you have, you may remember how irritable you were and how many small things would aggravate you. For example, a slamming door with a headache is much worse than a regular slamming door. You may also not want to be touched near your head or your neck.
Dogs cannot verbally express pain, unless the pain is fairly severe. They will demonstrate in other fashions, such as avoiding being touched, growling when touched, snapping or growling at the other dogs in the house, or avoiding activities that hurt.
There are so many aspects we can look at to help your dog get out of pain, enjoy life, and live the best quality of life.
Check out the link to a great conversation with Michael Shikashio and Dr. Deb with this link: https://backtracks.fm/discover/s/the-bitey-end-of-the-dog/d2816d4bb8a80cce/e/dr-debbie-torraca/2c21ac690c162e17
We discuss a number of very interesting topics that should stir up some conversation in the dog training community.
We also talk about the behaviors to look for when a dog is in pain; the impact of different training tools on a dog’s structure; and what activities we might commonly see dog trainers engage in that can be detrimental to a dog’s overall health.
You can also catch Dr. Deb and other experts at this conference: https://thelooseleashacademy.com/conference
If you would like to schedule a virtual consult with your dog, be sure to click on the link and take the step to improve your life and your dog’s life!