Life has a way of throwing us a curve ball. What you may have thought your life was going to look like out in front of you can change drastically in a heartbeat. Change can come in the form of small uneventful moments or monumentally huge transitions. The same can happen to our dogs.
One moment can change everything; and depending on the dog and their age time frame will factor in the lingering effects. When we see changes in our dog's behavior; it can difficult at times to know what has happened. We stand pondering and pondering. What happened? Sometimes we can figure it out, other time not. So what do we do? We live in the moment, deal with what is in front of us.
The first thing you may want to do is get some help. It is amazing how many people will not reach out to someone in the know. A little advice can go a long way in helping you dog to get over an unexpected behavior change. Sometimes it takes someone on the outside who is very experienced in dog behavior to have a look and figure it out.
If you hire someone to help you; make sure that the behavior specialist listens. Yes, listens to you. I hate when I go see a specialist of any sort who doesn't listen to me. Listening to the person you are trying to help only helps with the diagnosis so if they don't listen, move on to the next.
This is one reason I love my online consults so much, I have to rely on the guardian to help with me what's going on. This means asking the right questions to get to the bottom of the it all. It is amazing how many times how just the right question will be all that is needed to draw up a positive and corrective plan of attack. Listening.
Things can change in life and we have no choice but to deal with that change. But we can help our situation by hiring help. After all it is a human world that our dogs live in so we humans need to assist them.