"Dakota didn't like being left alone"
love our dogs, but sometimes
they just drive us nuts with some of their more "personable"
qualities. Nearly every dog owner has had, at one time or
another, behaviour problems to deal with. These problems can
range from housebreaking to separation anxiety, or they can be more
threatening issues like aggression or jumping on children.
For more information on aggression click here.
behaviour problems have
solutions other than just ignoring them and hoping they will go
away. Some solutions are more difficult to implement than
others, but as long as the owner is consistent and patient there can be
significant progress. It does not matter how old the dog is,
the behaviour problems can be cured!
are many books and trainers
out there that advocate exercise and medication as the best solutions
to cure behaviour problems. Medication should ONLY
be used as a last resort and under direct veterinarian
supervision. For example, rehabilitation for aggression
issues can sometimes take a few months, but rather than go through the
work necessary to make an aggressive dog a happy dog, some owners turn
to medication as an easy "way out." Medications have side
effects, and often if you take the dog off the drug, the initial issues
get worse for a short time as the dog goes through
withdrawal. Exercise is essential in having a well-behaved,
manageable dog; however it is often not a direct cure. It is
just a small part of the solution.
example of medication
prescribed for aggression, moodiness or separation anxiety is Clomicalm
(Clomipramine hydrocloride). The following is an excerpt of
the drug's FAQ. This drug is one of the more popular ones
prescribed to "troubled" dogs. Note the number and severity
of the side effects:
does the medication
veterinarian will prescribe a
medication called CLOMICALMŪ (clomipramine hydrochloride). This helps
relieve your pet's anxiety and makes it easier for him or her to learn
new, positive behaviors. CLOMICALM Tablets have been proven safe in
clinical and laboratory studies. They've been approved by the FDA,*
which means they meet similar tough standards to those required for
human medications. The following adverse reactions
have been reported: lethargy/depression, elevation in liver enzymes,
vomiting, diarrhea, and increased thirst. For full product information,
see product label.
* NADA #141-120, Approved by FDA.
soon will I see
should notice an improvement
within a month or less. CLOMICALMŪ (clomipramine hydrochloride) Tablets
have been proven safe in clinical and laboratory studies. They've been
approved by the FDA*, which means they meet tough standards similar to
those required for human medications.
following adverse reactions have been reported: lethargy/depression,
elevation in liver enzymes, vomiting, diarrhea, and increased thirst.
For full product information, see product label.
*NADA #141-120, Approved by FDA."
*Source is Clomicalm's official website
I know I could learn better
if I was lethargic, vomiting and had diarrhea. Pretty bad
when the list of side effects is just as long as the product's
description. Every drug has side
you are having one problem or
many, they can all normally be addressed in one or two
lessons. If part of the solution is to have some obedience
training, as it normally is for aggression issues, the obedience is
done in conjunction with anything else that needs done. If
you are having a problem, big or small contact Dan.
Problems?? Please read this article: Aggression
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