Getting Started Week 36 - Starting a Behavioral Diary
If your puppy begins to show new unwanted behaviors such as outbursts of
aggression or excessive barking, the first step is to start a behavioral diary.
You will need to begin paying close
attention to your pup's body language and noting what you
observe. The Diary
is the place you write down each incident. Pay close attention to and
write down the triggers and markers involved in the incident.
What are triggers? Triggers
are anything that occurs just prior to unwanted behaviors. Use the
behavioral diary to make quick notes on what happens just prior to episodes of unwanted behavior.
What are markers?
Your puppy will show you with body language
how he or she reacts or responds to a "Trigger". For example, when the dog sees a cat
the dog's (markers) eyes dilate, lip curls up, teeth are bared, ears come
forward, fur on the back and tail goes up - all signs of
Keeping a diary will help you predict and prevent your dog's unwanted
behaviors. You will learn how to better
identify anxiety, agitation, aggression, relaxation, contentment
by watching your dog's body language. If you decide to consult
with a veterinary behaviorist, your behavioral diary will provide
valuable information for evaluation.
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