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For example, if the emotional bond with their mother is not transferred seamlessly to the new owner, it can lay the ground for separation anxiety. While the condition affects about 15% of the 83 million dogs in the U.S., a study in Britain found that 80% of dogs left alone have increases in cortisol. In truth, the majority of pets experience stress — some to the point of diagnosable separation anxiety. Dr. Ward: How should rescued or adopted adult pets be socialized? Dr. Dodman: I tend to be more on the fire engine side of this — when things have gone wrong, they come to me. If an adopted dog has missed the window of socialization, or has had adverse experiences and now mistrusts people, we can’t really reverse that. Exercise, a sensible diet, very clear communication and leadership, behavior adjustment training and sometimes anti-anxiety medication can often produce an improvement, but we’re trying to patch up something that is broken. You’ll never completely erase experiences that took place during that formative time. Dr. Ward: What are the most unusual cases you’ve seen? Dr. Dodman: We recently did an MRI study on 16 Doberman Pinchers who had a breed-specific condition most common cases behaviorists see Aggression CAUSED BY Conflict a pet ends up in conflict with his owner or another pet over food, toys, family members CAUSED BY Fear outwardly directed toward strangers, possibly with a territorial aspect CAUSED BY Pain a medical condition causing a pet pain can increase his anxiety, leading to lash-outs Anxiety Dr. Dodman discussed illustrating the anxiety spectrum of disorders as a triangle, with each corner representing a different type. 1 2 3 First corner anxiety stimulated by animate cues: people or other pets, etc. Second corner stimulated by inanimate cues, epitomized by noise phobias Third corner situation fear, epitomized by separation anxiety Midle of the triangle all other forms of anxiety In most cases, we see two points of the triangle in the same pet, with overlap — sometimes we see all three corners, and that’s called generalized anxiety disorder.


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