Does my dog have PTSD?

Does my dog have PTSD?

Apr 30 , 2021

How to Tell If Your Dog Has PTSD
If you rescued a dog for an animal shelter, it can take some time for your pet to get used to its environment. Some canines come from a bad past and may experience PTSD symptoms preventing them from trusting you.

There are certain symptoms a canine may experience if they have post-traumatic stress disorder which includes avoiding certain people. If your pet has been abused by a male or female in the past, they may avoid a male or female as they have the constant reminder of that sex hurting them.

Your canine may also avoid certain places, especially if they were rescued from those places. For example: If your canine was tied to a small dog house and was rescued from this area, they may avoid small enclosed areas.

Some animals if left alone for an extended period of time may not want to be left alone as their previous owner left them alone for a long time. Unfortunately, this symptom may not always exhibit in the animal at the time of adoption. Signs of separation anxiety include barking and howling a lot, shivering, running away or cowering in the corner of a home, destroying furniture, and escaping a yard. Some canines may even show self-harm tendencies such as licking and chewing on their legs.

Animals that have post-traumatic stress disorder may also be aggressive. If the animal has been abused before such as hitting, slapping, or kicking, the canine may try biting, jumping, or lunging at you if you try to pet them because they have the constant fear of being hit.

The adjustment process with a canine that has PTSD can take time. Taking is slow and steady can help ease your pet into their home and make them trust you more. If your canine is having trouble adjusting to its new home, it may be beneficial to get assistance from a veterinarian or canine behavior specialist.