I know this article isn’t really a training article, but I thought it would still be helpful.
Lately, with the release of a very nice anti-inflammatory/pain medication (called Rimadyl), people have been wondering if the drug would be appropriate for their dog. I have had calls from owners saying "My dog is favoring his hind end, but he doesn’t seem to be in pain. I wonder if this Rimadyl is something I should try for him?"
Think about us as humans…Many of us suffer from arthritis, or lower back pain, or frequent headaches. Unless the pain is sharp and sudden, you wouldn’t know that the person next to you on the bus is was even in pain! This is the same for dogs!
I guess this is where behavior and training can be
a part of this article…
Say you have an older dog (sometimes this can pertain to dogs of any age), and your dog snaps at you for no reason. This behavior has never happened in the past. Have your veterinarian first look for any physical cause and then for a mental or training problem. Growling/snapping because you touch his side may mean pain there (it may also mean "Don’t touch me there!") .
Dogs cannot tell us when they feel poorly - in words at
All of the following can indicate pain:
Remember, more often than not, you will not see your dog cry out or verbally express himself when he is in pain! You need to watch for the signs.
Pam Young, LVT
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