Kennel syndrome - Repeaters in the school of life

So, you ncute-puppyeed to approach very seriously to the first 5-6 months of puppy's life and give him enough opportunities to adequately use the external world for self-development. When we confine the dog, not allowing it at the right times to know the basic properties of the world, including the risk and anxiety, we seem to leave a puppy, "for the second year" in the school of life.

Subsequently, it can be expressed in a variety of inadequate responses of the dog. For example, neophobia - fear of newness and any changes, extreme manifestation of which is reflected in the fact that the dog feels secured and calm only in some familiar spots, and is immediately lost as soon as it is, literally, in the neighboring yard, frantically frightened of any new items, and takes a very long time to be accustomed with them.

The increasing complexity of the environment for the adult dogs do not have a "therapeutic" effect, since from the early childhood this dog had no opportunity to learn how to respond to the novelty. To any change in the situation the dog is reacting with attacks of fear (and they are always of the same intensity) each time re-learning how to safely react to the frightening situation. There can not be a radical correction of such behavior, because as a result of deprivation, the influence of external stimuli during critical periods of development has not occurred and there did not appear related physiological and anatomical structures and relationships. As a consequence, there are formed a huge gaps in the behavioral programs themselves. It is well known that for some dogs, who grew up in the suburban kennels, it is difficult to adapt to their future life in a noisy and crowded city. Familiar to the city dwellers - people and dogs - sounds, objects, mechanisms, everyday events - are turning for this kind of dogs into a source of a constant anxiety.

To the same effect can lead us the improper upbringing of the puppies in the urban residential kennels. Let's see the results of a zoo-psychological testing, that was conducted at the request of the dog's owner. "In the test: "The situation of a daily walk in the street, in courtyards between the buildings and crossing the roadway when the dog was tested on a leash "- the observed dog, when the owner stopped, started restlessly moving, constantly looking around anxiously. During the motion that dog was strongly pulling the leash, and it was not the desire to quickly reach an interesting object for the dog or to get close to another dog, which is the characteristic features of the behavior of dogs on a leash in the urban surroundings. Rather, it was of the anxiety nature - a strong desire to pass quickly some frightening or unpleasant territory or situation. This behavior was observed during the whole way to the park (20 minutes). Tested dog did not make any attempts to explore the place of urinary marks, left by the other dogs. The observed dog almost completely  did not perform a comfortable walking behavior - it showed the signs of constant vigilance and a strong inner tension". It is clear from the description, that the dog was missing almost whole blocks of a normal, typical dog's behavior - a survey of the territory, searching, and sniffing odor marks. Familiar place and mundane events became a reason for the constant unprovoked anxiety. These dogs most likely will be too reserved with any guests coming to visit the owner and even be afraid of a very prosaic sounds, such as the sound of a teaspoon in a glass. This is especially frustrating for those owners who, believing in advertising, purchased a dog to guard the house.