What is Trigger Stacking in Dogs?
Ever had one of those days when nothing seems to go right?
The same thing can happen in dogs. It's called trigger stacking, and could be a response to a day of non-stop triggers and stress.
Common triggers for many dogs include other dogs, traffic, car rides, being introduced to kids, physical pain or being in a new environment.
one trigger may not be too much for the dog to withstand, but after having been exposed to too many, it can push the dog past their tolerance threshold.
If there's one surefire way to spot trigger stacking in dogs, it's by learning to recognize and read their body language.
The body language your dog displays will likely reflect their fight-flight-freeze response.
Preventing triggers from stacking up will require some awareness of what your dog becomes triggered by.
It May be helpful to make a list of known triggers to your dog, like busy sidewalks, loud noises, etc, that he may be sensitive to.
Avoiding those situations, especially if your dog has been exposed to other triggers, can prevent stacking.
Positive reinforcement dog training can also help your dog develop a new relationship with some of their triggers.
watch out for stressors to prevent your dog from encountering more in the next 24 hours to avoid possible outbursts from your dog.
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