As a dog owner, you are accustomed to seeing your dog jump onto the couch for whichever reason. Sometimes he may resort to other furniture in the house. In such a case, you may have to restrain him from advancing the behavior.
In a general sense, though, jumping is an everyday phenomenon in dogs through which they convey their feelings. At the same time, it is through such activities that they get to eliminate their excess energy. For this reason, you may raise eyebrows when your furry friend stops jumping.
Several aspects may cause your dog to stop jumping. Therefore, it is left to you to make the necessary follow-ups to get to the problem’s genesis. If your canine is neither sick nor injured, it could be that he has developed some phobia. Let us now explore the various factors deeply.
An injury experienced, especially on the rear legs, back, or hip, may cause a lot of pain in your dog. Muscle pain can also prevent your canine from having his jumps. Such injuries may result from trauma or other activities.
You may wake up one day with a terrible backache. The cause of it might be poor sleeping posture. Similarly, dogs also can experience non- trauma-related pains. To ascertain this, you may notice your pooch growling or crying whenever you pet him in particular areas. A thorough examination from your vet will even provide better help. Smaller breeds like the Chihuahua and Pomeranians are more susceptible to injuries.
Is your dog elderly? If so, then that may explain the situation. As dogs advance in age, they cannot keep up with some activities they were doing comfortably while young. With age, their joints and bones get weaker, and some have arthritis.
Arthritis is due to inflammation of joints because of worn-out cartilage. Stress or injury can weaken cartilages causing bones to rub against each other. The result may be stiffness of joints, pain upon contact, increased weight, and lethargy.
Apart from receiving treatment from your vet, you can incorporate some anti-inflammatories into his diet. Turmeric is one of such nature’s agents, which may prove helpful. German Shepherds and Labradors are some of the breeds that are susceptible to arthritis.
Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
The spinal cord has its bones interlocked with vertebral discs. Thus, the discs can degenerate, causing the vertebrae to bulge, pressing on the spinal cord and nerves. The result thereof will be excruciating back pain.
This occurrence may damage nerves and even cause paralysis. In such a case, you will notice that your dog walks abnormally, has a hunched back, and poor appetite. Your vet is always there to offer the necessary treatment. If you own a Dachshunds, German Shepherd, and Shi Tzu, then you need to watch out for them. It would be best to prevent this disease since they are more prone to getting it.
Is your dog overweight or filled with improper nutrition? You may be inviting some problems. Depending on the kind of food given, your pooch may grow at a high rate. Try to picture children fed on junk food. They are well-bodied, but this does not mean they are healthy.
The factors highlighted above are primary in developing hip hyperplasia. This condition comes about when the hip’s ball and socket joint do not fit perfectly or have not matured properly. Depending on how you keep your dog, he may get this condition as all breeds are in danger of having it.
Other factors can also come into play, preventing your dog from having his jumps. Smaller breeds like the Chihuahua have patella luxation. This is a condition whereby the patella keeps on shifting in position. It thus renders them unstable.
Canines develop associations, whether positive or negative. If he attempted to jump and fell off on an unfortunate occasion, he might prefer to keep off. Simultaneously, if something stirred him while about to jump, he may develop a negative connotation to it. As such, he may shun it.
How to Restore Your Dog’s Confidence
We’ve already established that it is not wrong for dogs to jump on couches. However, it is unacceptable if he does it inappropriately by extending his jumps to other furniture pieces at home. In such a scenario, discipline is paramount.
Helping your furry friend to overcome the jumping phobia is essential. If he has no injury to prevent him from doing so, you can progressively lead him back to it. You can start by ensuring that the floor is safe for him. That means, if it is slippery, then you can address that. Remember to reward him for every advancement.
When your rove no longer jumps, it is vital to take him to your vet. He will conduct a thorough examination and recommend a treatment program as he deems fit. You will therefore set worry aside since the case will be in safe hands. However, if your pooch is unable to jump even after treatment, you can consider getting him a ramp to help him climb up and down the couch.