Sensory deprivation syndrome or "kennel syndrome"

What is "kennel syndrome"?

Permanently feverish, the dog suffering from sensory deprivation syndrome (or "kennel syndrome") does not correctly manage the various stimuli that surround it (sounds, events, people ...). He does not react to situations he encounters in an appropriate way, which can cause phobias, grunting, running away or aggression.


Suffering from a real lack of socialization, this type of dog plays very little, avoids certain surfaces or objects, does not mix with his fellow creatures, eats often in your absence or at night and has great difficulty getting clean.


What is the cause of "kennel syndrome"?

The puppy's socialization period ranges from 6 weeks to 3.5 months.

It is therefore up to the puppy's mother and the dog breeder to put everything in place to help the newborn gain independence. Thus the puppy must very quickly be confronted with all possible situations, all sounds, all possible smells so that these stimuli are recorded in his brain and become negligible quantity thereafter.


Some bitches are unfortunately overprotective and some breeders are not involved enough in the socialization phase.

A good dog breeder must have a playground for puppies, in which they can discover all the materials, all the noises and thus make their experience.


Unfortunately with the proliferation of amateur breeders, battery breeding and puppy imports from eastern countries (sold for € 30 to € 50), this fundamental work of socializing companion animals is completely put aside.


It is therefore the owner's responsibility to choose the origin of his puppy well, to adopt him as young as possible (between 2 and 3 1/2 months) and to work on his socialization very early.


What is the solution to sensory deprivation syndrome?

Before 3 months, the puppy has not yet received his mandatory vaccine booster, so he is in danger and some veterinarians and breeders ask you not to take the dog out… We would be less categorical.


It is essential to take your animal for a walk but not to put it in direct contact with pathogens. We must therefore avoid puddles, gutters, soil, direct contact with animals, etc.


You can for example put your dog in a backpack and walk him to the market, in the street, etc ... and from time to time, put him on a clean place so that he makes contact with the ground, gets used to it. on the leash and defecate.

He will be able to see, hear, smell the street, people, children, other animals without endangering himself.


In milder cases (stage 1 to 2) appropriate behavioral therapy will allow the dog to forget his fears and return to a completely normal life. The help of a regulator dog can be invaluable.


In the most serious cases (stage 3) the sensory deprivation syndrome prevents the dog from all contact and any attempt to exit. It should be treated with the help of a veterinarian. He will prescribe a drug treatment that will provide some relief to the dog and begin behavioral therapy with him.


Contact a Canibest dog behaviorist educator, we are often confronted with these symptoms and together, we will know how to overcome your difficulties and relieve your dog.


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