While some animals are easy to read and are clear about what they want or why they are behaving a certain way, most of the time us humans just have to guess. It is an educated guess based on what has recently happened or if there is something that is clearly bothering them. But sometimes it just doesn’t make any sense. We can go back and forth with suggestions and possibilities of why they are behaving in a certain way. And we always come back to the same conclusion… “I really wish they could just tell us what they are thinking.”
There have been many times that an animal, whether it is my pet dog or the animals at work, is acting just a little off. It could be aggression, becoming lethargic, or even just becoming scared of something that previously they had no trouble with. A lot of the times we assume that these changes are simply a “personality” change. But the truth is there is always a reason that behavior has changed. It doesn’t have to be a negative reason but there is always something.
It is hard for us to sit back and look at the big picture of things. To think back to what has changed doesn’t sound like a hard task but when you have to do it from another species point of view it makes it a little challenging. You need to think about their health and environmental changes. What could have happened to make them respond this way?Don’t get frustrated, just take a deep breath and say…. “If only they could just say it.”