Displacement is one of those things that gets overlooked a lot in dog behavior, and yet, it’s a really effective way of moderating our dogs!
Displacement behaviors are something that anxious dogs will offer a lot more than the average dog, they’re silent conversations that only great dog owners pay attention to and are a reflection of the dog and what they’re feeling.
A dog’s behaviour is kind of programmed in from genetic predisposition and then practised from a young age.
What are displacement behaviors?
They are an insight into your dog’s mind, and performance of a displacement behavior is a gentle way of saying “I’m uncomfortable”. They may be similar ways of communication to stress, and even some steps on the ladder of aggression, but these behaviours (in the right context) demonstrate your dog’s desire to deflect the attention from them and onto something else, or literally just