HS-HA syndrome in dogs

The hypersensitivity-hyperactivity of the dog is a developmental disorder at the origin of behaviors very embarrassing for the master and very disabling for the dog. Which and how to fix it?

How is the dog’s Hs-Ha syndrome manifested?

Dog hypersensitivity-hyperactivity syndrome is characterized by behaviors that can be particularly distressing for the owner of the animal.

The dog Hs-Ha:

  •  rises very quickly in excitement especially during game sessions. The dog then quickly shows signs of excitement such as dilated pupils, barking, jumps, gasps, frantic runs … And, if the rise in excitement happens very quickly, the return to calm does not come spontaneously and may be slow to happen.

Warning !

Hs-Ha dogs should not be confused with insufficiently spent dogs due to lack of walking time. A dog that is not walked enough shows signs of excitement and has trouble channeling its overflowing energy because there is no way to spend it. It is generally enough to offer this dog longer walking and playing times to successfully calm him down. To successfully channel an Hs-Ha dog, it is necessary to undertake behavioral therapy associated with drug treatment with professionals of canine behavior.

  •  also does not manage to control himself physically and can show himself is very abrupt, jostling everyone bluntly and overturning everything in its path like a real tornado.
  •  has a need for oral exploration of his permanent environment. He then takes it all in his face: his toys which he very quickly reduces to pieces but also objects, sofa cushions and even corners of walls! The dog Hs-Ha is thus often destructive whether in the presence or in the absence of these masters. Due to this exacerbated oral activity, the dog also tends to nibble on the hands, arms, pantyhose and can hurt unintentionally,
  •  is bulimic: he is always hungry because he never feels full (stage 2). The dog can then swallow anything and everything, including inedible items and steal food,
  •  is always in hypervigilance and never “arises”. The dog Hs-Ha sleeps very little besides (especially during Hs-Ha of stage 2) and never seems to feel the least tiredness,
  •  suffers from a lack of attention and concentration, which makes any learning process much longer and difficult (but not impossible!). For these reasons, Hs-Ha dogs can be messy and find it difficult to obey basic guidelines,
  •  is more emotionally vulnerable than other dogs. He may then develop anxiety, fears or suffer from depression,
  •  may have obsessive-compulsive disorder such as dizzy spells,
  •  struggles to cope with frustration, which can lead to disobedience, aggression, and massive destruction and continuous barking when left alone.

Dogs who suffer from HS-HA syndrome are dogs that put their owners’ nerves to the test. But it should be known that the dog reached of this disorder also suffers from it all the more since this syndrome leads to the deterioration of the relations with its owners and the risk, if no work is engaged, is then to see the animal become anxious, aggressive, being rejected and abandoned by his adopted family.

  Good to know !

There are two stages in the dog’s Hs-Ha syndrome:

stage 1 is the most moderate stage. The dog retains a feeling of satiety and normal periods of sleep.

 stage 2 is the most serious stage. The dog then becomes bulimic and sleeps less than 8 hours per 24 hours.

What are the causes of hyperactivity-hypersensitivity in dogs?

The hypersensitivity-hyperactivity syndrome of the dog is a developmental disorder which results from a failure to mother the dog before his two months. In other words, the Hs-Ha dog is a dog:

  •  who was separated from his mother before his 2 months,
  •  or whose mother was unable to properly care for her young due to too large a litter,
  •  or whose mother is immature, unable to take care of her young due to a health problem or suffers from a developmental disorder herself.

The role of the mother before the two months of a puppy is crucial because it is she who intervenes when the little ones play together and excite each other in order to calm them. When a puppy bites a member of his siblings and hurts him, the latter emits a squeak which alerts the mother. She then intervenes to stop the biting puppy by submitting it. She thus teaches her little ones what is called “inhibited bite”. This learning is essential to teach the puppy to control his jaw and more generally to control all his motor behaviors in adulthood.

The mother also offers her puppies the opportunity to explore their environment in a serene way by playing the role of a reassuring and reassuring pillar with which the young animal can take refuge after each new discovery. If the mother cannot assume this role, this results in a defect in the sensory filters of the young animal, at the origin of its future hypersensitivity.

Hs-Ha disorder can also occur in puppies who are alone in the litter because the mother will not have had many opportunities to teach her the inhibited bite due to the lack of interactions with other puppies. Likewise, the “unique” puppy will have been less physically and sensually stimulated.

Hs-Ha syndrome in dogs: what can we do?

An Hs-Ha dog behaves like a puppy … while it has the body and musculature of an adult dog which – you will agree – can cause some problems in a large dog. In addition, living with an Hs-Ha dog can be very tiring – or even dangerous – for all members of the family and especially if the family has children.

Fortunately, it is possible for owners of an Hs-Ha dog to better manage their dog by implementing adapted behavior therapy with the help of a canine behavior professional ( behavioral veterinarian and / or serious behavioral canine educator and experimented). However, due to the learning and concentration difficulties suffered by dogs suffering from this syndrome, behavioral therapy must necessarily be accompanied by drug treatment whose objective is to better regulate the functioning of the animal’s neurons and thus help behavioral work undertaken in parallel.