Socialized conduct disorder, also known as simply a conduct disorder is defined as a condition that is characteristically a persistent pattern of behavior of at least a six month long period or more. Typically, the symptoms begin in childhood and continue on significantly impairing everyday functioning. In human beings this type of behavior could lead to illegal activities and eventually incarceration. Conduct disorder can also lead to mood disorders or antisocial personality traits ranging from mild to moderate to severe.
Dogs that have come from a hateful, dangerous living environment are just like people in that they are loners, yet tend to bully other dogs and people and display their distrust of people and other animals, too. People are the same but carry the disorder to an extreme by displaying a basic lack of regard for all humanity apart from themselves.
While a human has basic common sense, they realize that they are destroying property on purpose, vandalizing or taking on the signs of pyromania; children break toys, put holes in walls, breaks windows. The behaviors continue until the individual is stopped by arrest and prosecution. A dog will tend to be destructive in their living environment; will chew furniture, children’s toys, etc. and all the while knowing full well that what they are doing is not right or good.
When a dog does something that they realize is wrong, or something they will be in trouble for, they will not look you in the eye; in fact, they will look everywhere but at you. In the same respect, people tend to blame other people. They do not like to take responsibility for their own behavior – will repeatedly lie to get themselves out of whatever trouble they are in and act as con-artists as they manipulate their way through life. These people appear rude, arrogant or argumentative. You can tell a dog is suffering from conduct disorder when they tend to “boss” smaller or weaker dogs.
When reading through the data while studying this disorder, the most similarities come in with the aggressive behaviors. Both humans and animals display excessive fighting, intimidation tactics, posing threat or bullying others while threatening violence. Humans just take it to a frightening, unlawful extent.
Those that love the adopted children and animals may have to intervene often, which can pose quite a challenge. The earlier the condition is diagnosed, the better; diagnosing in children or puppies is much better than in adulthood. In order to assist, it is better to develop a meaningful relationship; one of trust and rapport. Positive behavioral patterns are much more productive than angry confrontation or harsh discipline. Structure will help dramatically while swift intervention is extremely helpful and showing both the human child and the puppy/dog their sense of purpose.
For more helpful suggestions, contact your veterinarian. Those that adopt must be patient and kind. I know if I were in their shoes, I would contact Dr. Dane at the Danada Veterinary Hospital located at 10 West Loop Road, Wheaton, IL 60189. Call Dr. Dane, or any other vet on call, at 630-665-6161 today. They are knowledgeable and kind and will help more than you can ever expect they could. Help your adopted pet today!