Some dogs are fond of chasing bees whenever they see them, while some even try to eat them and end up being stung.
It is not such a good scene to see your dog looking swollen because of a bee sting.
Unfortunately, some dogs, even if they get stung, it never acts as a lesson to them. Instead, they continue chasing the bees even more vigorously.
However, some dogs learn their lesson and start being phobic to bees and other small flying creatures.
This may even lead to the development of obsessive compulsive-disorders (fly snapping).
This makes the dog to snap at imaginary flies and hallucinate they are there while they aren’t.
Fly snapping is mainly caused by the genetic components, a digestion issue which makes the dog snap on its sides rather than upwards, and a seizure-related issue.
However, this can be prevented by an early behavioral intervention.
Major Reasons Why Dogs Are Obsessed With Bees
Annoying Bees Buzz
The same way bees may easily attract the dogs, wasps also play a big role in that. For us humans, it is easy to stay away from these dangerous insects.
This is because we know they are harmful and their stings are the worst. However, dogs see them as playmates and instead try to entertain them unknowingly ending up in the losing end.
The bees’ buzzing is annoying and this is a major trigger to dogs and greatly impacts its reaction.
Another major cause of why your dog is obsessed with bees is due to its genetic behavior. This is what causes them to run after other animals, including flies.
It can also be a result of a strong emotional response because of a previous encounter with a bee/fly that stung.
Genes are really strong and helping the dog to divert requires serious intervention.
There are two sides of the coin, your dog can get bitten once, and swell on the mouth area and get a phobia for life.
This will make it shut down and tremble to make it be in a panic and always run away when in contact with flying insects.
The second side of the coin is that it can get bitten and change for good. This makes the dog to always chase after the bees or wasps for revenge.
Pleasure In Eating Bees
At times the dogs may be so fast and get pleasure while eating the bees as a whole, which is risky.
The dog can easily be stung on the tongue by the bee or even affect the esophagus posing a threat to the digestive system.
If the dog is stung on the oral cavity, the throat can easily swell and it will be a life-threatening case.
How To Help Your Dog Who Is Obsessed With Bees?
Be Mindful Of Flowers Around Your Home
The easiest thing is trying to ensure bees don’t come to your compound so often. I know it is hard if you have all kinds of flowers and vegetation around your home.
However, if it is greatly affecting your dog’s behavior you may opt to reduce them.
Also, instead of completely getting rid of all flowers, get some that will repel the insects such as marigold, mint, and cucumber.
Use A Non-toxic Bee Repellant
You can also opt to make a non-toxic bee and wasp repellant which you may then spray on various surfaces to keep away harmful flying insects.
This will help to reduce the dog’s urge to disturb the bees. The most prevalent areas are on window seals and door frames. Also, spray on all outdoor surfaces.
However, you need to be careful about the repellant you are using. Some may be harmful to your dog and even cause allergies.
You can also try to divert the dog’s attention from such harmful chasing to running after a ball, laying on a mat or other favorable actions.
Choose one that your dog will love. If the dog already has one that he/she loves to ensure she/he continues doing it more often.
You should first learn to train it with the absence of the bees and it will be fun.
With the success of that, change the environment for the dog to continue with the action.
When you feel the dog is ready, you may then lead it to a place where there are frequent buzz’s and see how the dog will react.
You may then trigger the dog to do the happy behavior he/she loves and this will help till you see the bee is not a destruction.
Be careful in case tables turn and patient with your dog.
Remember that it may take a while before your dog finally agrees to stop chasing bees or just keep on.
Ensure you are patient and do what matters most, the obsession is normal and you shouldn’t punish the dog at all.
If the situation is too much, you might as well decide to ask a professional for assistance.
Also, be careful and be keen on these indicators if you suspect your dog has been stung: whining, yelping, drooling, swelling, or hives.
This easily causes trouble while breathing, weakness, or even vomiting.
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