SIGNS OF ANXIETY IN DOGS

- Attempts at escaping, either passively or actively

- Excess energy and potentially aggression

- Barking or howling beyond the ordinary

- Shaking, hiding, tucking the tail

- Licking or biting at himself

 

WHAT CAUSES ANXIETY?

- Sickness or pain can make your dog more prone to fear and anxiety

- Changes in the central nervous system due to aging or disease

- Past experiences that were negative or caused fear and anxiety

- A lack of socialization in the first few months of life

- Having multiple owners or having been abandoned or neglected

 

HELPING YOUR DOG WITH ANXIETY

- Practice Separation:

     If your dog has separation anxiety, let him adjust to small periods of you being away

     Increase the time you're away as your pet adjusts

 

- Occupy Your Dog

    Give your dog something to do while you are away

    Fill a toy with treats, or provide a chew toy that won't be unsafe if destroyed

 

- Stay Calm

    Your dog responds to the cues you give him

    Do not make leaving or coming home a big deal - be calm and speak in a normal voice

 

- Prioritize Exercise

    Your dog will be less likely to exhibit anxious behaviors if he gets regular exercise

    Take him for a walk before you leave the house to reduce anxiety

 

- Consider Dog Daycare

    If your dog likes socializing, consider taking him to dog daycare

    Your dog will be having fun and using up excess energy while you're away

 

- Ask About Medications

    Anxiety could be due to a hormonal or thyroid imbalance, necessitating medication

    Ask your vet about this, and about anti-anxiety medications

 

Understanding Anxiety in Your Dog

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