Dogs and Anxiety
TYPES OF DOG ANXIETY
Like with humans, there is more than one type of anxiety your dog can experience.
- Separation Anxiety - Dogs often become attached to their owners and do not like to be left alone. While they can learn to cope with this, a new dog or puppy will need some time to adjust to being on their own.
- Loud Noises - Events like thunderstorms, fireworks, or other loud and unexpected noise can startle and scare dogs.
- New Environments - When dogs are taken to a new home or traveling with you, they may experience some anxiety associated with the unfamiliarity of their new environment.
WARNING SIGNS OF DOG ANXIETY
There are a few common signs to watch for to notice if your dog is feeling some anxiety including but not limited to the following:
- Barking, crying or howling when they are left alone
- Shaking and shivering
- Digging (especially if this is not normal behavior for them)
- Loss of appetite
- Excessive urination
- Destroying furniture
- Attempts to escape
- Running away from people or you (inside)
- Panting or pacing (even when it’s not hot outside)
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
If you notice any of the above in your four-legged friend, fear not. There are ways you can help them to relax and get back to baseline.
- TLC - try to first give your dog some much needed TLC. Snuggle with them. Give them lots of love with a calm, soothing voice, reassuring pets, and time together.
- Medication - if it becomes a problem in your canine, take them to the vet to have them assessed. The vet will rule out any underlying medical condition and give you ways to help your pup relax at home.
- Behavior Class - if your dog is a rescue or a puppy, this is an especially helpful option. Hiring a professional to help teach you how to train and relax your dog will instill confidence in you both, in and out of the home.
- CBD Oil - no longer just for humans! There are brands of CBD Oil sold specifically to help relax animals. It’s always best to consult with your vet before giving anything like this to your dog.
It’s important to notice and treat anxiety in your dog early to rule out more serious conditions. If you are concerned, always talk with your vet.
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