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Anxiety?? Does my dog have it?

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We have all been there when leaving for the day for work or for a quick run to the grocery store wondering how our dogs react when the door closes. For some, it may be that they just lay on the couch patiently waiting for us to return. While others might go into complete panic mode, thinking all is lost. Knowing some of the signs of anxiety our precious pooches can exhibit will help ease the stress levels for them as well as the owners. The two most common types of anxiety we see are fear based anxiety and separation anxiety.

Situational Anxiety

Situational anxiety is fear based anxiety caused by new people, new animals, strange environments, loud noises, specific situations, and sometimes new visual encounters. These visual encounters include sunglasses or a hat causing your dog to respond negatively even to those they know.

Dogs with fear induced anxiety need extra space and time to warm up to new people, dogs, and situations. It is important to let others know your dog has anxiety and needs to be approached differently than most dogs.

One way you can let others around you know your dog has anxiety and needs space is to tie a yellow ribbon to their collar and/or leash when you are out in public. The Yellow Dog Project is a non-profit organization that works to increase awareness of dogs who may be reactive to other people or dogs.

Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is when a dog cannot relax away from their family or when they are left alone. An estimated 14% of dogs are affected by separation anxiety. And the final root cause of anxiety is aging.

So how can one tell if their dog is affected by anxiety?? Here are the most important signs to look out for to let you know your dog has anxiety:

  • Aggression
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Pacing
  • Compulsive Behavior
  • Panting
  • Urinating or Defecating in the House
  • Depression
  • Destructive Behavior
  • Excessive Barking
  • Restlessness

Now you’re probably wondering, how in the world do I ease my dog’s anxiety?

The first step is to talk to your veterinarian to see what recommendations they have to help ease the stress on your dog. Certain medications, natural supplements, behavioral training, and calming products can all be integrated into your pet’s routine to help with anxiety. Rover discusses different treatments for anxiety, you can read about it here. Always consult your veterinarian before changing anything in your dog’s routine.

Calming products are available at the Puplife Dog Club’s Boutique. Visit Us here.