How to Deal With Your Dog’s Anxiety
Unlike human’s, dogs can also experience anxiety disorder. This may be caused due to dog’s physical health, mental state or it can just be a behavioral issue. Anxiety is a common disorder reported in many dogs. They suffer from due to noise, separation, changed routine, ageing or fear.
There are many different unnoticeable symptoms of anxiety in dogs such as barking, hiding, panting, air sniffing, Howling and excessive salivation. These symptoms are usually considered normal reactions but if it turns into a routine behavior you must give attention to your dog because if such behavior remains unattended it may change into destructive behavior such as chewing, biting or attempting to escape.
Separation anxiety is the most common type of anxiety disorder in companion dogs. The term separation anxiety refers to the fear of losing or getting detached from someone or something with emotional attachment. The dog and human bond has already been highlighted in many previous articles. Dogs and human prove to be best companions and soon become family for each other. Dogs become attuned to his owner’s emotions within few days and support him in hard times by becoming lean ear. You are world to your dog and he can do anything for you. Therefore, if he is separated from you he may experience depression. There is no evidence why some dogs experience more anxiety than others but there is a general perception that dogs with amiable nature are more prone to it.
Dealing with your dog’s separation anxiety sometimes become emotional torture for you and him as well because you need to leave home without taking him with the aim of leaving him relax and calm. If you will visit vet he would probably suggest some stress relievers for your dog which is just a temporary solution. There are two kinds of separation anxiety in dogs, stimulated and natural anxiety. You can sometimes use stress reliever for natural anxiety. However, dogs tend to stimulate anxiety and you may not know but you are helping them developing it by rewarding dog crying. When you get a puppy you always pick him up when he is crying and show extra affection. As they grow they develop attention seeking behavior. Therefore, start to train your puppy to stay quiet and calm from young age and every time it does that reward him with your dog’s favorite food instead of a hug or kiss as you are training him to learn the art of spending time even without you. You can find review of the taste of wild-easy digestible grain free food on my blog.
In addition to this, do not make him stay with you every time. If you are home keep shifting your place from one room to another without taking him. In this manner he may understand that you cannot stay in his sight 24/7. Make him use to spend his time in his crate and provide him with some interactive toys that can engage his mind and he can learn the art of entertaining himself. Similarly, dogs tend to chew when they are depressed you can provide him with some chew toys that can help in relieving anxiety. You can also bring a companion pet for him in this ways his loneliness would be divided. Moreover, make your dog exercise enough to deal with his anxiety problems as exercising helps in releasing stress hormones. Therefore, instead of going for a walk in the evening, wake up an hour earlier and go for a walk before you leave for your job or school.
Last but not the least, remember never encourage attention seeking behavior as sometimes it is required to train your dog accordingly.
Wendy is a self-employed beauty therapist, mother of two, life-long pet parent and lover of dogs who somehow manages to squeeze in the time to satisfy another of her loves – writing. Wendy is the founder, main contributor to and editor of TotallyGoldens.com