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A Dog’s Anxiety

Just like humans, our canine companions experience anxiety for numerous reasons. With us being the owners of these animals it is our job to ensure that they live happy, stress-free lives. Causes such as trauma from past experiences, separation from their owners, improper socialization, or even having anxious owners are all factors that can contribute to a dog’s anxiety. Traumas such as abusive behavior from previous owners or abandonment can lead to future stress that the dog’s new owners will have to look out for.

The following are signs of a dog being anxious:

  • Panting
  • Whining
  • Pacing
  • Self destructive actions
  • Destructive to property
  • Urination in abnormal places like inside the home

The following are signs of a dog exhibiting fear:

  • Trembling
  • Tucked in tail
  • Flat ears
  • Hyper salvation
  • Cowering
  • Licking their lips
  • Frequent yawning
  • Attempts to hide

There are several solutions to aid in a dog’s anxiety, but not every solution will work for each individual dog. Some veterinarians may suggest a anxiety medication, Thundershirts, behavior modification techniques or even some calming treats. Separation anxiety has alternative solutions such as hiring a dog sitter, sending the dog to Daycamp for the day, or crate training while you are away.

If you need help overcoming these anxieties please contact our canine behavior specialist or our doggie guru at training@dogwoodslodge.com!

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