Have you noticed your dog is suddenly behaving differently? Do you think your dog is stressed, but you do not know how to help? Do your neighbors complain about your dog barking all the time? It could be a sign that your dog is under stress or has anxiety.
Anxiety in dogs can have different variety of causes. Some of the most common are:
- Fear-related anxiety, which can be caused by loud noises, unknown people or animals, visual stimuli (hats, umbrellas…), new or strange environments. It can be also caused by specific situations like the vet’s office, car rides, wooden floors… All dogs can be scared, but with anxious dogs it can leave a lot of consequences.
- Separation anxiety, which can affect around 14% of dogs. Dogs with separation anxiety are unable to find comfort when they are left alone or separated from specific family members. This can result in many unwanted behaviors, such as urinating and defecating in the house, destroying furniture or continuous barking.
- Age-related anxiety, which can affect older dogs with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS). In dogs with CDS, memory, learning, perception and awareness start to decline and that leads to confusion and anxiety in senior dogs.
Some important symptoms that you should look out for are aggression, urinating and defecating the house, drooling, panting, destructive behavior, depression, excessive barking…
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
- Exercise Your Dog - Anxiety can cause an excess of energy, so taking your dog out to play or for a long walk can be beneficial.
- Physical contact - Picking them up, cuddling with them or giving them a long petting session can be helpful.
- Massage - Anxiety often causes tension, so massage is a perfect way for a dog to relax and calm down.
- Music therapy - Music can be calming and relaxing while you’re home, in the car, or away from your pet.
- Isolation - Isolating your dog in a safe and quiet place can help, especially when they’re acting out.
- Calming coats and T-shirts - The wraps work by swaddling your dog and applying gentle, continuous pressure, which is thought to help reduce fear.
- Alternative remedies - Dog calming supplements like our Hemp Calming - Stress & Anxiety Support that contains hemp, chamomile and L-tryptophan, which are all ingredients proven to help reduce dog’s anxiety.