"You think I urinated the house coz I feel like doing that??? I just want to show that I am feeling uncomfortable and stressed!"
"Pay more attention to me, please…"
Causes of Dog Anxiety
Illnesses or InjuriesAn illness or painful injury might cause fear or anxiety in dogs. Infectious viruses and toxic conditions can lead to rapid changes in your dog’s behavior, and trouble adjusting.
"I feel unwell :("
AgeAging is an inevitable process for any living creature, and both owners and their pets will need to adjust to the physical and psychological changes they undergo with time. Dogs may experience aging in different ways and have difficulty handling these changes.
"I am just getting old…"
Forced Confinement and Inability to Escape
Being forced into something is not the best feeling in the world for anyone. But for our sensitive canine friends, it is more likely to develop into a serious dog anxiety or phobia. Terrible experiences, like being forced into crates or feeling like one cannot escape, are very common causes of anxiety. Terrible experiences, like being forced into crates or feeling like one cannot escape, are very common causes of anxiety.
Fear of Loud NoisesDisliking or even fearing loud noises isn't uncommon. If you notice worried and nervous behavior during a thunderstorm or see him anxiously trying to hide from fireworks, he most likely has a noise sensitivity.
"I hate those loud fireworks!!!"
Social AnxietyThis is very commonly seen in dogs when they haven’t been socially acclimatized within the first 14 weeks of their life. This can create difficulty getting along with others when they meet them for the first time. They may feel nervous and uneasy among people and other pets later in life.
"I am very social, you should remember that!"
Separation AnxietyThis is the most common type of dog anxiety. Your pet may develop separation anxiety from previous experiences, for example, if they were re-homed more than once, taken from one shelter to another, or left home alone by a previous owner. In cases where a dog has a strong emotional attachment to their owner, separation can also be particularly hard. Dogs might act strange, urinate or continue barking when left alone. Such behavior when you aren’t around simply means that your dog is depressed and anxious.
"Please, don’t leave me alone....please."
Solutions to Help Manage Dog AnxietyWhat can you actually do to help fight dog anxiety? Your vet can examine your dog and his behavior and give advice accordingly. In a lot of cases, for example, dog anxiety wrap is being used to calm the pet and lessen the active or aggressive movements, while helping to reduce the anxiety. In a lot of cases, anti-anxiety medications are the way to go, since they do work relatively fast. However, just like in almost every case, if you can go the natural homemade way, go for it! Keep the following natural anti-anxiety formulas in mind to help your friend.
"Yes, I prefer natural!"