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Canine Anxiety

September 14th, 2019

If your dog usually pants and has repetitive behaviors, he may suffer from anxiety. As with humans, anxious dogs will try to avoid or escape from situations where they feel uncomfortable, such as the presence of unknown people.

Anxiety is the anticipation of future dangers that result in physiologic reactions associated with fear. In dogs, the most common visible behaviors are elimination (such as diarrhea), destruction, excessive crying, barking, trembling, hiding, reduced activity, chewing, etc. Dogs can also bite themselves and lick, causing secondary lesions or even present injurious motor activity.

Separation anxiety is the most common specific anxiety in companion dogs. When left alone, the animal may exhibit anxiety or excessive distressed behavior. A history of abandonment, multiple owners, rehoming or prior neglect is common.

Most anxieties, fears and phobias develop at the onset of social maturity from 12 to 36 months. Old-age-onset separation anxiety of unknown cause may be the result of a decline in thinking, learning, and memory in older dogs.

There are some natural alternatives to calm anxious dogs. Exercise stimulates the production of serotonin, and it’s also a form of spending energy that, if accumulated, could result in anxiety. Therefore, taking a dog to a playground, helps both with early socialization and with spending lots of energy. Massage is another possibility that releases chemicals in a dog’s brain and can greatly improve his routine. Calming music or sounds can help anxious dogs remain relaxed. That’s why many owners leave a TV or radio turned on, when they go out. CBD oil is a natural calming supplement that can be incorporated as a way to minimize your dog’s emotional state. You can also leave some recently worn clothes that smell like you, so that to reduce your dog’s anxiety.

Separation anxiety could also be an issue when you board your dog. Sometimes dogs don’t eat for the first couple of days, but it gets to normal. Another behavior could be bite bars, chew beds or mattresses. So, it is important to know your dog in order to try to reduce this problem. We always do our best to keep all guests as relaxed as possible and having an indoor playground helps keeping dogs active during the stay.

Contact us if you have any questions. We’re here to discuss your concerns and help you find a solution that addresses your dog’s anxiety when boarding with us.