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Does Your Dog Have Anxiety? Here Are Some Remedies

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There are many reasons why your dog may suffer from anxiety, but there are also many remedies and methods that can help mitigate the anxiousness. If you find your dog gets anxious, don’t fret! It’s a normal emotion that our furry friends may experience from time to time, just as we do. We’ll cover causes and symptoms of anxiety in dogs, and some of our favorite remedies and methods to sooth your anxious pup. Remember to always check in with a vet for professional advice, especially if your dog often experiences very high levels of stress and anxiety.

 

Causes of Dog Anxiety

There are many environmental factors that can make your pooch anxious. Dog anxiety mostly stem from these three causes: fear, separation, and aging. As dog owners, it’s our responsibility to make our dogs feel as safe and comfortable as much as possible, but some factors may be out of our control. Traveling (either via public or private transportation) can cause stress, new and unfamiliar environments, loud noises, and much more. Some dogs may also have more nervous or anxious personalities. It’s important to keep in mind that your dog may experience varying levels of anxiety, and should be treated accordingly. So how exactly do we know when a dog is anxious?

 

Symptoms of Dog Anxiety

The types of symptoms your dogs are showing can tell you what kind of anxiety they may be experiencing. Here are key symptoms to look out for:

  • Aggression
  • Urinating or defecating in the house
  • Drooling
  • Trembling
  • Panting
  • Destructive behavior
  • Depression
  • Excessive barking
  • Pacing
  • Restlessness
  • Repetitive or compulsive behaviors

According to American Kennel Club, “Some of these symptoms may be the result of occasional anxiety-causing events, but any of these can become recurrent and therefore, result in more serious issues.” For example, excessive drooling, panting, or barking may be a sign that they are feeling stressed and uncomfortable, such as when they are riding in a car or surrounded by unfamiliar animals and people. Defacation and destructive behavior is very likely a result of separation anxiety. Recurring aggression or depressive moods (low energy and no appetite) may be a sign of a more serious form of clinical anxiety and we advise you seek professional advice immediately.

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Treatments for Dog Anxiety

Fortunately, there are many proven ways to help your dog’s anxiety from training (behavior modification) to environmental enrichment. With enough patience, love, and dedication your dog will be feeling better in no time! Avoid punishing your dog when they are feeling anxious. Here are some resources that offer a comprehensive look at treatments for dog anxiety:

7 Proven Ways to Calm Your Anxious Dog

Understanding, Preventing, and Treating Dog Anxiety

Dog Anxiety: A Pet Owner’s Guide To Helping Your Pooch Live Better

 

Behavior Modification

Several ways you can curb your dog’s anxiety include training methods such as:

  • Desensitization
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Frequent exercise

You may also try these types of therapy:

  • Music (research shows dogs prefer classical music!)
  • Physical/massage

Manage the Environment

Optimize your dog’s environment and manage their triggers by:

  • Creating a safe haven filled with their favorite toys, blankets, and treats
  • Keep them mentally stimulated

Check out these guides to help with behavior modification and environmental management:

Do You Know How To Speak Dog? Learn To Read Dog Body Language

The Importance of Socializing Your Dog for Traveling (A How-To)

Why Positive Reinforcement For Dogs Is Important When Traveling

Is Your Dog Bored? These Products Will Keep Them Stimulated For Hours

 

Products to Help with Anxiety

For serious anxiety disorders, your vet may recommend medication such as antidepressants. They may also recommend natural remedies and supplements either alone or in conjunction with prescribed medication, typically containing ingredients like melatonin, thiamin, chamomile, L-Theanine or L-tryptophan. You may also find natural pheromones and aromatherapy to be very helpful. Check out our favorite anxiety curbing products below!

 

PREMIUM CARE Hemp Calming Chews


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3 Pack Dog Calming Pheromones Collar


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Zesty Paws Calming Soft Chews for Dogs


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ADAPTIL Spray 60 mL – Calms & Comforts Dogs During Travel


American Kennel Club Anti Anxiety and Stress Relief Calming Coat for Dogs


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Thundershirt Classic Dog Anxiety Jacket


dog pheromones

Fido Fragrances Calming Anxiety Blend


dog hemp oil

Charlie & Buddy Hemp Oil


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SmartSticks Calming Chicken Dog Chews

 


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