Separation anxietyThe most typical type of anxiety is separation anxiety, which occurs when your dog doesn't like to be apart from you. Dogs frequently equate human presence with everything they cherish in life, including company, play, food, and walks, according to Dr. Mornement. They most likely don't have any of that excellent stuff when they are left alone. Separation anxiety can set in if they haven't mastered the art of enjoying their own company. According to Dr. Mornement, the greatest time for dogs to learn how to deal with being apart from their humans is when they are young.
Aversion to loud noisesThunderstorms and pyrotechnics are two examples of things that can make dogs anxious. Dogs naturally identify the [lower level] noise of wind or rain with those events because they are loud and frightening, according to Dr. Mornement. Dogs frequently experience anxiety as a result, even if they suspect a storm is approaching.
Changes in environment and resource guardingAccording to Dr. Nguyen, less frequent types of anxiety can be brought on by environment changes like traveling to the vet, driving in the car, or moving houses. Any abrupt change to one's routine might cause anxiety, according to Dr. Mornement. "Even things like changes in work hours, the owners traveling," are examples of such things. If a dog is worried about a valuable object being taken away, resource guarding—aggressive behaviors intended to scare other dogs or people away—can also be a problem.
Signs of anxiety in dogsIt's important not to dismiss behaviors that we sometimes consider normal, warns Dr Nguyen. For example, "not eating can be a sign that we would potentially put down to [an] upset stomach, but it could be anxiety", she says.
- Common signs of anxiety in dogs include:
- Barking or howling when owner isn't home
- Panting and pacing (even when it's not hot)
- Running away and/or cowering in the corner of a house
- Escaping the yard
- Destroying furniture
- Self-harm, including excessive licking or chewing
- Not eating
- Urinating more frequently
- A general inability to settle.