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dog anxiety symptoms

So, what is really going on his head? Is it anger? No. Possibly he is anxious and fearful.

Anxiety together with fear is a major culprit of behavior problems in pets, especially dogs.

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Your dog will express such feelings in diverse ways, such as destruction of property, vocalization, aggregation, as well as house soiling. Dogs may experience anxiety and fear for a range of reasons: loud noises, fireworks, thunderstorms, traveling in a car, strangers, and separation from you.

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Don’t take it personally

It is common for dog owners to think that things which are making their pets fearful or anxious don’t seem that scary. Be informed that that anxiety is not always rational.

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So, it is not for you to say, “There is no reason for my dog to afraid of loud noise or thunder.” If your dog perceives something as scary, then his perception will prompt an action.

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Help

Before applying any corrective action, that may otherwise cause more problems, try the following steps for they can help your dog less anxious.

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Visit the Veterinary

First, your vet will try to establish if there is any underlying medical problem in your dog which might be contributing to this behavior. For instance, inappropriate urination can lead to bladder inflammation, stones, UTIs, and diabetes. He might consider performing a physical examination as well as other diagnostic tests to rule out these medical factors. Since inappropriate urination in dogs can be caused by litterbox-related factors, he ( your vet) will teach you ways of making it more enticing, such as proper cleaning and incorporating more litter boxes.

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After ruling out other potential causes, your vet can now proceed to identify your pet’s source of stress. He/she will then proceed to create a plan to help get rid of the dog’s anxiety as well as resolve the inappropriate behaviors.

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Refrain from discipline

Staying away from punishment is a critical aspect of handling anxiety-related behavior in your dog. Don’t yell or use benign gestures like scolding your dog. Refrain from physical punishments (leash corrections and hitting). Remember: Fear & anxiety are like any other emotions and your dog doesn’t have any control over them.

Other tips

You shouldn’t console your dog since it might end up worsening the situation. Also stay away from the fearful stimulus which can also increase his fear and anxiety.

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