If your pupper doggo is experiencing anxiety, there could be a number of reasons. Like people, animals can experience anxiety with a variety of causes. Some common causes for anxiety in dogs are separation anxiety, loud noises (thunder, fireworks), car rides and changes in their environment (moving, new pet). How do you know if your pup is experiencing anxiety and what can you do about it if they are?
Signs of Anxiety in Dogs
Here are some common signs of anxiety in dogs to watch for.
- Panting – especially when it’s not hot
- Barking or howling when you’re away
- Running away/hiding
- Not eating
- Destructive behavior/destroying furniture
- General inability to settle down
- Self-harm – biting, chewing, ripping out fur
- Excessive lip licking
- Looking away
- Escaping the yard
What You Can Do About Dog Anxiety
If you’ve determined that your dog is experiencing anxiety, it’s helpful to identify the cause of the anxiety first. By understanding the cause of the anxiety, you’ll be able to do specific things to help your pup calm down. In general, here are some things you can do to help your pupper doggo relax.
- Behavioral training – This can help teach your dog coping techniques and give them a greater sense of ease.
- Cuddling when stressed – Cuddling your dog when they are stressed and anxious can go a long way toward helping them overcome their stress response. You can also use a Thundershirt or other pressure wrap to help your dog relax when stressed from loud noises, car rides and other anxious events.
- Plan ahead – Arrange for your pup to stay with a trusted human they know and are comfortable with when you go out of town or will be away for an extra long day.
- Create a safe space – Create a safe space that your dog can retreat to when feeling stressed, such as a crate or a special dog bed or special room.
- Consider doggy day care – If your pup struggles with separation anxiety, a doggy day care could give them the companionship they crave while you’re away during the day.
- Getting a furry friend – Consider getting a second animal to give them a furry friend to keep them company. Just make sure you have them meet and make sure they’re compatible before adopting your new furry family member.
- Consider CBD products – CBD helps promote calm and relaxation for stressed animals. Bark Appeal’s PET CBD products are formulated just for pets and available in both liquid drops and treat options.
- Medical treatment – As a last resort, your vet might recommend a medication to help alleviate your dog’s stress in certain situations or on a day-to-day basis.
It’s rough when your pupper doggo is anxious or stressed. Recognizing the signs of anxiety in your dog is just half the battle. Knowing how to help them calm down and relax is essential to their wellbeing. We hope this post helps you more easily see when your pup needs extra help for their anxiety.