Anxiety is a very intrusive problem in the lives of humans and in the lives of their canine family members. How can you help your furry counterparts handle their phobias? Here are some suggestions on how to bring security and reassurance to your anxious pet.
Much like children and adults deal with separation anxiety so pets do when their owners leave for the day. Some dogs experience minor symptoms of anxiety while others experience more severe anxiety--and for a variety of reasons. If you notice that your dog is anxious, overly nervous or displaying disruptive behavioral tendencies when you leave or come back to your home, your pet may suffer from separation anxiety.
Resist the urge to shower affection immediately before you leave or after you return from a trip. Wait a bit before giving that treasured pup a reassuring pat. Find an article of clothing that carries your scent and allow your dog to snuggle with it while you're gone. Utter a specific word that your worried canine can hear before you leave signaling you will be coming back.
Thunderstorms and fireworks can make your pet jumpy, terrified and prone to hiding. How can you reassure your pet in their time of need? Here are a few tips to help them adjust:
Despite your best efforts, severe anxiety can still remain. If you find all other attempts at reassuring your pet failing, consult an animal behaviorist or veterinary for alternatives.