Whether you know it or not, dogs can have fears and concerns just like we do. Your dog may not experience the same type of nervousness or triggers which cause anxiety, but he can have symptoms of anxiety and stress that cause him distress.
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Sources of Anxiety for Dogs
There are many sources of anxiety and Lucky may suffer from one or from several. Some of these anxiety issues are the following:
Separation Anxiety: Lucky becomes anxious when he’s left by himself.
Noise Anxiety: Lucky becomes afraid when he hears loud noises. It could be such things as thunderstorms, the banging of garbage trucks, fireworks or even gunfire.
Confinement Anxiety: Lucky feels as if he’s trapped or confined in an area. He thinks that if his movements are restricted, and he feels threatened, then he can’t flee or escape.
Travel Anxiety is because even though the car has an appearance of a den, it moves. Lucky can feel stressed and unsure of the unexpected movement.
Symptoms of Anxiety in Dogs
If you think that anxiety is an issue for your dog, there are some behaviors to look for. Your dog may destroy property, over-groom himself, or pace.
Other behaviors may be:
Barks non-stop when you’re gone. You may not hear it, but your neighbors may tell you about it.
Chews up shoes, the walls, the furniture or gets into the garbage and either eats it or strews it all over the place.
Is pooping or peeing in his crate, where he’s confined or anywhere in the home, or if he is eating his feces.
If he starts to become aggressive towards other dogs, other animals or people, then he’s having anxiety difficulties.
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