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In what ways may your dog's anxiety be affecting his or her behavior?

In what ways may your dog's anxiety be affecting his or her behavior?

By Dr. Faith Whitehead, Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine

Numerous dogs suffer from anxiety, whether caused by dread of loud noises like fireworks or thunderstorms or tension brought on by being left alone, being rescued, or being adopted. The effect of this worry manifests itself in what appears to be a case of bad dog behavior, which might lead to the incorrect strategy to fixing the problem being employed.

Consider the case of a dog that has pooped in the home. To the owner, it may appear that he requires further house training rather than therapy for his anxiety disorder. In the same way, a dog who chews everything when left alone might be classified as a destructive dog as opposed to an anxious dog.

Symptoms of Dog Anxiety to Look Out For

As a result of the fact that all dogs have unique personalities and qualities, they will respond in different ways. Still, their worried behavior falls mainly into one of these categories.  Excessive barking, wailing, whining, yelping, or sobbing is all symptoms of dog anxiety.

Typical dog behavior issues include chewing on things, digging in the yard or carpet, clawing at the door or on the carpet or glass, and in extreme situations, entirely ruining furniture.

When you come home, your dog will display physical symptoms such as increased panting, drooling, and salivating, pooping and peeing in the house, frantic greetings when you get home, non-stop pacing, trembling, hiding, and self-mutilation such as biting their tail or paws until they are raw.

Dog Anxiety: What Causes It?

In many ways, a dog's anxiety can be triggered by significant life changes such as moving to a new house, a change in their pack (such as someone leaving due to a divorce), the arrival of another dog, the arrival of a baby, changes in their health (such as feeling vulnerable or aging), and major incidents in their early life such as abandonment.

In accordance with research conducted on the wolf pack, a dog that takes on the job of leader within your 'pack' will also experience stress, as this role will need them to be accountable for the safety of the rest of their group. They are unable to do this, of course, if you leave them alone at home, which is the source of their concern.

Treatment for Dog Anxiety

Dog anxiety may be treated in various ways, including via the use of training programs, over-the-counter medications, prescription anxiety medications, and a variety of items that are mainly intended to relieve anxiety. However, science evidence shows that calm tranquility sprays are also very effective in soothing dog’s anxiety for good.

Dog Anxiety Reduction Training

To alleviate a dog's anxiety, veterinarians propose a specialized training program based on behavior modification and desensitization techniques. Using desensitization techniques, you may progressively expose your dog to their anxiety triggers in a controlled environment, training him or her to remain calm at modest levels of exposure and then gradually increase his or her tolerance to that trigger.

Consistency is required in training, and it should not be focused on punishing the dog for their behavior since this is likely to make it worse. Neither should it be based on soothing the dog because this may encourage the dog to use these symptoms as a method of gaining attention.

Medication for Dog Anxiety

Prescription medications for anxiety will need to be obtained from your veterinarian to be effective. Be warned that there are potential adverse effects associated with these medications. The effects of certain medications on your dog will be sedative, while others will have an influence on their overall mood. Additionally, allergic reactions, the possibility of liver damage, lethargy or depression, vomiting, or diarrhoea are possible adverse effects of this medication. It may take many weeks to achieve the desired dose of medicine in your dog.

Products to Reduce Dog Anxiety

To assist in the reduction of anxiety, there are a variety of solutions available, ranging from toys to occupy your dog while you're gone to synthetic pheromone therapy through a plugin to pressure wraps that operate physically to keep the dog quiet.

Using a dog calming spray that contain the dog’s “human” parent’s scent to calm and relax the dog is a newly introduced technology and rapidly being used not only for anxiety, but other uses are being discovered based on the dog’s inhalation of the human scent. These products contain the dog parent’s scent blended with essential oils such as lavender oil that calm anxious dogs.

You can visit to find out more about the human scent and how it affects dogs.   There are a variety of products that contain the dog owner’s scent, K9 Comfort Sprays Earmuffs Extreme Anti-Anxiety Spray, is the strongest product in the market that contains the pet parent’s scent focusing on eliminating and reducing anxiety. The best seller, K9 Comfort Spray’s Calm Tranquility is a blend of the pet parents’ scent and therapeutic grade essential oil Lavender (known for natural calming qualities) that are used to calm dogs to help them relax and ease stress and anxiety.

Various Alternatives to the Problem

If you ignore your dog's anxiety, it is doubtful that it will go away; in fact, the dog behavior issues caused by their worry are more likely to worsen with time. You'll need to put in the effort and patience to understand your dog's anxiety. You'll need to apply the training and products available continuously to bring about the adjustments that will result in a dog that is calm and happy in the long run.

So, what are you waiting for? visit and order 100% Natural Ingredients Calm Tranquility or Earmuffs Extreme Anti-Anxiety Spray to calm your anxious dog!

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