Anxiety In Dogs: What Causes It?
To find remedies for your dog’s distress, it’s essential to try to pinpoint a potential source of anxiety. Depending on their “normal” temperament and behaviors, causes will look different for each dog. Anxiety may have many causes, and some dogs have more extreme anxiety than others. Climate change, a dog’s current mental state, or physical vitality are all possible contributing factors.
There are a few common triggers of anxiety in dogs that have been identified. Knowing these will assist owners in identifying factors that could be contributing to increased tension and discomfort.
Anxiety Of Separation
One of the most experienced types of dog anxiety is seen in this dog looking out the window.
“Can you tell me when Mom is coming home? Is she ever going to return?”
Separation anxiety is one of the most common sources of stress, and it’s also one of the most preventable. Owners can have hectic schedules, and not everyone has the luxury of bringing their dog along for the ride. Dealing with this dynamic is a part of becoming a pet owner for many people, but it can be stressful for both the owner and the dog.
We can’t always pinpoint the root of a dog’s separation anxiety due to the language barrier, but situations like these might make your pup lose its cool:
– A change in practice or climate, such as changes in the home (i.e., loss of a family member or fellow pet)
– Particularly for rescues, a history of abandonment or multiple shelter stays is a red flag.
– Interactions with others are affected as a result of the lack of social interactions.
– Not used to being left alone for extended periods