You’re likely accustomed to seeing your canine companion in an upbeat mode running back and forth through the walls in an ecstatic state of happiness. As much as we’d like to see our dog happy 24/7, they are susceptible to experiencing anxiety much like we are. Although the symptoms may not be as ours, the Goodrich Veterinary Clinic team has put together this guide to help you identify signs of anxiety in your pet.

Anxiety signs in dogs

Anxiety signs in dogs can be subtle. If your pet is in a situation that could trigger anxiety, such as hearing a thunderstorm, going for a car ride, or meeting new people, watch for the following signs:

  • Aggression
  • Destruction
  • Inappropriate elimination
  • Hyperactivity
  • Shaking
  • Excessive panting or drooling
  • Seeking comfort or hiding 
  • Excessive licking or chewing
  • Vocalization

How to soothe anxiety in your dog

Depending on what triggers your pet’s anxiety, some management methods may be more effective than others. However, a multimodal treatment plan generally works best. If you notice anxiety issues in your four-legged friend, try a combination of the following steps:

  • Stick to a schedule — Sudden changes in schedule, such as if you return to your office after working from home, can cause increased anxiety in your dog. Try to maintain the same daily schedule.
  • Remove your dog’s anxiety triggers — If your dog becomes increasingly agitated as people walk past your window, block their access. Removing anxiety triggers inside and outside your home can help calm your pet.
  • Exercise with your dog — A bored dog is more prone to behavior issues like anxiety. Daily mental and physical exercise will help tire out your pet and give their mind something else to focus on.
  • Create a safe space If strangers visit or a thunderstorm rolls in, your dog will appreciate having a safe space to retreat to that’s outfitted with a cozy bed and plenty of long-lasting treats.

If your furry pal suffers from anxiety, whether it stems from fireworks, speeding cars down the neighborhood blog, or just general separation, don’t wait any longer. Contact our team to schedule a behavior consultation to get your pet relief.