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Here is some great information on how to help dogs that are anxious and nervous. If you find help here, be sure to leave a comment or send us an email. We are caring and sharing with one another.
Anxiety ?n ? dog ?? ? v?r? frustrating condition t? deal with, ?nd ?lth?ugh ?t ?? flattering t? feel th?t ??ur dog loves h?v?ng ??u around, ?t ?? ? v?r? difficult ?nd traumatic w?? f?r ? dog t? live. Dogs th?t ?r? separated fr?m th??r owners w?ll start displaying destructive behaviors ?u?h ?? chewing, barking ?nd digging.
Symptoms ?f dog anxiety:
An? pet th?t h?? h?d ? bout ?f anxiety f?r m?r? th?n ? f?w days ?h?uld b? examined b? ? veterinarian, ?nd th? veterinarian ??n l??k f?r potential underlying causes. Th?? w?ll ??k ?b?ut th? symptoms ??ur dog ?? having, ?u?h as:
- Excessive vocalization, neediness ?r clinginess
- Fear ?f b??ng alone
- Trembling, Hypersensitivity t? noise ?nd ?th?r stimuli.
- Increased aggression
In ??m? cases, dogs m?? b? aggressive wh?n th?? b???m? anxious wh??h ??n b? dangerous t? th??r owners.
Genetics ?? ? contributing factor
S?m? dog breeds ?r? m?r? prone t? anxiety problems b???u?? th?? h?v? ?t ?n th??r genes. It ?? ?ft?n ???n ?n breeds ?u?h ?? Great Danes, German short-haired pointers, German shepherds, bull terriers, Jack Russell terriers, Dalmatians ?nd basset hounds.
Dog anxiety wh??h leads t? unintentional aggression ?? ?n? ?f th? top reasons ?? t? wh? owners give u? th??r pets, ?? ?t ?? important t? understand wh? ?t ?? happening ?nd h?w t? treat ?t effectively.
Treating dog anxiety
Anxiety ??n b? dealt w?th ?? long ?? th? underlying ??u?? ?? known. If ??u ??n pinpoint th? stressor, ??u ??n work t? ??th?r remove th? stressor altogether ?r u?? behavior modifications ?nd training t? h?l? ??ur dog adjust t? wh?t?v?r ?? causing th?m stress. Also, h?l? fr?m ? professional trainer ?r animal behaviorist ?? ?ft?n beneficial
Keeping ??ur dog healthy ??n h?l? t? ease anxiety ?? well, m?k? ?ur? he/she h?? ? healthy diet ?nd g?t? plenty ?f exercises. Wh?n ?t ??m?? t? treating anxiety, training slowly ?? important. If ??u train t?? quickly, th?? m?? simply increase th? anxiety ?nd negative behaviors.
If ??u suspect ??ur dog ?? suffering fr?m separation anxiety, h?r? ?r? ??v?n tips t? h?l? dogs th?t ?r? anxious ?nd nervous
- Pretend t? G? Out
Pretending t? g? ?ut ?nd shutting th? door b?h?nd ??u ?nd returning ?ft?r ? f?w seconds w?ll h?l? accustom ??ur dog t? ??ur absence. K??? d??ng th?? ??v?r?l times but remember t? ?nl? stay ?ut ? f?w seconds ?t ? time. Aft?r ? f?w days ?f d??ng this, ??u ??n gradually increase th? time spent ?ut b? ? f?w seconds.
- Crate Train Y?ur Dog
Th? majority ?f dogs l?k? crates ?? th?? ?r? den animals ?nd th? crate functions ?? ? den ?f sorts f?r m?n? dogs. Th?? enjoy th? safety ?nd comfort ?f th??r crate ?nd w?ll enjoy t?k?ng ? nap ?r ??m? quiet time ?n it.
Providing ? dog th?t suffers fr?m separation anxiety w?th ? crate m?? h?l? h?m feel m?r? comfortable ?nd secure but n?v?r close th? door wh?l? he’s ?n h?? crate ?r h? m?? panic wh??h w?ll increase h?? anxiety. Place ??m? chews ?nd toys ?n th? crate t? k??? h?m busy ?nd include ?n ?ld T-shirt ?f ??ur? t? provide h?m w?th ??ur scent ?? th?? m?? h?l? calm him.
- K??? th? Radio On
A? dogs ?r? pack animals, th?? don’t l?k? b??ng alone. Social animals ?u?h ?? dogs ??n b???m? nervous ?r anxious wh?n ?l?n? ?nd leave th? radio ?n m?? h?l? th? dog feel l??? alone. K??? th? volume ?t ? reasonable level ?? ?n? wh?n th? radio program turns t? ?n advertisement ??ur dog isn’t scared ?ut ?f h?? wits w?th ?n increase ?n volume. Playing soothing music m?? ?l?? h?l? ??ur dog t? relax.
- Don’t administer harsh punishments
Physical punishment doesn’t work ?nd ?n ??m? instances m?? aggravate th? problem more. Th?? ?? b???u?? ??ur dog ?? n?t “acting out” t? upset you. Sh? ?? experiencing stress ?nd anxiety b???u?? ?h? n??d? t? b? properly trained h?w t? deal w?th th??? anxious feelings.
- Don’t ignore th? problem
Th? symptoms ?f dog separation anxiety won’t g? away. In fact, th?? ???m t? g?t progressively worse ?? th? dog matures, ?? ?t ?? b?tt?r t? nip th? behavior ?n th? bud b?f?r? ?t b???m?? ?v?n m?r? problematic.
So, ?f ??u notice th?t ??ur puppy ?? experiencing dog separation anxiety symptoms, don’t ignore them. Instead, start retraining h?r now.
- Develop ?n individualized program f?r ??ur dog
Th?r? ?r? numerous behavior modification training programs specifically f?r dogs w?th dog separation anxiety, ?nd ??n?? th?? condition affects dogs differently, ? ?n? size fits ?ll approach ?ft?n doesn’t work.
Instead, ??u h?v? t? develop ? ??rt??ul?r program th?t takes ?nt? consideration ??ur dog’s age, breed, anxiety tolerance level, motivational triggers, etc. Also, ??u m?? h?v? t? utilize anti-anxiety medications combined w?th behavior modification therapies f?r maximum benefits, depending ?n th? severity ?f th? issue.
- Engage ?n basic dog obedience training ?nd don’t spoil her.
Th?t is, don’t give ??ur dog t?? mu?h attention wh?n you’re home. Instead, encourage h?r t? play b? h?r??lf ?? mu?h ?? ?????bl? ?nd administer praise wh?n ?h? does. F?r instance, ?f ??u w?nt t? give h?r ? treat th?n m?k? h?r d? ? command l?k? sit b?f?r? ??u give ?t t? her. Th?? establishes ??u ?? th? pack leader ?nd ensures th?t ?h? understands h?r place ?? th? l?w?r pack member.
- Don’t m?k? leaving ??ur dog ? big deal
Don’t sit th?r? waving t? h?r f?r hours ?nd don’t t?ll h?r goodbye ? hundr?d times. Simply exercise h?r b?f?r? ??u leave, give h?r ? special treat, ?nd th?n leave w?th?ut making ? fuss. Then, wh?n ??u ??m? home, k??? ?t l?w key ?? well. Th?? w?ll demonstrate th?t ??ur leaving ?? n?t ? bad th?ng ?nd ?? ??m?th?ng th?t ?u?t happens. On? great trick ?? t? act l?k? you’re leaving ?nd th?n n?t g? ?n?wh?r? t? g?t h?r u??d t? b??ng left alone.
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