For most dogs, stress plays a key role in the development of an anxiety problem but there may also be a breed predisposition in some cases.
It is important to understand that anxiety in dogs is a medical condition and requires veterinary attention and careful management.
Some signs of canine anxiety to watch out for include:
- Destructive behaviour such as digging, chewing furniture, scratching at door frames
- Pacing or trying to escape
- Aggression - to other dogs or people
- Avoiding eye contact or looking away
- Standing with tail tucked under
For your vet to accurately diagnose an anxiety problem they'll be relying on you to give them essential information about your dog's behavioural and medical history. They will most likely perform a thorough physical exam and possibly blood and urine tests, especially if your dog's treatment plan includes medication.
PLEASE NOTE: Punishment should never be used when training an anxious dog as this will only further increase anxiety and this can impair the retraining process.
If you are worried about your dog's behaviour it is important to see your vet. They may suggest simple pheromones (like ADAPTIL) to help counteract your dog's nervousness..