You want to help your dog no matter what they are going through, especially if we may be to blame. Dogs can suffer from anxiety when they are put in a situation that is emotionally challenging, such as when there is more attention towards a new dog or baby. Anxiety in dogs usually occurs over the fear of being left alone, thunder storms, or boredom. Symptoms of anxiety in dogs include: excessive attachment, such as aggressive barking, and whining when they are left alone, nervousness, chewing, and digging. Smart dogs get bored easily putting them at higher risk of getting anxiety. Bored pets will scratch, chew, and destroy furniture or household items. Anxiety could be caused by a few different things but there are ways to help eliminate anxiety in your dog!
Before you leave your house, check to make sure they have food and water. Take them out for a nice long walk before you leave the house so while you are gone, they can sleep or stay calm. Give them some attention before you leave to show your love! A few minutes prior to leaving and after returning, ignore your dog. This will help the canine understand that they cannot always have your attention so separation will be less dramatic.
When they are home alone, leave on a TV or the radio for a little comfort. In addition, leaving a personal item with your scent on it, such as a t-shirt, will leave them happy to curl up with while you are away. You can also have certain toys that you give to your dog only when you are out of the house. Kong toys and hollow bones work well so the dog can play by themselves.
There are many steps to take that can help cure dog anxiety. Bonding with your dog every moment that you can is one of the biggest. Train your dog to understand that when you leave, you will return. Keep a routine so they don’t get confused. If your dog suffers anxiety attacks from thunderstorms, using a “Thundershirt”, which is a blanket for dogs, will calm them. If natural remedies do not work for your dog, there are drugs that can be taken such as: Fluxetine, Valium, or Rescue Remedy. It is best to try all natural ways of curing anxiety before using medications. Medications have side effects therefore a natural remedy would keep your dog healthy and happy.