Could your dog be feeling stressed or anxious?
Is your dog showing signs of anxiety? Sometimes it’s easy to tell when your dog is anxious. Other times you may have to look a little closer.
Some of the more common indicators and causes of anxiety in dog's include:
Fear of loud noises like thunder, fireworks or loud traffic
Obvious signs of distress when you leave your dog alone
Excessive fears of situations like car rides, vet or groomer visits
Chewing or destructive behaviour
Barking or crying
Loss of appetite, refusal to eat
Trembling or shaking
If your dog is showing signs of anxiety, you can try to distract them or help remove them from the situation. Giving your dog a treat or toy, asking them to do tricks, petting them or moving them to a safe space are good solutions in the moment.
You can also try desensitising your dog from what is causing them stress. For example, if your dog has separation anxiety, do the activities you normally do before you leave the house, but don’t leave. You can also slowly increase the amount of time you are gone. This will help them get used to you coming and going.
You can also try using one of our tried and tested Calming Spritzers which were specifically formulated to help our resident and very anxious Spoodle Max. They all contain hemp seed oil, and essential oils like Lavender, Neroli, Frankincense, Bergamot and Chammomile, all well known for their ability to relax, provide emotional calm and happiness.