Is my dog anxious?
There are some common signs that may indicate anxiety in dogs. It's important to remember that dogs can exhibit different behaviours, and not all dogs will show all of these signs. If you believe your dog may be anxious, it's best to consult with a veterinarian or a professional dog behaviorist for an accurate assessment.
Pacing and restlessness.
An anxious dog may exhibit repetitive movements, such as pacing back and forth or circling.
Excessive panting or drooling.
Dogs may pant or drool excessively when they are anxious, even in non-stressful or non-physical exertion situations.
Trembling or shaking.
Anxious dogs may visibly shake or tremble, especially in situations that trigger their anxiety.
When dogs are anxious, their pupils may appear larger than usual.
Lip licking or yawning.
Dogs often lick their lips or yawn excessively when they are feeling stressed or anxious.
Anxiety can sometimes cause dogs to shed more than usual. You may notice an increase in hair around your home or when you pet your dog.
Anxious dogs may engage in destructive behaviours, such as chewing furniture, digging holes, or scratching doors or walls. These behaviours are often seen as attempts to cope with their anxiety.
Dogs may bark, howl, or whine excessively when they are anxious, particularly in response to certain triggers or stressful situations.
Hiding or seeking comfort.
An anxious dog may try to hide or seek comfort by curling up in a secluded area, seeking close contact with their owner, or attempting to hide behind furniture or objects.
Changes in appetite or digestive issues.
Anxiety can sometimes lead to changes in eating habits, such as decreased appetite or increased refusal to eat. It may also cause gastrointestinal issues like diarrheas or vomiting.
Avoidance or escape behaviour.
Dogs may try to avoid or escape from situations or stimuli that trigger their anxiety. They may attempt to flee, pull on the leash, or show resistance when confronted with their triggers.
It's important to remember that these signs can also be indicative of other underlying issues, and a professional assessment is crucial for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.