Anxiety – the leading behaviour problem in dogs
Anxiety disorders are probably the most common type of behaviour problem we see in dogs.
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 us to accurately diagnose an anxiety problem we’ll be relying on you to give us essential information about your dog’s behavioural and medical history. We will ask you lots of questions and also perform a thorough physical exam and possibly blood and urine tests, especially if your dog’s treatment plan includes medication.
Punishment should never be used when training an anxious dog as this will only further increase anxiety and this can impair the retraining process.