Anxiety in Dogs

iStock-August 09, 2008Dogs have different personalities. It really depends on the breed or the dog’s family history. From being a puppy to an adult dog, they are accompanied by their human masters. The dog’s everyday routine is usually dependent on their master’s lifestyle.    However, some dogs experience anxiety that almost comes instantly when they are left alone.  If they are left alone, these dogs can become destructive, which is their means of expressing frustration or loneliness.  This is called separation anxiety in dogs.  Dogs can become restless and bored, and if they see that their master is not around, they may go out to chew on anything that they can get their paws on – from slippers, to furniture, to other objects found in the house.

Chewing on certain objects that has the master’s smell (socks, shoe, the sofa, or even the door) is one of the many symptoms of separation anxiety in dogs. Other symptoms to watch out for are continuous barking, uncontrolled “pooping”, and various ways to get master’s attention.    Probable causes for such behavior often include dogs that were not properly socialized or dogs that have been living in different homes. With this in mind, owners should take a second look at their dogs and see if they exhibit such behavior. This will give them an idea if their dog might be suffering from separation anxiety.

Dealing with separation anxiety in dogs can be serious if not threatening for your carpet or sofa. Begin with a no “goodbye” technique.  Owners should not give their dogs any hugs before they leave the home.   This will only make the dog long for more attention from the owner. Another tip would be to leave some toys or goodies that will help your dog consume its time and take its attention away from its anxiety.

Traveling With Your Dog!

123RF-12810424_sGoing on a vacation and want to take your dog along?  First decide if your dog should go with you.  If he/she would feel more comfortable with a friend or relative, it is best to leave him/her behind.

However, if you decide to take your dog along, it can be lots of fun.  Here are a few tips for traveling by car with your dog:

  • Make sure you plan lots of pit stops along the way.
  • Make a list of a few vets along the way, just in case.
  • Don’t forget to pack a few of your dog’s favorite toys.
  • Pack any medications your dog may need.  A jar of K9KlearUp™ would be a good thing to take along.
  • Make sure the hotels you have booked are pet friendly.
  • It would be best to take your dog to the vet before you go away, if your dog is overdue for a vet visit.
  • Don’t feed your dog just before the trip. Feed him at least a few hours before, so he won’t be car sick.
  • Make sure your dog cannot roam around inside the vehicle.  You might want to purchase a dog safety belt or carrier.
  • Never leave your dog alone in a car in warm weather, for any length of time.
  • Your dog should always have a sturdy collar with home address and cellphone number on a tag.