Dog anxiety and how to identify when your dog is worried

Dogs brains are not so very different from ours. Furthermore, dogs can suffer dog anxiety. Learning how to recognise these signs will help you meet your dogs’ needs and build resilience.

To have a meaningful conversation we need to be able to both send and receive information. For humans this frequently means using words…..and sometimes lots of them! Dogs use lots of words too but they create words using their whole body. Our canine friends have a colourful language made up of an exquisite array of facial expressions, body postures, behaviours and vocalisations. Understanding their message means changing the way you take in information. See if you can take your dog’s whole body into account when translating their message.

The purpose of this video is to introduce some key signs that your dog may be feeling worried (dog anxiety) or even under threat. Sometimes these signs can be tricky for humans to notice and your dog’s voice may not always be heard. Read the list below to identify some of the signs that may indicate your dog is worried.

Signs of Dog Anxiety


What to do if you see these signs?

In a physically healthy dog these signs may be caused by ‘normal’ rationale worry (for example: there are treats in my owners hand and I really want one) and sometimes they may be ‘abnormal’ or irrational worry (for example: my owner is never ever, ever coming home). For abnormal or excessive worry follow the steps below:

Step 1: Some of these signs can be caused by physical disease and your regular veterinarian is always a terrific source of support and a great place to start investigations.

Step 2:  If you are not sure which, you are worried by how much your dog seems worried or you want to understand your dog better then Kalmpets can help. A general rule of thumb is to identify the source of worry and where possible help your dog feel supported through verbal praise/food (even better) and if possible create distance between them and the source of worry by moving away.

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