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Signs Of Anxiety In Dogs

by Dr. Erica Irish

What are the Signs of Anxiety in Dogs?

We all want our dogs to be healthy and happy, but when they’re stressed,we’re stressed! It would be so much easier if you could just ask your dog what was causing him to be afraid or anxious.

Like in humans, anxiety in dogs is a feeling of nervousness and unease. Your dog can give you clues that he is feeling anxious, but some of these clues are subtle, so it is important to know how to recognize the signs. If you can quickly recognize symptoms of anxiety, then you may be able to help your dog feel better much faster!  

Symptoms of Anxiety in Dogs

Panting, yawning, holding his ears back and down, and licking his lips are all ways to indicate that your dog is anxious. Some of the more obvious signs include trembling/shaking, pacing, looking away or avoiding eye contact, freezing on the spot, and tucking his tail down between his legs. Your dog may also try to run away or hide in another room. He may engage in destructive behaviors like scratching up a door frame, inappropriate urination or chewing on inappropriate objects. Constant barking and “chuffing,” which is a cross between a bark and a rapid exhalation of air, are also symptoms of anxiety.

Cause of Anxiety in Dogs

1. Fear

Fear is the most common cause of anxiety in dogs. You may notice that your dog seems fearful of loud noises like thunderstorms and fireworks, or maybe he shakes and trembles when he goes to the vet’s office for his preventive care. Not all dogs have the same fears and phobias, so it is important to know what triggers your dog’s fear in order to determine the best way to help him overcome it.