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5 Ways Anxiety Affects Your Dog and How to Help

Anxiety is a common behavior for dogs, with 20-40% of dogs dealing with some form or another. That being said, anxiety affects each dog differently. There are often different triggers, as well as different symptoms that accompany anxiety.

Common Triggers

Fear

Triggers like loud noises, other dogs or animals, a visit to the vet, specific objects and more can all be a trigger for anxiety. Specific stimuli overstresses and scares your dog, sparking anxiety. 

Separation

Another common trigger is separation. Dogs become attached to their owners and a fear of being abandoned by their “pack” leads them to act out in different ways. This is a common one among abused or shelter dogs. 

Age

As sad as it is, the older a dog gets, the more their mind can start to go. As they age, they may become less able to comprehend what is going on around them, leading to anxiety responses. 

Common Behaviors

There are many different reactions to anxiety that dogs may exhibit. Below we’ve listed five of the most common ways for anxiety to affect your pup. 

  • Uncontrolled Potty 
  • Destructive Behavior
  • Distressed Vocalization
  • Panting or Pacing
  • Running Away

What’s the Solution?

Anxiety can seem overwhelming for both you and your dog. How do you go about helping?

  1. Remove the trigger if possible. Sometimes it’s hard to avoid, like fireworks. But, if possible, remove the trigger or your dog from the stressful environment. 
  2. Work with a trainer on desensitization techniques. This will help your dog become less fearful of objects or being alone when you leave the house.
  3. Provide your dog with a calming agent like the PupGrade Health and Mood Enhancer. It’s packed with ingredients like Organic Hemp Powder, Passion Flower, Chamomile, and more that promotes calm energy and decreases anxiety. On top of that, it’s anti-inflammatory, improves cardiovascular health, boosts a healthy immune response, and encourages shiny coats and soft skin. It’s good for your dog’s body and mind. 

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