I know from painful, personal experience, that anxious behaviour is easy to miss. And I also know now, that it can have a long-term impact on dogs’ health – and get worse as they get older. Here I wrap up how to live with an anxious dog: how to recognise anxiety, why it happens, and how to deal with it.
When your dog follows you from room to room, do you think it’s because they love you? Sadly, it’s more likely a sign of anxiety than it is unconditional love.
Holistic vet Dr Kathy Cornack explains that thisshadowing behaviour, and a host of other oftenunrecognised signals– everything fromyawning to jumping up and down with excitement,could mean your pet is anxious.
A fondness for grooming or something more serious? We talk about anxious behaviour in cats far less than we do in dogs…but a high proportion of cats, do get anxious. Areyourcat’s anxiety signals too subtle to recognise?
If you’ve heard the conventional advice of keeping your puppy or kitten away from the world until they’re eight or more weeks old: think again. Dog trainer Eve McKenzie recommends socialising your puppy or kitten as early as two weeks old – and avoiding anxiety later on.
Is your dog anxious? Do they cower in the face of another dog? Or if a thunderstorm happens does your dog – or cat - quake and shiver? On our interview series Pet Parent with a Brain, we talked with Eve McKenzie from Dogaholics, about anxiety: how to identify it and some ideas on how to deal with it.