Our pets are precious to us and for those pet parents who pay close attention to their pets, having to deal with their pets’ anxiety can be overwhelming. After all, coming to terms with our dog’s mental health issues can trouble even the most seasoned pet owner.
There are three kinds of dog anxiety
- Noise anxiety – this is fairly obvious when your dog gets upset and is fidgety and jumpy during a thunderstorm, or when fireworks are set off (this is for dogs in India during the festival of Deepavali)
- Separation anxiety – this is when your dog goes into a shell after you leave the house and behaves uncharacteristically until the time you come back.
- Social anxiety – this can be seen in dogs who have been abused by their owners. They don’t open up to new people and are wary of new people and surroundings and often react to any change in environment violently or aggressively.
If your dog has anxiety problems, it is best to go and see a professional about it since it could well be possible that a dog who is behaving badly could just be bored. Veterinarians and animal behavior experts are best equipped to give you an accurate diagnosis of your dog’s issues and give you advice on how to handle it.
One of the best ways in which to handle destructive behavior is to exercise your dog. While a lot of people take their dogs out for walks and let the dog pee and poop and then bring them back home, what a lot of them don’t realize is that the animal needs to vent all the pent-up energy in some way or form and nothing achieves this better than exercise. A well-exercised dog is less likely to cause destruction in the home!