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What are the signs of an anxious dog?

Unsure of how to tell whether your dog is anxious? Here are some signs to look for.

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Unlike fear, which is usually related to a specific trigger or triggers, anxiety can be less cut and dry. If you suspect you might have an anxious dog on your hands, consulting with a professional is highly recommended.

However, here are a few signs that consulting with your vet, as well as a qualified dog trainer or behaviour consultant might be a good idea.

Your dog may be struggling with anxiety if...

They never seem to settle, no matter how much exercise, enrichment, exercise, time and support you give them (either at home, outdoors, or both).

Your dog may be struggling with anxiety if...

They rarely take the time to engage in species or breed-specific behaviours. Instead, they scan for triggers, freeze in place, or sniff and pull frantically.

Your dog may be struggling with anxiety if...

People think they're excited, but they're so intense, you wonder if they're even enjoying themselves.

Your dog may be struggling with anxiety if...

They're completely and utterly exhausted after what seems to you to be an uneventful outing.

I think my dog has anxiety, what should I do?

Step 1: Consult with your veterinarian and/or a veterinary behaviourist

Step 2: Book a free discovery call to discuss options for training.

Tess Morgan is a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant and Dog Trainer in London, Ontario. She specializes in working with reactive, anxious, aggressive and fearful dogs. She offers both in-home dog training in London, ON and virtual training internationally.

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