anxiety

Why Are Dogs So Afraid Of Fireworks?

Why Are Dogs So Afraid Of Fireworks?

With the Fourth of July drawing near, many dog owners are dreading the annual event because their dogs are so afraid of fireworks. Even if you don’t plan to go to a formal celebration with your dog, there are always people who live nearby who start setting off fireworks several days before and after the formal holiday. Dogs' reactions include trembling, pacing, panting and even running away to try to escape the noise and the perceived danger. Some dogs resort to destructive behavior or even relieve themselves in the house. Whining, barking and even howling are other clear signals your…
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How Having A Dog Can Help You Cope With Anxiety

How Having A Dog Can Help You Cope With Anxiety

With everything going on in the world today, from the rise and spread of the coronavirus to financial uncertainty, none of us are immune to the debilitating feelings that wash over us when we feel anxious. Anxiety can rob us of our productivity, our focus, our sense of well-being and our joy. But having a dog can greatly help those who suffer from anxiety to cope and to feel better. Just being in the presence of a dog and stroking his fur has a definite calming effect on an anxious person.  According to research by the Human Animal Bond Research…
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Your Dog’s Anxiety Could Be Due To His Genes

Your Dog’s Anxiety Could Be Due To His Genes

Most dog owners won’t be surprised to learn that noise sensitivity is the most common source of anxiety in dogs, followed by fear of other dogs, fear of strangers and new situations. This is the result of a Finnish study which was published in the March 5, 2020 issue of Scientific Reports looking at some 13,700 responses from dog owners representing 264 breeds. But the most interesting observation from this study was that anxieties were more prevalent in certain breeds and less so in others. For example, Spanish water dogs, Shetland dogs and mixed breeds were the most fearful. And…
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15 Ways Your Dog Is Trying To Tell You He’s Stressed

15 Ways Your Dog Is Trying To Tell You He’s Stressed

You can likely easily tell when a human is stressed out by the way they behave, but it’s not so easy to tell when your canine companion is suffering from anxiety or stress. This is particularly true if you have just adopted the dog and you have not had a chance to get to know them and their usual behaviors very well. Some dog behaviors are sure giveaways, but others are more subtle. Here are 15 ways your dog may be communicating with you that they are stressed. While these behaviors are seen in dogs who are stressed or anxious,…
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