separation anxiety

Do Dogs Like Music?

Do Dogs Like Music?

No one will dispute that music has a powerful effect on human emotions, as evidenced by their use in movies to enhance the emotional effects of various scenes. But what about dogs? Most people have probably not given much thought to the effect of music on our canine companions but turns out there is definitely something there. According to a 2002 study published in Animal Welfare, which looked at the effect of music on shelter dogs, the dogs who listened to classical music were more quiet and relaxed than those who were exposed to faster tempos associated with pop or…
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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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How To Treat Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety  – Part 4

How To Treat Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety – Part 4

Dogs who have mild separation anxiety can likely be effectively treated by their owners and we’ll outline how to do that here. Dogs with moderate to severe separation anxiety are harder to treat and owners should enroll the services of a professional canine behavior consultant, or risk making the dog worse.  Treating mild separation anxiety - Mild separation anxiety is treated by a process known as counterconditioning. This process involves associating the feared situation (or object , animal or person) with something the dog really likes. Then, over time, the dog comes to associate the unpleasant situation with something good. …
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Separation Anxiety In Your Dog: Medical and Behavioral Causes – Part Three

Separation Anxiety In Your Dog: Medical and Behavioral Causes – Part Three

In Part Two of our series on separation anxiety, we looked at four of the most common reasons dogs develop this disorder. Now let’s turn our attention to the factors, both medical and behavioral, that need to be ruled out before you can say with condidence that your dog is suffering from separation anxiety. Medical Problems: Urinary incontinence - There are a host of medical problems that can cause a dog to urinate in the house. The word “incontinence” refers to the dog’s inability to hold his urine until he can get outside to relieve himself. Sometimes this incontinence can…
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Four Reasons Why Some Dogs Develop Separation Anxiety – Part Two

Four Reasons Why Some Dogs Develop Separation Anxiety – Part Two

In Part One of this series on separation anxiety, we looked at exactly what separation anxiety is, what are the common symptoms and most importantly we underscored the ideas that the worrisome behavioral symptoms of this disorder that can include destructive behavior, is not the result of a dog being untrained, but stem from overwhelming anxiety at being separated from the owner. In Part Two, we’re going to take a look at the four most common reasons dogs develop separation anxiety so you can understand this at a deeper level. Canine researchers don’t yet have a definitive reason why some…
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Separation Anxiety In Dogs – Symptoms To Look For – Part One

Separation Anxiety In Dogs – Symptoms To Look For – Part One

Separation anxiety in dogs is basically just what the words mean...anxiety experienced by your dog when you leave the house and he is left behind. Some dogs can exhibit separation anxiety simply by having their owner stepping out of sight and into another room. In this four part series, we’ll look at:  One - What exactly is separation anxiety and what are the symptoms Two - Why some dogs develop separation anxiety Three - What medical problems must be ruled out before separation anxiety can be blamed Four - What to do about your dog’s separation anxiety In some dogs…
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What The Howl?! Why Dogs Howl And What It Means

What The Howl?! Why Dogs Howl And What It Means

Nearly all dog owners have heard their canine companions howl at least once. Maybe it was in response to the sound of a siren or they heard other dogs howling. Some dogs will respond with a howl when certain music is played.But what is howling exactly and what does it mean? Most of us associate this primal sound with wolves. Our domestic dogs are descendants of these noble beasts, branching off from the wolf tribe some 15,000 years ago, so it would make sense there is some carry over in wolf behavior.  According to wildlife biologists, wolves (and by extension,…
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