Managing Pet Stress

Keep your dog happy and stress free with our bite-size guide to managing pet stress.

Causes of Stress

Typical causes of pet stress are as follows:

  • Trauma, whether as the result of accident or mistreatment
  • Confinement
  • Change of routine
  • Noise
  • Boredom

Over time can manifest into the following symptoms:

  • Excessive barking
  • Loss of appetite or over eating
  • Separation anxiety
  • Fear of loud noises
  • Whining
  • Inappropriate chewing
  • Toileting inside the house
  • Eating own faeces
  • Aggression

Positive Stress Management

Aversive treatment or punishment does very little to fix stress-related behavioural issues, as they do not address the root cause of the problem. Indeed, such actions can cause further stress and anxiety, making the issue worse. Instead, remain calm and assertive, and try positive distraction techniques when you observe any negative behaviours.

You should also consider the following:

  • Ensure your dog getting enough physical and mental exercise. This can often have the positive effect on canine behaviour.
  • If you work all day, consider hiring a dog walker to break up the day so your dog does not get bored.
  • Consider a calming food supplement, such as those with amino acids and B vitamins.
  • Check with your vet that your dog does not have any underlying health concerns that are causing the negative behaviours.
  • If all else fails talk to a behaviourist who may be able to shed further light on the cause of your dog’s anxiety.

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