If you notice that your dog sometimes destroys your shoes, chews the corner of the table’s end, claws the door, gets nervous when you leave the house or if he gets so excited and happy every time you come home from work or school, your dog could have anxieties and stress. Basically, separation anxiety is common for dogs who are overly attached on family members or on the owners. They tend to become so anxious and stressed when they see their owners getting ready to leave. This affects their behavior so sometimes they show and do destruction, vocalization, or even house soiling when separated from their owners. Most of the dogs do crave a great deal of attention and physical contact from their owners. Just like humans, we feel sad and anxious when we’re away from our loved ones, dogs also feel the same way. Hence, as a pet owner, it is your responsibility to help keep your pet’s stress level low especially in these times when we have stayed at home and with our pets for a very long time due to the lockdown and now we’re slowly getting back to normal.
One of the best ways to keep low the stress level of your pet is to give him extra love before leaving. You should not just close the door or gate in front of your pets when they try to run to you. You have to show them and make them feel that that you love them and that you care for them. Try to play with time quickly. Another way to keep them clam is to give them positive reinforcement by giving them treats or any nice reward for their good behavior. Before you leave, make sure to leave out comforting items such as blankets and toys. This will somehow entertain them while you are away so they would not think of missing your or having anxieties while you are away. You also have to make sure that objects that your pet could possibly destroy are eliminated. This is to make sure that they won’t be able to show distress behavior such as destroying anything that they can chew or scratch. To give you more information about the proper ways of taking good care of your pet with anxiety, you can check this great post to read.
Lastly and most importantly, you may also consider buying your pet some CBD products. Studies and research have shown that CBD is not only beneficial for humans but for pets such as dogs as well. There are several brands and products that you can choose from in the market. Not only anxieties, CBD products have wide variety of health benefits for your dog such as treatment for pain, sleeplessness, glaucoma, stress, and others. Another good thing about cbd products is that they don’t contain psychoactive properties so your dog wont get high after taking the product. Make sure to consult with your vet first before buying one.