Anxiety can be the explanation of the majority of the behavior problems dogs have.  Anxiety can be displayed in so many different ways, ranging from damaging things about the house by chewing , barking , growling a lot , grunting , doing their business in the home , attacking because they are scared , or by becoming hyperactive.  There are a wide variety of reasons for this anxiety.

Some dogs react fearfully to thunderstorms or people they do not know, or simply take a disliking to people of a certain age, race, or gender. Other dogs develop hostility against other animals or more worryingly toward humans. Even the task of the owner shouting at a dog can turn a normally peaceful dog into a very nervous one. 

A dog is a creature of habit , they always tend to lay in a certain area or play with the same toy –  so when their habitual routine is abruptly altered it is likely to make the dog insecure .  Examples of this are when you are not well and are unable to take them out walking, or the arrival of a new baby or even simply a houseful of guests .  It is very important that in these instances you take time to make your dog feel ensure your dog feels safe and relaxed until they are used to the new ways.

It is very important that your dog has their own spot where they can relax without interruption – It is useful to have a blanket or bed in one space with some toys to keep them amused and stop them from getting bored.  Once you have picked this spot you should try not to change it very often as this is most upsetting for your dog.

Young dogs ( and even aged ones) that are left on their own for long periods of time can suffer from separation anxiety. As domesticated animals they do attain an extremely powerful bond with their owners.  A dog experiencing seperation anxiety will in the main display the following traits :

  • your dog constantly follows you around the house
  • the dog stays close to things that smell of you
  • when you leave the house they chew personal items of yours
  • on greeting you the dog goes beserk and is clingy
  • the dog sleeps near to you
  • all this occurs even if you are away for a short time

So now we know a lot of our bad dog behaviour and dog biting problems can be put down to anxiety, what is the best method to treat our anxious dogs? 

I really do not advocate medication as it is not only very pricey it can also lead to nasty reactions.  One effective way of curing your dogs is aromatherapy, it is a very effective safe way to treat anxiety and nervousness in dogs, whether it be because of a particular fear or separation anxiety .

The video below gives an aromatherapy recipe you can try on your dogs:

Make sure you keep this formula in a sealed dark glass bottle.

When trying aromatherapy for the first time on your dog it is important to test a small patch of skin to check there is not a reaction . Instead of applying the oil directly on your dogs skin you can use a diffuser that will slowly release the scent into the air. You must not use this recipe on or near cats as some essential oils for dogs can be toxic for cats.

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