Time to hit the road? Far from setting off into the sunset and enjoying a relaxing journey, traveling with a dog can be a fur-raising experience.
Fear peeing, puking and pooping; shaking, barking, whining and whimpering. Yeah, safe to say that hitting route 66 quickly turns into the road trip from hell when accompanied by your nervy canine. So, what can you do about it? Let’s work through our top waggly-tail tips.H
Batten down the hatches, draw the curtains – there’s a storm about to hit and the forecast isn’t looking good (especially for Fido).
Hiding, whining, scratching, peeing – these are just some of the symptoms of a dog suffering from “Thunder Phobia”, a condition that typically begins between the ages of 2 and 4, and which gets worse over time.
They say that the hardest thing about having a dog is saying goodbye to them far too soon. Most pet owners dote on their pooches as if they were children, but they are always subconsciously aware that, on average, a dog will live to be around 12 years old, if they are in good health.
When we think of dogs, we tend to imagine a happy, goofy companion that loves to play and, most of all, loves to be sat right by our side. A running joke in the dog-parent community is the fact that our pooches absolutely lack personal space and usually, it is impossible to even go to the bathroom in peace. What most people don’t realize—and that includes some dog owners—is that our canine companions can experience emotional issues like stress, anxiety, and, in the worst cases, depression. What’s more, because the powers that be failed to give dogs the ability to talk, the only way they can get our attention to alert us that something is wrong, is by acting out in some very strange ways.
If you have ever suffered from an anxiety attack, you will understand exactly how horrific it can be at the time. While you struggle to breathe or focus, you usually find it in you to vocalize your need for help, so just imagine how much worse it would be if you couldn’t even ask anyone for help? Unfortunately, dogs that suffer from anxiety have to go through exactly that each time they feel nervous. Whether it is separation anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or one of the many other anxiety disorders, they feel completely panicked, but they aren’t able to tell us—the pet owners—what is wrong and what they need. Fortunately, canine anxiety will often manifest itself through symptoms that usually include shaking, panting, and whining, which is what alerts us to help them overcome their disorder.
From petrified pooch to confident canine – In seven simple steps
Oh Fido. It’s tough to see him frightened and not really have a clue as to how to help (or what he’s even scared of). From jumping at the slightest sound, to following you EVERYWHERE, and showing tell-tale signs of fear (such as a dropped tail, crouching and panting), it’s always pretty clear when you’ve got a nervy canine on your hands.
Dog Aggression – Setting the record straight and laying out the warning signs
Wow. There is just SO much misinformation out there when it comes to aggressive dogs. Truth be told, any dog breed can be aggressive. Not just Pits, not just breeds that used to be fighting dogs. Oh, and while we’re at it, the so-called ‘ankle snapper’ title isn’t deserved – dogs such as terriers, Dachshunds and Miniature Schnauzers aren’t more prone to aggression simply because they’re small.
If you think insomnia is solely a human issue, then you might be surprised to hear that it is not. Dogs (and even cats) can suffer from sleepless nights and insomnia is something that affects them equally as much as it does humans. Remarkably, many of the reasons that humans suffer from insomnia are the same reasons that cause dogs to be unable to sleep.
Any dog owner will have experienced the feelings of guilt when leaving their four-legged friend alone even for just a short amount of time. While it is completely natural for dogs to miss us and want us to come home as soon as possible, some dogs suffer severe cases of separation anxiety on a different level. Not only does this make going out on our own somewhat of a chore, but it also can cause your dog problems, not to mention your couch, shoes, table… the list goes on! Fortunately, there is now a completely natural way to ease separation anxiety and reduce the symptoms of anxiety in dogs using CBD treats.
As a dog owner, dealing with canine separation anxiety and distress can sound like a daunting task. When you become a dog parent, you never even think about the potential behavioral issues that might arise and the thought of having a dog that struggles with anxiety almost seems slightly absurd. The reality is, though, that at one point or another during your life of being a doggy parent, you are going to have to deal with issues and one of the most common is learning how to correctly and effectively treat separation anxiety.