How to deal with your dog's anxiety

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1. How To Deal With Your Dog's Psychological Issues Like Anxiety?Despite being mans best friend, a dog share several personalities, tendencies and overallbehaviors with human beings. A dog can be affected psychologically, sometimes due to loneliness,or old age. As the dog grows older, he will develop some behavior, or weaknesses, which can bemanaged too. Some of these conditions will need you to take your pet to a dog health care fortreatment. Nevertheless, most of them can be managed right from your home.Some of the most common problems include the following. Urinary IncontinenceThis is the inability of controlling urine from coming out. As a result, it might lead to urinatingwhile sleeping, forming dribbling subsequent to urinating or urinating bit by bit throughout theday. This condition, mostly occurs in older dogs, which might be caused due to; A mass or a growth that obstructs the urethra A stone formation in the bladder due to an added urine alkalinity. Inadequate exercise or access to the fields or yard. Hormone receptive incontinence, this is caused as a result of not being able to hold the urine.For such a condition, you will be needed to wash the skin around the openings of the urethra inorder to avoid urine burning the area from leakage. You can buy protective pads such as the DogWrap for males or Pet Bloomers for females. Canine CompulsiveThis disorder is typified by too much repetition of a behavior or action. The common behaviorassociated include tail chasing, excessive licking, chasing reflections or shadows or snapping aflying insect.For treating this condition, it will depend on the cause, the treatment might include lesseningstress or constant interaction with the owner. The anti-anxiety medication that is used in humanshas been noted to cut down the compulsive behavior tendencies in dogs. It is advised to usethese drugs together with some training, this will help the dog to adjust his behavior and have alasting result. Separation AnxietyThe most popular symptoms of this condition can include too much vocalization like incessantyelping, barking or crying, escaping, panting, house soiling, anorexia or pacing. A dog loves tosocialize and he will experience anxiety or stress when they are left alone by their companions.This has mostly been noted in puppies as they go to a new home, though adult dogs can also beaffected by the same.Separation anxiety is commonly caused by the physical separation of the owner from the dog.This is a predictable incidence noted in the majority of dogs. Nevertheless, it is a state 2. characterized by a change of routine or habitual separation from the owner. For instance, if thework schedule of the owner changes, that will affect the dog, due to the alteration in the timetaken when with the owner. It might also be caused due to the excess attention and love shownto the dog immediately before separation.For managing this condition, you might want to reduce the attachment with the dog and avoidingattention and affection just before leaving and when returning. You could also teach the dogsome behaviors or actions like fetching your keys when you want to leave or walking you to thedoor.You might also think of counter training, for instance, you could discourage the unwelcomebehavior and encourage a new, enviable behavior. For example, you might teach the dog anumber of separation routines, shorter than the decisive time when the anxiety takes place.These short separations will teach the dog to get used to the imminent separations. If the dogremains relaxed via a number of short separations, then you might apply the counter trainings. Inthis process, you could treat the dog with some marrow-bone, pigs ear when you leave. Ideally,you could leave the dog with something to unwrap as you leave, this would keep him busy andgradually forget about your departure.These are some of the psychological problems linked with dogs, including old age and boredom.Generally, lack of attention and/or mistreatment would depress the dog, and just like a humanbeing, he would be affected psychologically be the condition. You should limit your absencetendencies, or at least teach the little friend how to cope with the situation. If the dog is stillbehaving weirdly, you might want to take him to a dog health care for further check up.