If your pet has anxiety issues, please follow the steps below


Most pet owners believe that their furry family members also have feelings. Fans of animal-free lifestyles often express their suspicions, but the evidence of animal emotions is well documented. Obviously, common household pets (such as cats and dogs) can express basic feelings of fear, excitement, satisfaction and yes-even anxiety.

Pet anxiety is most common in dogs, but even small mammals such as hamsters and rabbits can sometimes be troubled. Animal anxiety can lead to abnormal and sometimes destructive behaviors, all of which can cause damage to the entire family. If your pet is showing anxiety, you can take the following steps to help him or her overcome the anxiety. These steps may not completely cure the condition, but at least it can calm it.

Determine the cause of anxiety

Your pet's anxiety stems from certain things. It can be an event, an object, or a combination of both. Whether it's your vacuum cleaner or crossing the street that brought your pet Heebie-Jeebies, identifying the specific source will help you target anxiety.

Use positive association

For example, if your pet is shaking in the foreground of entering your car, you can try to imitate her to reduce fear. Try a short exercise to put your pet in a terrible situation, and then immediately reward him for handling it. This promotes a positive connection; it gives your pet the opportunity to combine disturbing activities with what he expects, thereby helping him eliminate the triggers of fear. But please be careful not to overdo this exercise, because you don't want it to have the opposite effect.

Use interference

Simply distracting from anxiety triggers can be very effective. Distraction is best for temporary triggers that you cannot control, such as thunder or fireworks.

Instead of putting up with another episode where your beloved fur ball hides under the bed when the thunder is rolling, it is better to encourage her to get a favorite toy. Give her a rare treat, even just a luxurious abdominal massage. It will not be long before she will gradually end the prosperity of doom, and both of you will be grateful.

Training can help

If you have ever left your pet at home to run errands and then come back in a mess in front of your puppy's paws, you are all too familiar with the classic case of pet anxiety. Your furry family member can't be at home without you, so he eats your favorite pair of shoes or rips the morning paper into dirty, wet pieces. You can't be a hermit, and you can't carry your puppy to work, so the next best solution is behavioral training.

Experts like Cesar Millan regularly train dogs for anxiety, they swear. Although watching a few episodes of "The Dog Whisperer" may give you an idea of your expectations, the best way is to find a local trainer for you and your friends. Training may involve patterning, but it includes much more than that. Once you and your pet learn the most effective tools to combat his or her personal anxiety, you can use them to create a more pleasant future.

Pet anxiety is an obstacle that neither humans nor animals should tolerate. Let's face it-even if you are mourning those crushed shoes, you are heartbroken for the pet's pain. Follow the preliminary steps above to make your pet more comfortable. If all else fails, consulting your veterinarian is your next best move.