Anxiety in dogs can be caused by various reasons such as fear, separation, or even simply aging.
This is one of the most common forms of dog anxiety, affecting an estimated 14% of dogs. Separation anxiety in dogs occurs when a dog cannot stay calm and find comfort when they are separated from their family, even for short periods of time. Many dog’s anxieties manifest in undesirable behaviors like destroying furniture, barking or urinating, and defecating in the house or their crate.
Anxiety Caused by Fear
There are many things that a dog can find scary that humans wouldn’t think twice about. Fear-based anxiety in dogs can be caused by loud noises, new or strange environments, visual stimuli, walking on certain surfaces, or riding in the car. Some dogs might have a very short reaction to these stimuli, but anxious dogs may feel afraid for much longer periods of time.
Older dogs may begin to experience anxiety associated with CDS, or cognitive dysfunction disorder. CDS is similar to Alzheimer’s disease for humans. It affects their learning, memory, awareness, and perception, so they may start to feel confused and anxious.