If your dog’s behaviour has been out of character, he has been been acting over excited destructively damaging possessions, yelping or barking all day when you're out then they may be showing signs of dog anxiety symptoms.
As a dog owner it can be very aggravating to find damaged possessions and a big mess when you return home. But how do you find out if your dog has dog anxiety or just needs some behavioural coaching.
Till now, the only way to gain a decisive diagnosis of dog anxiety was to go to your vet and complete a questionnaire. Visiting the vet is a good way to gain a professional diagnosis however , for most it might also be pricey.
The vet’s in my area gave a quote from $30.00 to $60.00 solely for this type of assessment. Four out of five vets said that while the dog was at the vet centre they would try to also conduct a physical health check. The added health check would in turn increase the cost for their professional services.
Are there other ways to discover if a dog has anxiety?
Yes, there is. Dog anxiety is fairly simple to diagnose when you have the proper tools. There are assessment tools available on the web which are very similar to the questionnaires that the vets use to assess if dog anxiety is present. These assessment tools will also show how serious your dogs ‘ anxiety symptoms are.
When to Conduct a Dog Anxiety Assessment.
This kind of assessment can be conducted anytime. It just needs you to respond to some questions regarding your dog truthfully.
If your dog is healthy and hasn’t had any significant health aliments they’re an excellent candidate for the dog anxiety assessment. If your dog has continuing health issues then it is smart to go to the vet to analyze if their behavior is linked to their health condition.
Treating Dog Separation Anxiety Effectively.
It is really important to appreciate what you are dealing with. A dog with separation anxiety needs to be treated in a very different way to one who is just behaving badly because they are bored. Dog who’ve mild stress symptoms need to be treated differently to those who have serious anxiety issues.