It looks like our dogs are stressed out! And in some cases we humans may be the culprits as our canine buddies pick-up on the [human] stress we’re carrying.
According to a 2020 University of Helsinki study where 13,700 dogs were observed, 72.5 percent of them displayed anxious traits defined as noise sensitivity, general fear, fear of surfaces, impulsivity or lack of attention, compulsive behaviors, aggression, and behaviors relating to separation anxiety.
Identifying pet stresses can be difficult because they are as unique and varied as pet personalities. “Separation anxiety” is one thing, and noise phobia on the Fourth of July is different,” says Dr. Su, Dan Su, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist based in Southern California. He explains that just as when we are addressing human behavior, promoting dog relaxation can be complicated. . . . it’s not going to be an overnight fix, but there’s a lot that can be done to ameliorate the situation for everyone.
Learn a lot more about this by reading the full story here from PureWow.