Causes of separation anxiety: history of abandonment, multiple owners, keep changing the home, or prior neglect is common. The dog get sent to a new home because of separation anxiety.
Toxic conditions, such as lead poisoning, may lead to behavioral problems, including fears, phobias, active escape behavior and anxieties.
Any illness or painful physical condition increases anxiety and contributes to the development of fears, phobias, and anxieties. Also dogs that are deprived of social and environmental exposure.
Signs of anxieties: include trembling, tail tucked, withdrawal, hiding, reduced activity licking and biting at the self.
The best way to desensitize your dog is to expose your dog to the thing that frightens him/her.
For example, if your dog is afraid of the garbage truck sound start by allowing the dog to hear it from far away. Once the dog is comfortable at that distance, you could let the sound get closer to your dog.
Eventually you would work up to his/her being comfortable with the sound up close. Your dog will learn at his/her own pace that the big, scary thing really isn’t so bad.
Never force your dog to confront the thing that frightens him/her, that will make the problem much worse, and create trust issues between you and your dog. Never push your dog over the threshold, learn to read your dog’s body language.
If your dog is shy of people, allow him/her to approach them in her own time.
It is scary for the dog when a person pets the dog over the head. Ask that person to pet your dog on the chest or side of the face without staring at him/her or leaning over him/her. The person can even turn their body to the side. This body language will make your dog more comfortable.
If you need to, go to a professional trainer who specializes in behavior is
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