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Canines are very much like humans in the emotions they have, with all breeds experiencing joy, sadness, excitement, anger, fear and more. However, in this blog, we focus on anxiety - a healthy enough emotion when experienced from time to time - but one that can grow and develop into other issues that even dog training can struggle to deal with. 

It’s something that affects different breeds of dogs in different ways and however it manifests, it’s important, as a dog owner or animal care provider, to be able to spot the signs so that they can be treated. That’s precisely what we’ll be looking at in this blog, in addition to showing you how online dog training courses can help you be a better owner or even work in the animal care industry.

The Causes of Canine Anxiety

Ok, so anxiety in dogs can be caused by a number of things, from fear to age to being separated from their owners. Whether talking about a nervous trip to the vets or something as simple as an unfamiliar face in the family home, there’s much that can cause your dog to feel uneasy.

The signs of canine anxiety to watch out for include:

  • Unusually aggressive behaviour
  • Defecation or urination in the home
  • Destructive behaviour such as ruining furniture
  • Excessive levels of barking
  • Drooling & panting 
  • Repetitive behaviours 
  • Restlessness or continual pacing around the home
  • Depression

As you'll learn on dog behaviour courses, any of these symptoms can occur at any time, with the possibility of more than one happening simultaneously. It shouldn’t be too hard to spot though, as these kinds of behaviours tend to stand out from how they normally act.

Getting Your Dog Treatment for Anxiety

If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, it’s crucial to talk to your vet as soon as you can, so that they can suggest the appropriate treatment. This might take the form of modern options like canine CBD oil, obedience training or medication for any underlying health issues that may be causing it.

The important factor in all of this is that you notice the issue and get it resolved so that your furry friend gets expert help to once again feel happy and content. It can be tricky to spot, but when you’re aware of what to look out for, the job gets a whole lot easier.

Improve Your Animal Care Skills at Your Own Pace

So, if you’d like to improve your canine caring skills to be a better owner or even start a rewarding career in the animal care industry, online training like our Certificate In Dog Psychology, Behaviour & Training can give you the knowledge you need. It’s industry-approved, counts towards your Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points and equips you with the skills required to work in the sector. 

Able to be taken as and when you have time, our modular video-based dog training courses are created in collaboration with industry experts and offer an engaging and stimulating learning experience. If you’d like to know more about anything described here, don’t hesitate to visit us online at

If however, you’d prefer to speak to us directly about your training needs, all you need to do is call our friendly team of advisors on 1300 611 404 and they’ll do their utmost to assist.

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