Stress Awareness Month in April serves as a reminder to acknowledge and manage stress, not only in humans but also in our furry companions.

Dogs, like humans, can experience anxiety, influenced by various factors such as breed, environment, and past experiences. petGuard, a leading pet insurer, aims to raise awareness of this issue to help dog owners better understand and support their pets’ emotional well-being.

Understanding Separation Anxiety in Dogs

One common form of anxiety in dogs is separation anxiety, affecting around 50% of dogs at some point in their lives. Dogs, known for their loyalty, can exhibit distress when separated from their owners. Signs of separation anxiety include following the owner from room to room, scratching at doors, whining, barking, or engaging in destructive behaviours when left alone. Recognising these signs is crucial for identifying and addressing the issue effectively.

Identifying signs of anxiety in dogs is essential for providing appropriate support. Behavioural cues such as constant panting, repetitive actions, drooling, shaking, hiding, or changes in toileting habits can indicate underlying stress. Understanding these signs enables owners to intervene early and implement strategies to alleviate their pet’s anxiety.

Managing Dog Anxiety

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for managing dog anxiety, awareness and understanding are key. Recognising triggers and implementing positive reinforcement techniques can help ease a dog’s anxiety over time. However, it’s important to remember that every dog is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Seeking advice from a veterinarian or animal behaviourist can provide tailored guidance for addressing specific anxiety issues in dogs.

For more information on dog stress and anxiety, visit the petGuard website at By raising awareness and understanding canine anxiety, pet owners can take proactive steps to support their beloved companions’ mental and emotional well-being.