I hear a lot about mental health issues in people, but did you know that dogs can suffer with issues such as anxiety?
Dog anxiety can affect all breeds and can become a serious problem if not dealt with correctly by their owners. Luckily, the thing with dog anxiety is that it CAN be solved! There can be a number of reasons as to why your dog can feel anxious such as being separated from you or being left alone. Leon prides himself on using a strict “hands off approach” meaning that he believes you should never use negative behaviour or touch your dog to get them to behave or change their way of thinking! By using a number of techniques including desensitisation, I can change your dogs negative behaviours and experiences and turn them into positive experiences, therefore changing your dogs response.
Some signs of anxiety to look out for include:
- Tail tucked in
- More withdrawn than normal
- Biting / Chewing
- Urinating or defecating in the house
- Destructive behaviour
- Excessive barking, and many more
However the most dangerous symptom of anxiety is aggression and if not dealt with properly can be devastating for both the owner and the dog! With a few simple techniques and guidance from our dog magician Leon, all of these symptoms can be dealt with in a positive and enjoyable way and can be a problem of the past!