Eight causes of dog anxiety and ways to assist

Traumatic situations like being attacked by a dog, beaten by a human, or hearing a loud sound might affect your dog's emotional health.

Unsocialized puppies can grow apprehensive in new surroundings. Socialization should be done carefully with short positive exposures to new environments.

Medical issues include pain, thyroid abnormalities, and hormonal imbalances can cause dog anxiety. Many dogs with noise phobias are in agony.

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Unfortunately, some dogs are born into puppy mills or have anxious parents. Many puppy mill pups are malnourished and uninformed about life. 

The stomach is called the ‘second brain’ for a reason! Our dogs' stomachs produce most of their serotonin, which regulates mood.

Anxious dogs benefit from routines. Since they can predict what would happen, they feel more relaxed.

A descendent of the St. John Dog and a relative of the Newfoundland, the Labrador retriever was developed by 16th-century Newfoundlanders.

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