Who would ever think your dog would need a mental health day. How about a mental health week, month or year? Dogs have anxiety/stress issues, just like we do. Barking incessantly, destructive behavior and biting are the three most common reactions to stress or anxiety, but there are many others as well. Did you know dogs can get depressed, just like you and I? And don’t get me started on how they can pick up on your moods. Dogs are very sensitive creatures and if you are upset or angry, expect your dog to know about it. What if your dog is your comforter, but they have their own issues – estimations show that almost 20% of America’s dogs have issues with separation anxiety.
Don’t be an absent owner when it comes to your pet’s mental health. Check out this article from Family Dog and learn how to spot the signs. Don’t be afraid to ask for help either – there are so many options out there.