It can be easier to tell when another person in your life is feeling anxious, but can you tell if your dog is feeling high-strung? Feelings and emotions are expressed differently in canines than humans, so it can be tricky to tell when and if they’re feeling anxious. The Centreville Veterinary Hospital team wants to help you learn how to spot potential anxiety signs in your dog so you can help them get the support they need.

Anxiety signs in dogs

Anxiety signs in dogs can be subtle. If your pet is in a situation that could trigger anxiety, such as hearing a thunderstorm, going for a car ride, or meeting new people, watch for the following signs:

  • Seeking comfort or hiding 
  • Excessive licking or chewing
  • Vocalization
  • Aggression
  • Shaking
  • Excessive panting or drooling
  • Hyperactivity
  • Destruction
  • Inappropriate elimination


How to soothe anxiety in your dog

Depending on what triggers your pet’s anxiety, some management methods may be more effective than others. However, a multimodal treatment plan generally works best. If you notice anxiety issues in your four-legged friend, try a combination of the following steps:

  • Stick to a schedule — Sudden changes in schedule, such as if you return to your office after working from home, can cause increased anxiety in your dog. Try to maintain the same daily schedule.
  • Remove your dog’s anxiety triggers — If your dog becomes increasingly agitated as people walk past your window, block their access. Removing anxiety triggers inside and outside your home can help calm your pet.
  • Exercise with your dog — A bored dog is more prone to behavior issues like anxiety. Daily mental and physical exercise will help tire out your pet and give their mind something else to focus on.
  • Create a safe space If strangers visit or a thunderstorm rolls in, your dog will appreciate having a safe space to retreat to that’s outfitted with a cozy bed and plenty of long-lasting treats.


If you find your furry pal suffering from anxiety, whatever the cause may be, don’t hesitate any longer and contact our team to scheduler a behavior consultation and get your pet some much-needed relief and care.