All of these behaviors are typical signs of anxiety in small dogs, so let's explore them more closely.
Some small dogs express their anxiety through aggressive behaviors such as snarling and snapping at anyone or anything they perceive as a threat. Many dog behaviorists believe these pets are overcompensating for their small stature with big reactions designed to fend off what they see as larger aggressors.
Yet another expression of anxiety in small dogs, trembling can range from mild to severe. Some pets will only tremble when under some form of duress, such as when approached by strange people and animals, or during thunderstorms. Other dogs will tremble at the slightest noise.
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Anxiety In Small Dogs | Pauley's Pups
Separation anxiety is one of the most commonly discussed dog behavior problems in small dogs.
Dogs who have been bred to be companions are very susceptible to separation anxiety because they feel they are not doing their job if their human is not right next to them. Some puppies and kittens (), for reasons we do not entirely understand, retain their normal early fear of being left alone. Perhaps these were puppies that were removed from their parents too young or whose mothers were unavailable. Others come from families or breeds of dogs () genetically prone to anxiety. () Many, are multi-owner dogs that bounced from one home to another, from shelter to shelter. I am a licensed foster parent and many of the pets I have seen with this problem remind me a great deal of my foster children. Certainly some of these pets were abused; but only a small percentage of abused pets develop SA. Social risk factors for SA include early maternal rejection by the dame, lack of stimulation, poor maternal health, and neglect as a puppy. The owner’s personality types also play a part in this disease.Some small dogs seem overly anxious most of the time. They may also suffer from separation anxiety, but may may also be nervous even when their owners are home and nearby. An anxious dog is often difficult to handle, especially when the anxiety becomes chronic. Music therapy is one way to help an anxious dog. There are no flaws in the design of the ThunderShirt SPORT Dog Anxiety Jacket. The only shortcoming to the dog anxiety vest is that it can only fit dogs as small as 15 pounds. Toy breeds may be too small to fit in the jacket, which is unfortunate because those tiny pups are some of the most prone to anxiety. Still, the majority of dogs will be able to fit comfortably inside of the dog anxiety vest.