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Anxiety provoking situations and behaviors. Signs and symptoms relating to anxiety, and possible solutions.

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My dog screams when I take the other one out to potty

I have two dogs; one German Shepherd (8 months old) and a pit/Shepherd mix (1 year old). The German Shepherd barks at everything, for example if he sees someone run or his brother is running or just ...
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I spooked my cat yesterday and now he has become suspicious of everything at home. How to bring him back to normal?

I have two cats, both male. Both are very playful and active. Yesterday when we got some new groceries, we got a broomstick which came wrapped in a red plastic and thus there was long red shaped thing ...
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Leopard gecko seems sick

Just a few nights of having our baby leopard gecko, the poor thing escaped because we did not have access to an appropriate tank until a few days later. After an hour of searching, we found it under a ...
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How do I train my dog to not get overexcited when getting on or off public transport?

I have a 6-year old Malinois who is, all in all, relatively well-behaved by now. Taking her on a bus or a train however, is a nightmare. To be more precise, getting on or off the bus or train is the ...
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Cat stressed by being shut out of bedroom

Typical meowing and scratching at door after I adopted her. I didn't want her in there because I tried it the first night and she stepped on my face at like 3 AM. Sleep is sacred. It's been several ...
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My cat is terrified of me

My wife bought a pretty shy kitten, but after a while it got used to me and was even jumping on my shoulders in the morning purring when I was getting ready for work. She almost wouldn't leave my side....
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Is it ok to lock my cat for half an hour to clean my room? If not how should I do it?

I adopted my cat ~4 months ago from a shelter, he was a stray before. About a few days in, I did the terrible mistake of cleaning my room with a vacuum cleaner. In my defense, in the shelter they told ...
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I'm very exhausted giving ear drops to my overly skittish cat. I can't take him treating me like a threat. What should I do?

Context: I got my cat ~2 months ago. He was in a shelter, and he was very sweet when I first saw him so I decided to adopt him. Unfortunately, they didn't let me to because he still had some small ear ...
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Cat won't take any form of medication

My cat is a 5 year old female She has always been a scaredy cat and has never let me pick her up unless when she is asleep. Even then she tries to escape. To add more information: she was given ...
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Did I Traumatize My Puppy?

I have a 5 month old puppy who's pretty much attached to my hip and feels super comfortable around me. However, I have noticed recently that he seems to get agitated sometimes whenever I try to pick ...
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Cat spooked of a balloon, he is traumatized and I’m at a loss

I went out of town on the day of my roommate's birthday. I had gotten her a balloon. Unfortunately, I didn’t know balloons scared cats so much and I feel terrible. The balloon was out from Friday to ...
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Dog lunges at other dogs

Ok so I have a Male Rhodesian Ridgeback who is 1 year and 3 months old. I started him in puppy classes when he was 11 months old. I have never stopped taking him for training at a school. He knows a ...
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Why is my dog so anxious at night?

Our year-old golden retriever has been having a hard time going to sleep at night lately. During the day, when nobody is around, he sleeps fine. However, at night, he digs at the bed, barks, and pants ...
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Dog reactive seeing dogs on walks but fine meeting dogs indoors

I have a rescue dog (Luna) who's a wonderful and affectionate dog inside the house but very reactive to other dogs when we're out on walks If she catches wind of another dog (even at some distance) ...
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Training for Canine Parking Lot Anxiety (?)

I am fortunate enough to be able to take my dog on an afternoon outing (nearly everyday) with the goal of wearing her out. We typically stop at one of the local grocers on the way home for any missing ...
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My dog after 7 years is now walking behind me; she now hates her harness

My dog always walked at my side or a little in front of me, both positions allow me to see her clear and predict if she is sensing a dog nearby. She used to be slightly to moderately reactive. But ...
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I over correct my dog and now he's scared

I and my roommate both have dogs and we recently (6 months) moved into a new place. I thought the dogs were getting adjusted fine, we walk the dogs around the new area to get familiar and now have a ...
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Diabetic and anxiety

My dog has been diagnosed with diabetes. Today he will not let me pet him he just starts yelping. When my husband came near him he climbed on my lap but when I touched him he started yelping. I know ...
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Anxious dog howls and screams when we take our other dog out

So we have three dogs ages 5, 3, and 7 months. We take the two older dogs outside to go potty at the same time and take the puppy separately because she gets distracted to easily. Whenever we take the ...
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Dogs adjusting to move strangely

My dogs, Radar and Zuko are adjusting to our moving a little strangely. I got them at 8 weeks old and they had been living in our old house with me as their “parent”. I walk them, trained them, feed ...
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I live in an upstairs condo and my new dog refuses to go down stairs

I recently adopted a 9 month old female doberman mix dog. She is the sweetest thing, however she seems to have very high stress and anxiety. She seems to be terrified of the stairs which is the only ...
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My dog scratches at the floor during fireworks. What can I do to make him feel safe?

Sometimes when there is a thunderstorm or fireworks my dog will become restless and scratch at the front door or back door. If I open the door he doesn't move, but if I walk away he will begin ...
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My cat is terrified ALL THE TIME. How do I fix this?

Three years ago, my wife and I adopted a cat from a coworker's relative. She's a very small calico/manx, and she was about 1 year old when we adopted her. We have no reason to believe she has ever ...
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Issue with fearful/anxious dog I occasionally petsit

Occasionally I look after 4 chihuahuas. 3 of them are always 100% fine, but the 1 dog is timid/anxious/fearful. When the owner is there, she is ok though still timid/shy, but as soon as the owner is ...
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Problems with cat hiding and stressing from overnight guests

Long story short, I have a friend who needs to place to stay for a while and I've offered to let her stay with me. The issue is, last time I had friends spend the night at my house, my cat refused to ...
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Dog barks only when she thinks she's alone

About the Dog: ~3 years old ~30lbs Rescued Stray Spayed Finnish Spitz / Miniature Belgian Sheepdog / Mix Background First week I had her, I worked from home for house breaking, crate training, and ...
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My 2 Year Old Chihuahua cries loudly after I leave

I have a 2 year old Chihuahua (Oli) that has been through the ringer. I got him in June of 2017 so not even a year ago. He attached to me very quickly. He was not potty trained and did not have any ...
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How do I stop my cat from getting scared when guests come over?

I bought a kitten when it was young (6-8 weeks) and now it is two years old. Whenever people come over it always hides under the bed. Sometimes it stays under the bed for days after the person left ...
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Dog has issues to stay home alone after move

I've looked at quite some separation anxiety questions and none seems to tackle the problem we're facing. I do not think that this is a duplicate. Dog: soon to be 8yo female Lab-x (probably) ...
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Food anxiety in former stray cat?

We adopted a stray cat a little over two weeks ago; she’s about a year old. She's a total house cat, but she was very skinny when rescued so we have no idea how long she spent in the streets. Now that ...
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How do I make my cat accept the new vacuum robot?

The situation I recently bought one of those vacuum robots that wander around the house to clean it. I set it to clean the flat twice a day (it takes ~1 hour to clean the whole flat), and I'm having ...
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How will the eclipse affect my pet?

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the US mainland will experience a total eclipse for the first time in decades. Is there anything special I need to do to prepare my pets? Will they be anxious about the ...
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Scared-Anxiety or some superstition stuff?

I have a problem with my 8 (soon 9) year old labrador. At night he runs away and always come back really tired but keeps going outside every night. From time to time he howls outside the house (alone)....
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How do I get my dog to stop peeing in the house when he has a doggie door?

I have recently had to go back to work leaving my 9 year old Schnoodle all alone for 9-10 hours a day. Every day when I come home he is excited to see me then lays in his bed once I come in the house. ...
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Is the cat trying to communicate by leaving toys in significant places?

My boyfriends cat will often bring toys and leave them in places that seem to have meaning. This morning he found 3 toys in the spot where he sits to put on his work shoes every morning. What could ...
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Dog anxious inside, calm outside

We got a dog a few days ago. He's a 1 year old Chesapeake Bay/Lab mix according to the vet. He was found abandoned in the country, rescued, made it to us eventually. He's not yet neutered, we're going ...
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Shivering dog: Anxiety Vest or some other method?

TL;DR: Are anxiety vests effective for dogs? What else can I do to make my dogs anxiety go away? I have a nearly 12 year old male Boston Terrier. The dog is my girlfriend's. Shes had him for ...
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How to house-train a dog with separation anxiety?

I recently got a 7 to 8 month old rescue, who I believe was previously abused / abandoned. He is loving towards people, but is extremely anxious when left alone. I am trying to crate train him, ...
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Sometimes my dog refuses to eat, just sits next to his bowls and does nothing

I've got a 2 year old parsons russell terrier, Bentley. He works with me - we do dog boarding and dog sitting from my home and we always have at least one other dog over. Therefore I can never leave ...
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My German Shorthaired Pointer is displaying nervousness and anxiety: what can I do?

My German Shorthaired Pointer is having issues since our entire family has moved to a new home and yard. She never tore up anything in our house when we would leave her alone, but ever since we moved ...
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Containment Anxiety

I have a male mini Daschsund who has what I have identified as severe containment anxiety which he has had since the age of 10 weeks when I brought him home. It was originally misdiagnosed as ...
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My male cat is attacking my female cat; female so scared she urinates herself

My wife and I are at our wits end with two of our cats and want to see what advice people have for us. Here's the problem: Larry, a male, stalks and attacks Curly Sue, a female. In the past, we have ...
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Cat littermates afraid to be alone for even a moment

I adopted two littermates, a boy and a girl a few months ago. They get along very well, but there is a problem: they cannot stand to be apart for even a few minutes. If I put one in the bedroom and ...
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8 year old boxer pees in his crate every time I leave

He has done this off and on throughout his life, but it's getting worse. He is crate trained, but will still pee in it when I leave. I take him out before we go, and always tell him bye and that I ...
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How do I stop my 2 year old Siamese from soiling my bed and my nan's bed (on occasion, the dog's bed)?

I got Sunny from a breeder almost 2 years ago. He was approximately 14 weeks old. For the first week or so he continued to soil on the bed, and refused to go in the litter box. After some swapping ...
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Dog hates to stay home alone

There are other questions around this issue, but I'd like to ask about specific circumstances, so it's not a duplicate. My dog hates to stay home alone. My wife thinks this is separation anxiety, but ...
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Will I ever be able to hold my rabbit?

I adopted a 2-year-old Holland lop two months ago from a devoted family who was getting ready to move and couldn't bring the rabbit with them. I've never owned a rabbit before but as I have lots of ...
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My affenpinscher has severe leash anxiety

She is a one year old rescue affenpinscher. She has a bit of sassy attitude, but we are in training to make us all better. We have taken her on walks since we first got her with no issues what so ever....
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What is a Thundershirt and is it safe for my cat?

I've heard about the Thundershirt for cats and dogs and wanted to know how and why it works, if it actually works. And is it actually safe for my cat to wear one. I'm interested in people's ...
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What could cause my dog to bite/pull her own hair out?

The title pretty much says it - my dog, Chewy, has been biting and pulling the hair out on her front arms. Her name was given before this problem started. :) It's not every day, and I cannot find a ...