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

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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 roommates 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-...
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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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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 ...
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My pit bull cries for 5 minutes when I leave for work. Is he ok?

I just adopted a 2 year old american staffy / boxer mix 5 days ago. He's been an absolute angel so far! I'm out of the house for 9 hours on week days since I have to work. He cries for about 5 ...
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My puppy pees inside even though I think I'm doing everything right

I have a 6 month old Shih Tzu and I feel like I am following all of the standard advice about house training him to not pee inside. I live in NYC on the 8th floor, but with a balcony. We have a crate, ...
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My dog only pees in the house when I'm not home [duplicate]

My 13 month old dog started peeing in the house again after being house trained. He would only do it at night (when I was asleep) or when I would go out. At first it seemed just like an accident, ...
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How do I help my dog adjust after moving?

My dog: Sex: Female Breed: Chihuahua/French Poodle Age: 9 Had surgery for a breast tumor a year and a half ago. No further sign of tumors. Previous Location: Mother's home 4 bedrooms (3 residents)...
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What can I do to stop my cat urinating indoors?

My cat is normally very well behaved - he is used to going outside and always uses his litter box. However he has recently had surgery on his foot and must stay indoors and wear a cone on his head ...
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How can I make my dog comfortable with riding in the elevator?

We have a charming once-feral puppy. We've had him for two months and only just got him going on regular walks in the last week. (see How do I convince my dog that a collar or harness is not the end ...
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Dog crying at night in different house

At my house during the night, my dog sleeps downstairs and is quite quiet. However when we stay over at my girlfriend's house he cries a lot during the night. Her dog initially stays in hall, but ...
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What breeds of dog are known for handling separation anxiety well? [closed]

My wife and I are looking for a dog, preferably a larger breed of dog such as a Siberian Husky or German Shepherd. The problem that I am having with the situation is that my wife and I both live an ...
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My dog is destroying things and peeing inside when I am at work. How can I get him to stop?

I have a 7.5 year old pit bull and he likes to destroy things while I am at work (the couch, anything kind of box left out, anything left on the table - edible or not) and he likes to pee inside. He ...
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How do I help my dog with major leash anxiety?

I am fostering a dog who was left chained to a fence outdoors for several days. Inside our house, he is friendly and very affectionate with all people. He has a healthy, shiny coat, he's extremely ...