Telling if your canine friend is in a happy mood can be pretty obvious. From a case of the zoomies to the overjoyed wagging of their furry tails, a happy pup is the center of attention in any given room. However, it may not be as obvious when your pooch is a little high-strung with anxiety. The Del Mar Heights Veterinary Hospital wants to help you recognize and remedy anxiety signs your dog may be expressing.


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:

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


Anxiety can strike at any time. Whether caused by fireworks, separation, or a storm, giving your companion timely and adequate relief is crucial to their well-being and comfort. Contact our team to schedule a behavior consultation for the best plan of action in tackling their anxiety!