Dog with anxiety

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-10-2003
Dog with anxiety
Tue, 01-22-2013 - 9:24pm

I was wondering if someone can help me with a dog I have. We have had him over 10 years and he is a black lab around 36 pounds. However, I cannot sit on couch without him. If I get up he is following me and when I am walking back to couch he is jumping on waiting for me to sit down then when I do he is there right next to me and if he doesnt feel his is close enough he does what he needs to do to get closer. When he gets down he runs around with tail between his legs and within 5 minutes back up on couch next to me. I know that when he goes I am going to miss this but I am going away on weekend trip and really freaking out how he is going to be. I really feel he has anxiety and not sure what to do, If I go to bed he is at the door trying to get in and doesnt rest much through night cuz he is trying to get in.....any suggestions..thanks.

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Wed, 01-23-2013 - 2:36pm

Hi paulssweety and Welcome to the Board.

Is this something new...or has your dog always acted this way?  Have you had him from a puppy or is he a rescue dog?

Years ago I had a yellow lab ^Valentine^.  We saw her on the day she was born, and brought her home at about 9 weeks old.  She was terrified of everyone and everything....we could never figure out way. She was loved and pampered all her short life (we lost her at 8YO due to choronic kidney failure)....but anytime there was a new person in the house, or she heard a noise....she would freak out completely.  She was only happy with my DH and myself, and one neighbor.  Other than that she always seemed frightened.

If you can give me a little more information perhaps I can help.