Anxiety In Dogs

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Registered: 06-16-2003
Anxiety In Dogs
Sun, 08-31-2003 - 1:58am
I have a 7 month old rat terrier puppy who has anxiety problems. Every time I leave the house he screams for me. I know he does this because my dad and brother have told me that he does. I've also heard him screaming for me from way down the street from my house.

During thunder storms, even the littliest bit of thunder, he gets extremely scared. He either hides somewhere or comes running to me and stays glued to me for hours. He also shakes like he's having a seizure because he gets so scared.

Another thing he does is bark at everything and everyone. When someone comes into my house, he barks, when he's riding in the car with me and sees a person or dog, he barks, and when I'm taking him for a walk and he sees someone, he barks. It doesn't matter when it is, he will bark at it.

When I don't pay attention to him for several minutes, then approach him slowly, he rolls on his back, puts his tail between his legs and shakes really bad like he's scared of me and thinks he did something wrong. I have no idea why he does this, because I have never abused him or anything like that. He is the most spoiled dog ever, and I understand why he'd act like this towards me.

Does anyone know why he acts like this? I would like to get him some over the counter anxiety medicine, but their's so many different types that I'm not sure which one to get. What's the best anxiety medicine for dogs that have symptoms like my baby boy has? You can either reply back on here or email me at Him acting like this is really upsetting and worrying me. I need to get him some help soon. Thanks so much!!

~ Candiss

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Registered: 03-23-2003
In reply to: skye2400
Sun, 08-31-2003 - 5:27am
Welcome skye2400 to Pets on the Web! I don't have any dogs, but I have cats and I know what works with them when they get scared of storms, etc. There is a product called Rescue Remedy and you can purchase it at a health food store. It's made of 5 different flower herbs and it's a stress reliever. You can just add about 4-5 drops to your doggies water. I would do that when the storms and car rides come up. Or even if you take him for a walk. The other thing you talk about when he barks like that when you leave, I believe that is Separation Anxiety. I believe they could help you with that on the dogs message board. Also, ivillage has several articles on it as well.

Here is the link to the dog message board. I bet there are a ton of people that can relate to your story there:

Here is an article I found through iVillage's Symptom Solver:,,413226_419050,00.html

And here is an article that is all about Separation Anxiety:,,166998_546792,00.html

Keep in mind the Rescue Remedy. It's worth a shot and won't hurt your dog since it is all natural ingredients. I hope this helps you somewhat!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will come and post with us again! Do you have any pics of your dog? A website? I would love to see pics of him! Take care and remember if you don't get any answers you feel comfortable with, the best thing is to consult your vet.

Have a great day! ;-)


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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: skye2400
Sun, 08-31-2003 - 9:56am
Hi Candiss, You're little guy is reacting in a normal way. Dogs are naturally pack animals that realize there is a leader...the "alpha" At his young age, he has accepted you as the "alpha" of his home. That is why he lays on his back and becomes submissive. He is very close to you and is trying to get your acceptence. I have 3 small dogs, Miniature Pinschers. Cricket is almost 3 years old, Sadie is just over 1 year old, and Kenton is 11 months. All three are spoiled absolutely rotten! (just ask my husband lol) Since Cricket was here first, the other two have accepted her as the alpha dog. Sadie lays on her back and shivers when Cricket comes near to show this. Kenton sits at attention. And who, you may ask is Crickets leader? You guessed it, me! One thing that would help you alot is obedience training for your little baby. Also, you could ask your question on the Canine Behavior Board here at i-Village. They will have some very good helpful advice for you. I've never had a Rat Terrier, but I have heard they are alot like MinPins. They bark at a leaf falling off a tree! lol You can e-mail me or visit me at Min Pin Moms board if I can help you in any way. Good luck and let us know how things are going ok? Brenda