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Rescued and adopted dogs often suffer from high anxiety

Many rescue and adopted dogs suffer from some form of anxiety. Often it can be difficult to pinpoint what the original cause was and/or impossible to positively modify the dog's reaction to a stimulus that triggers the anxiety if they are suffering from high anxiety. Does your dog shy away from eye contact, stay right next to you always, shake or shiver, yawn often, constantly bark and more? Is it difficult for your new rescue or adopted dog to follow direction and he/she just "seems out there", then you're most likely dealing with high anxiety. You can try anxiety wraps, soothing/calming music designed for dogs, aromatic aroma therapy, to name a few. Yet, when these methods fail to lower the anxiety significantly you may find yourself visiting your vet and discussing anti-depressant medication. Before you can give your new found friend the very direction and structure he/she needs, you must find a way to bring the high anxiety down first. This is crucial to learning and to the overall health of the canine. Dogs that suffer from high axiety have trouble responding to even positive means that involve high valued treats. They may gobble them up, but their learning curve will not rev up :(
 

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dog rehabilitation on Monday, June 03, 2013 3:39 AM
In addition, dog owners took considerably more physical exercise than cat owners and people without pets. The group without pets exhibited no statistically significant changes in health or behaviour. The results provide evidence that pet acquisition may have positive effects on human health and behaviour, and that for dog owners these effects are relatively long term.
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