Canine anxiety symptoms aren’t easy to define because they vary widely from dog to dog, and many of them are very subtle. One of the most common symptoms that many dogs show is excessive barking. If your dog barks excessively and has difficulty calming after he is startled, he’s definitely anxious.
Some dogs may show anxiety symptoms under determines situations as when the gardener is in the yard or during thunderstorms. Hiding or seeking solitude are also symptoms of anxiety, as is hiding behind the owner, jumping on laps or otherwise seeking comfort from the owner.
Other symptoms, such as panting, yawning, shaking and licking, are more subtle. All of these behaviors are normal in certain circumstances but, when displayed in different contexts, can also be nervous behaviors. For example, dogs pant when they exercise, but if they haven’t recently exercised, panting is usually caused by anxiety.
Excessive energy can also be a great disguise for anxiety. Though sometimes dogs jump or run through the house because they want attention, it can also be caused by anxiety. A good gauge is looking at the circumstances of the behavior. If you just got home from work, this is attention-seeking behavior. However, if your dog does it every time you vacuum, that’s anxiety.
Diagnose in basically based on clinical symptoms and it’s very important to determine the dog’s normal behavior when he’s calm.
The first step is finding a place where he finds himself calm, it may be the back yard or his cabinet. When he gets anxious, take him to that place and let him get calm. Do not shout at him because this is not a punishment, this is a treatment.
Tray to present him to his fear in low level (when possible), and reward him when he acts normally. You may also need a professional.