Is Your Dog the Anxious Type?
By John Gilpatrick
Strangers, thunderstorms, other dogs — the list of things canines are afraid of starts there and continues on to include all sorts of various quirks that differ from dog to dog.
Those quirks are dependent on who and what a dog becomes familiar with during the brief and sensitive period for socialization in their development, explains Dr. Michele Wan, a Connecticut-based certified applied animal behaviorist. This period lasts from three to three and a half months of age.
“During this time, they need to have positive experiences with people, animals, and other stimuli, including sights and sounds,” she says. Those experiences include objects, too. Without exposure to a particular object during this time, a dog may be suspicious of that object — a bicycle, a box, etc. — later in life.
But not all dogs express fear in obviously identifiable ways. Trembling, crying, and running away are all fairly recognizable signs of fear and anxiety, but sometimes dogs are more subtle.
Keep reading for eight surprising signs of canine anxiety.
This article was verified and edited for accuracy by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM