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Things That Upset Your Dog

January 15, 2022

Our canine companions are very emotional. Fido is super cute when he is happy and excited. Of course, dogs can also feel things like sorrow, loneliness, depression, and fear. Being a good pet owner means looking out for your furry pal’s emotional well-being, as well as his physical health. A Fort Collins, CO vet lists some things that can upset your pup in this article.


Punishment

Fido really does strive to please his humans, and he looks very proud of himself when he’s being rewarded for being a good boy. Our furry buddies aren’t perfect, though. Sooner or later, your pup is going to do something he shouldn’t. We know, it can be frustrating to find that your canine pal left a mess in the house, or possibly tore up the trash. Punishing your pooch isn’t the answer, though. For one thing, Fido may not associate his behavior with your reaction, especially if there has been a time lapse between the two. It’s fine to reprimand him verbally, but anything more may just frighten and confuse him, and could make him scared of you.


Being Ignored

Dogs are wonderful pets, but they really do need lots of attention. If you aren’t spending time with Fido and paying attention to him, he may get bored, upset, and even depressed. Carve out some quality time for your furry best friend every day!


Being Separated

Man’s Best Friend is a pack animal by nature. Fido is wired to function as part of a pack. Your canine buddy sees you and your family as his pack, and can get quite distressed when he is away from you. This is known as separation anxiety. (Note: dogs often express their unease by doing things like digging and scratching, which is often misconstrued as simple bad behavior, rather than a reaction to stress.)


Changes

Our four-legged friends always feel safest when they’re on a steady routine. Fido can get pretty unsettled by major changes to his household, routine, or environment. For example, many of the pets that were delighted to have their humans home during lockdown began feeling anxious and lonely as people headed back to work. Pay extra attention to your pooch during major changes!


Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, we are here to help!

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