How does anxiety manifest in dogs?
I’ve had Duke since 2009. Before I rescued him he tried at least three other homes and it didn’t work out! He was around one and a half years old at the time. He was already scarred by unknown events that happened in his life prior to being rescued.
In the beginning, when Kim, his foster mom, told me he was in the habit of running away I could not imagine … Until he jumped over my fence and I lost him, and found him a couple of times, until I understood that he needed special attention.
Why was he running away? Was he expecting a better home elsewhere? I will never know.
Duke no longer manifests his anxiety by running away. The bonding between us is so strong that when I leave the house he probably wonders if I’m coming back, or is he abandoned again… At least this is my explanation as to why he ate my homework!!!
I have a routine before I leave my companion pets alone: they go out, I prepare treats for everyone, including a nut for my African Grey parrot, I turn on the radio for them and I reassure them, just as I did with my kids, that “mommy always comes back.” The routine is designed to ease potential anxiety. Sometimes I leave the TV on and diffuse in the air the scent of lavender, known for its calming effects.
And yet, yesterday it didn’t work!!! Duke ate my homework! Literally, a box in which I had stored some of my most valued college papers. He opened the door to the room where I had all my files stored, and this picture illustrates how my office looked when I came back home.
Since there are always many ways to look at events in our lives, the good and the bad, the bright side of what happened is that now I will be forced to really organize my file cabinet, but not today…
If you have any other TIPS on how to deal with soothing pets’anxiety, please share with us.
Meanwhile, I will continue to love Duke even if he truly ate my homework!!!