Anxiety and fear are closely related. Think of their differences this way. Fear is comprised of the emotional responses related to the presence of anything that makes you uncomfortable (trigger). Anxiety has to do with the “worry” aspect associated with the uncomfortable trigger.
Human Example: I feel physically uncomfortable when I walk in the dentist office (fear). I worry the dentist may find a cavity and have to use his drill (anxiety).
Dog Example: Dog displays fear behavior and balks about going into his crate. Once inside the crate and when the guardians are gone, the dog pants, drools, barks, whines, tries to escape, urinates (shows anxiety related and fear related behaviors). After several days of this the dog starts to show anxiety related behaviors as the humans are getting ready to leave the house and before he’s put into the crate (anxiety).
Anxiety wares greatly on all body systems. It’s extremely unhealthy to live with untreated daily, chronic anxiety. Dogs, like people, who suffer from daily, chronic anxiety are not emotionally sound, and they need help.
Anxious dogs may show a wide variety of behaviors as their anxiety climbs: pant, pace, whine, hide, drool, urinate, defecate, attention seek, bark excessively, jump on you excessively, destroy household items, and cycle between fear-related and anxiety-related behaviors. But please know this: they are not doing ANY of these behaviors to be naughty or to “get back at you.” They are in a physically panicked state.
Many anxious dogs may often seem like “hard-to-train” dogs that “just don’t listen” or “won’t do what their told” even though they’ve been properly trained. If this sounds like your dog, we can help.