Throughout the pandemic period, many people adopted dogs for some company and support. Now that things are opening up and slowly returning to normal, many of those same people are now finding that their furry friend has started to cause more stress than happiness, and could even be causing them some serious anxiety issues. In fact, the BBC recently reported that there was a 35% increase in calls related to giving up dogs in towards the end of 2021. We wanted to dig into why this might be happening, and what you can do about it if you find yourself in this situation.
How can dogs make you feel anxious?
- Not behaving
This isn't rocket science, but if your dog isn't behaving then it can seriously impact your mental health and can cause real anxiety issues. The main source of anxiety could be that every time you take your dog outside for a walk, you're worried about how they'll behave towards other people and dogs. It could be as simple as just barking at other dogs, but could be as serious as potentially attacking someone, even a child. If your dog is having behavior issues then it's no surprise that anxiety issues could follow for you.
- Costing you money
Again, not rocket science. Most people should know that a dog will cost money, but sometimes dogs can be a lot more expensive than anticipated. It can be really bad if your dog is injured as a puppy, not only because of the harm caused to the dog but also because of the bills incurred by you, and then the anxiety that follows you for the rest of the dog's life as you worry about another injury causing more harm and costing you more money.
- Shorter life
This is a little different from the 2 above because the more you love your dog the worse this can be for your anxiety. It is no secret that dogs tend to die before humans, and if your dog is your number 1 companion in life, then the thought of life without your dog can be a serious source of anxiety.
What can you do about it?
Hopefully, these tips have helped you to get to the bottom of how dogs can cause you anxiety, and what you can do about it. Let us know how you get on!