Are Dogs Who Go Gray Early More Anxious Than Others?

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Are Dogs Who Go Gray Early More Anxious Than Others?

A research study conducted at the University of Colorado (Animal Behavioral Sciences) has shown that dogs that gray early may be linked to anxious behaviors or fear.

A group of 400 dogs were involved in the study, and veterinarians were given a list of behaviors to observe in the dogs that visited their office. Photos were taken of the graying parts of the dogs’ bodies, and then the data was collected by the head scientist. She had suspected gray hair was linked to anxious behaviors and therefore conducted the study to see if her inklings were, in fact, well-founded.

Some of the actions you can take to decrease stress in your dog start when he is a puppy by socializing him well. Hopefully, your breeder is doing this up until 8 weeks old, but after that, it’s your responsibility to carry on a good program of exposing your puppy to many different activities in order to make him become a confident canine family member that is welcome and happy wherever he goes.

Click here for a list of things you can do tohelp socialize your young pup.

Furthermore, you can use some all-natural products to help calm your dog in situations that may cause anxiety and fear. Essential oils have been very helpful in assisting dogs. I specifically recommend “Anti-Anxiety” Blend for Canines. Also, many companies make herbal chewables and capsules for anxiety. Shopping for Pet Supplies on Amazon should bring up a wide variety of choices.

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