Where does anxiety come from?
Fear is an instinct of self-preservation, but when your canine companion is inside safe with you fear can be irrationally triggered by things such as storms, fireworks, and unfamiliar visitors. When your dog is fearful or anxious the brain releases stress hormones like epinephrine and cortisol that increase heart rate, blood pressure, and endorphins.
Storm Anxiety Symptoms & Triggers
If you suspect your dog may suffer from storm anxiety (or other situational anxiety) watch for these symptoms: lowered ears & tail, wide eyes, pacing, panting & drooling, trembling, whining or howling, hiding, involuntary indoor urination, destructive behavior, self harm (clawing in an effort to escape), running away.
Many things trigger anxiety in dogs, some triggers are: darkening skies, light rain showers, changes in smell, changes in barometric pressure, static electricity, wind, pouring rain, lighting, low-frequency rumbling, thunder, fireworks, visitors, or traveling. You may notice that your dog has other triggers.