Certain characteristics in dog breeds become predictable and ingrained over time. Golden Retrievers are among the most friendly and easily-trained breeds. Their friendly nature and exceptional skills in tracking, retrieving, and hunting are well-known.
The predispositions of Golden Retrievers to certain health issues and problems are predictable. Mental illness can occur in dogs in the same way as in humans. You may be surprised to learn that Golden Retrievers are more susceptible to mental illness than other breeds. This is due to their genetic and biological makeup as well as how socially connected they are.
Golden Retriever mental illness
A Golden Retriever’s sweet disposition makes them wonderful companions for children and excellent service dogs to those suffering from emotional disorders such as anxiety or depression. They are the most loyal breed. Due to their deep bond with humans and their extraordinary sweetness, Golden Retrievers are highly vulnerable to emotional disorders. Although most dogs hate it when you leave the house, a Golden Retriever can find it devastating.
Most often, Golden Retrievers are suffering from anxiety and depression. You may notice a range of behaviors, from sulking to aggression. They may also be anxious and chew furniture, scratching at the doors or sulking. They might even wait in anticipation of your return to sit in the same position for hours.
It can be difficult to recognize a dog suffering from anxiety. This condition can also affect the owner. Dog owners often feel guilty about leaving their dog behind, as they worry about their companion’s anxiety and think of how it might affect their lives.
There are ways you can reduce anxiety and/or eliminate depression in your Golden Retriever. These are some suggestions.
What you can do
- Your Golden Retriever should never be punished, yelled or treated harshly for any behavior that resembles anxiety or depression. It can be frustrating to come home to a dog who has chewed up the couch. However, punishing your dog is not an option. Even expressing anger or frustration can cause problems for your dog.
- Your return and departure home should be routine. It is tempting to make a big deal about leaving the house, such as showing more affection before you go. However, this will only make things worse. The same applies to returning home. This may sound counterintuitive but it is the best way to reduce anxiety and depression in Golden Retrievers.
- It is an excellent way to relieve separation anxiety. Playing with your Golden Retriever’s favorite toys before you leave can help reduce separation anxiety. This can reduce the impact of your goodbye.
- Rewarding employees is also a great way to increase your productivity. Make your departure something to celebrate. Giving a treat to your departure makes it more pleasant (literally). A good treatment can be a healthy distraction, especially for something chewy or time-consuming. Your dog will happily accept your gift and go off to enjoy your treats in bliss.
- Add another dog to your household! Okay, it might seem strange to have another dog in your home but think of them as siblings or children. A companion dog can make it easier for dogs to be with one another and is less likely to experience anxiety or depression.
- Consider CBD dog treats. CBD works on the nervous system and has been shown to relieve symptoms associated with nervous disorders.
Golden Retrievers are an exceptional and highly desired breed. Their health issues and needs are also unique. It is important to recognize their love and to be able to turn that into a blessing, not a curse.