Dog Anxiety

Anxiety in dog is the result of fear, separation or aging.

According to the American Kennel Club, dog anxiety can manifest in a dog’s behavior in many ways, including:

  • Aggression
  • Panting
  • Drooling
  • Defecating in the home
  • Depression
  • Destructive behavior 
  • Pacing  

Just like their human counterparts, there are treatments that can ease a dog’s stress when experiencing anxiety. Some methods are: 

  • Training and conditioning dogs to respond to uncomfortable stimuli with a healthy response
  • Anxiety medication
  • Using CBD oil 

To prevent anxiety, owners can: 

  • Learn a dog’s body language to identify when they feel uncomfortable
  • Regularly socialize them in new experiences 
  • Give them obedience training
  • Make sure they have a decent amount of exercise and proper nutrition
  • Help the dog avoid stress where possible 

A Great Loss

The Pomeranian world has suffered a great loss this week.  Margaret McKee was taken from us suddenly on Monday night. 

She was a founding member of the Pomeranian Club of Central Virginia 15 years ago and has been active ever since holding numerous offices, In addition, she was a founding member of both the Greater Baltimore Pomeranian Club, the Mid Atlantic Field Spaniel Club and was a member of the Richmond (Va) Dog Obedience Club (RDOC) for an amazing 45 years!!

Her prowess in the Pom world was so well known, she warranted a paragraph in the book Pomeranian: A Comprehensive Guide to Owning and Caring for Your Dog (Comprehensive Owner’s Guide), Juliette Cunliffe, 2011.

Margaret spent the last 50 years breeding, showing, and competing. She leaves the Pom world better than when she found it.  She even found time to raise a future AKC Judge (Rachal McKee Sager).

Her absence will be felt at every show when you look ringside and she’s not in her usual spot near the entrance and every meeting/event when you don’t see the “PomMom” license plate parked right up front. Margaret once told me that she’s had the ‘PomMom” VA Plate since the mid-70’s! I don’t know anyone that’s had the same plates for that long.

Send Condolences to the Family Here

Happy 4th of July – Firework Safety


The Power of Pets: Can Pets Really Help Grow Your Business?