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Anxious Dog? What Works & What Doesn’t

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Anxious Dog? What Works & What Doesn’t

There are several blogs (including the ones on this website) that talk about anxious dog behaviors and the different ways we humans can help calm them. While we’ll talk about solutions in this blog as well, we’ll also point out some things NOT to do – so you can make your solutions even more effective. So, here are some of the “do’s and don’ts” when it comes to calming your dog’s stress.

 

Do:

Experts say that establishing a predictable daily routine for your dog will help her know what to expect. From going outside, to walks, to eating schedules – a solid routine can help her feel less stressed, especially if separation from you is an issue. A routine will help her trust that you’ll be coming back.

 

Don’t:

If you’re stressed, your dog will be stressed. They can pick up on your habits – or lack thereof – when you fall out of your routine. Try to maintain a balance for the both of you.

 

Do:

Another way to help reduce fear is a wrap to swaddle your dog during times of stress – like thunderstorms or fireworks.

 

Don’t:

However, don’t swaddle them against their will… that will just exacerbate the problem and you’ll never be able to use that Thundershirt again.

 

 

 

Two dogs with comfort vests 

 

Do:

There’s research to show that soothing music can help your dog (and you) relax. Classical music (think Mozart, Beethoven, etc.) is especially helpful, but if you’re just not into that, you can play soft rock or soft jazz or something else with a relaxed beat.

 

Don’t:

Remember, dogs’ ears are much more sensitive than ours. Don’t blast the music – even if it is classical – and don’t play anything like heavy metal or other over-stimulating tunes that will just rile both of you up even more.

 

Do:

There’s some research to show that massage not only helps humans but can help calm dogs as well. You don’t have to be a massage expert to know your dog likes belly rubs and ear scratches, so try massaging their head, neck and paws to see if that helps in stressful situations.

 

Don’t:

Just don’t overdo it. Your dog needs his own space, too – so smothering him with affection may cause more stress. Try to read his signals and leave him be if your attention seems momentarily unwanted.

 

Do:

Try over-the-counter oral remedies like CBD oil and chews. Read labels to see if the products have been tested and verified and try different types of products – ones that are formulated specifically for dogs and come in a variety of potency levels based on the size and needs of your dog. There are different options based on your dog’s specific anxious moments and feeding schedules. You can take an Anxious Dog Quiz to get more information on how to treat your furry friend.

 

Don’t:

Never give your dog any products containing THC. These products can and will harm your dog and make matters worse.

Again, do your research. If you try these and other calming methods and your furry best friend still acts out, make sure to see your veterinarian.

 

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