Thursday, March 25, 2021

How to Care for an Anxious Dog

Anxiety in dogs is something that can sometimes become a major problem. It can lead to stress and behavioral issues that’ll not only be frustrating for you to deal with as an owner, but agonizing for your dog too. Of course, you don’t want your beloved dog to go through that, so what can be done to care for a dog with anxiety better? That’s what we’re going to explore today, so read on now to find out more.

Reduce Their Stress with Music

One thing that’s known to calm your anxious dog is music. There has been research carried out that found there’s a variety of musical genres that help dogs to relax. Classical music is one of the best for this, so if you find that your dog is anxious and you don’t know what to do, play some music and see if it makes a difference for them.

Soothe Them with Physical Contact

Soothing your dog with physical contact and massaging them is something else you can try. Your dog often needs that physical contact and maintaining that relationship through direct contact will reassure them, especially during times when they’re experiencing heightened anxiety. It’s also believed that contact can reduce aggressive behaviors.

Exercise Them More

A good routine that involves plenty of activity and exercise is really important. Dogs are less anxious when things are consistent and they know what to expect from one day to the next. And it’s also true that anxiety can often arise from pent up energy that can’t be used in any other way. That’s why increasing the amount of exercise your dog gets can be so helpful.

Find a Dog Bed That Helps to Soothe Anxiety

Finding a dog bed that works to soothe your dog’s anxiety is another thing you might want to do. Anxiety Dog Beds are now pretty easy to find, and they can make a big difference to how easy your dog finds it to relax. It’s a place for them to go to when they want to relax and get away from situations that might be causing them stress or anxiety.

Let Them Calm in a Safe Space When Acting Out

When your dog seems to be acting out and behaving badly, it might be because of the feelings of anxiety that they’re experiencing. That’s why it’s important not to immediately resort to punishing them for how they’re behaving. Instead, you should give them space and time alone. With a lack of external stimulus, they can take the time to calm down and refocus in a way that might not otherwise be possible.

Now that you know more about what it takes to look after an anxious dog, you can start taking the necessary steps to ensure you get it right. It’s not always easy to know exactly what your dog needs from you, but if they’re showing signs of anxiety, the actions we’ve discussed here will help you.


3 comments:

  1. I agree with all of your advice! We had a dog that got anxious every time it rained or during a storm. Also when firecrackers went off! We had a couple of Thunder Jacket. We had to wrap him up in it, like swaddling a baby. The vet told us just like your article that he needed his own space. We got him his own doggy bed and put it in his own space. I heard of the music theory. I have seen this on our Cable Guide = DogTV. It plays Relaxation and Stimulus music for them. I thought it was a joke! A whole TV station for a dog! One thing that the vet advised us to do was if he gets really anxious and starts crying, to give him a regular Benadryl pill. Not all the time. This article was very informative that I pinned it and shared on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. The exercise really helps. My golden retriever gets anxious at times that really seems to calm and mellow him out.

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  3. Awe. Poor things. I always loved walking Skamp and enjoyed it.

    Have you ever thought about CBD for dogs?

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