If you notice your dog acting differently, they like, humans may have anxiety. Anxious pets may pace, tremble, or shake. More subtle signs of anxiety may be lip licking, frequent yawning, and a decreased appetite.
If you think your dog may have anxiety check out our 7 tips for anxious dogs.
7 Tips to Help with Anxious Dogs
Be sure to have your dog assessed by a veterinarian to ensure that there is no underlying medical condition that is causing their change in behaviors or anxiety.
Some anxiety may be the result of not enough exercise. Certain breeds, like Australian Shepards, need a lot of exercise. Without adequate exercise, these breeds become anxious and destructive. Take your pup for a walk it will be good for both of you.
This is the classic solution for dogs that anxious due to thunderstorms or fireworks. The Thundershirt adds weight to your dog which helps to calm them down and reduce anxiety.
According to the University of Glasgow, reggae, and sold rock will help to ease anxiety in your dog. While music won’t stop their barking, dogs in this study spent more time laying down while listening to music. Chances are, your dog will acquire your musical tastes, especially if the music is associated with quality time with you.
4. White Noise
Where music may, in and of itself, soothe your dog. White noise machines actually block the noises that may cause your dog anxiety. For example, if you live in an apartment and your dog hears people in the hallway, a white noise machine or Animal Planet on the TV may block those noises and ease their anxiety.
Dogs lead most of their lives using their noses, so the scent is a powerful tool to help curb anxiety. Try lavender, chamomile, or Egyptian geranium essential oils as a way to help calm your dog.
Some supplements are appropriate for your dog. Cannabidiol(CBD) helps with anxiety in humans & dogs. Although it is not known exactly how CBD works within the brain, it is thought to interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors as well as with serotonin receptors. Check out more about how cannabis can help your pup in this buyers guide.
7. Massage or Brushing
Touch can soothe anxiety in both humans and dogs. If you notice your dog getting anxious try brushing them. This will help them to know they are safe and stimulate relaxation hormones. There are also massage techniques that can help your dog to relax.
All of these tips can help you calm your dog and make your life and theirs a little easier.
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