Strolling in a nearby park and seeing dog owners walking their canine friends is an appealing sight for many people. The pooches with happy eyes and wagging tails can make anyone’s heart swell with warmth and cuteness. Pets are indeed their owner’s best friend. Animals cannot speak, but it does not mean they don’t have feelings or can’t sense behaviors. Your pet might not talk to you (verbally), but they can convey their wishes clearly, like bringing their leash to you when they want to go outside.
Dogs are intelligent and the most loyal being. If you have a dog, you will never feel alone. You’ll always find him/her sitting right next to you or trying to make you feel better when you’re down or stressed. People suffering from depression usually see their pet dogs or cats as their therapy animals, but humans are not the only ones experiencing anxiety. Animals, especially dogs, also panic and feel uneasy.
When a dog is worried, it exhibits different signs and symptoms. Know your dog is worried if you see it panting unusually other than hot weather, digging the ground, or isolating itself very often. You can follow these simple steps to calm down your anxious dog.
- Use calming treats:
Many dogs fear loud noises such as vacuum cleaners, fireworks, thunderstorms, loud juicers, etc. Some are even scared of water, strangers, cars, buses, etc. They often show their worried reactions by barking, hiding, shaking, or whining. The best way is to gradually help your dog become more familiar with the loud noises/object. It will desensitize it to the paranoia. Apart from this, try aromatherapy with your pet canine. Alternatively, you can start using treats made from CBD for dogs that will calm down your pet. You can also purchase vet verified soothing oil drops for your dog to manage its anxiety.
Usually, dogs suffer from fear of being abandoned by their owners. The first step to overcome this issue is never leaving them alone; however, we know that it’s impossible for pet owners who have office jobs. They do not find enough time to bond with their pets. Relying on exercise to bond with your pet is an easy fix. Anxiety can cause excessive energy boosts or make your dog hyperactive. Channelizing that energy in activities like exercise will cool down the overwhelming feelings your pet is going through. Taking your dog out for long walks or playing ball with them is a quick fix for their anxiety. Talking to your dog during this session is also beneficial to feel connected and reduce separation anxiety.
- Make them feel safe, again:
Dogs are sensitive creatures; their anxiety may worsen if exposed to an intimidating environment. For example, if you notice that your dog is isolating itself under the sofa or in other corners of the house, it is a clear sign it feels scared. Creating a space where your pet can feel safe will indeed release its anxiety. Have a quiet room for your canine, or drawing out loud noises like fireworks with relaxing lighting can help your dog feel safe. If you have a party at your home and your dog gets uncomfortable around people, allow him to stay in the bedroom with some toys to prevent fretfulness from kicking in.
- Put on some classical music:
Music therapy is proven to be helpful for both humans and our canine friends. It relaxes and rejuvenates and refreshes us. Music can help by blocking any unpleasant noises that might be making our pets nervous. Research has shown that many dogs prefer classical music. Harp music can be a natural tranquilizer.
- Physical contact
Anxious dogs often over-groom themselves, and their muscles remain stiff due to anxiety. If the cause of your dog’s anxiety is separation, you can help them overcome it with physical contact. Before leaving home, you can pat your dog while kneeling to maintain eye contact. Also, please give it a little massage once you return home from work. Rubbing its belly or talking to your dog can diminish its stress and help it feel safe and sound. There is nothing more soothing for a restless dog than the touch of its best human friend. Cuddling your dog, picking them up, or an excellent long petting session can control their apprehensive state.
Approximately 67% of US households have a pet at home. Pets are like babies that demand love, care, and attention, especially pet dogs that share a deep emotional connection with their owners, relying on them for comfort and well-being. No matter how healthy your dog is, it can still encounter behavioral and mental issues like anxiety. Bringing your pets to vet follow-ups can help to a greater extent in understanding their stress and its triggers. You can also learn different anxiety management tips from your vet or animal therapist to help them stay peaceful and comfortable.
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