Like humans, dogs can experience high levels of stress and anxiety. Every dog experiences and reacts to anxiety differently. Luckily for us and our furry friends, there are many ways to ease an anxious dog.
Do I Have An Anxious Dog?
Anxiety is defined as the fear of unknown or imagined dangers. Every person (and dog) experiences feelings of anxiety, but in severe cases it can become habitual or chronic. Dogs with anxiety may exhibit the following physiological symptoms:
- Compulsive or repetitive behaviors
- Depression or lethargy
- Excessive barking
- Inability to control urine or defecation
- Destructive behavior
These symptoms can stem from a number of causes. Some dogs develop anxiety from a traumatic or fearful life experience. Even aging can cause anxiety; older dogs are more likely to react negatively to anxiety triggers. However, perhaps the most common form of canine anxiety is separation anxiety; many dogs experience stress and anxiety when their families leave home.
How Can I Ease My Dog’s Anxiety?
Dogs thrive from a daily routine. Inconsistencies in their feeding and walking schedules might be causing their anxiety. This is particularly true for dogs with separation anxiety. Furthermore, allotting a certain amount of time will ensure that your dog gets the right amount of exercise. Excess energy may also cause anxiety.
An anxious dog will benefit from some basic pampering. Without regular physical contact, dogs may become stressed out. Go one step further and give your dog a massage. This is especially helpful in stressful situations like the vet’s office. Still, always exercise caution when dealing with an anxious dog. They may want to be alone during an anxiety or panic episode, and unwanted physical contact can lead to further aggression. If you need to keep a safe distance from your anxious dog, try putting on some calming music. Studies have shown that reggae, soft rock, and classical music can actually lower dogs’ heart rates.
There are some products that may be helpful for your dog’s anxiety. Weighted dog blankets and compression wraps apply pressure, which can be calming for many dogs. Make sure that these products are dog-specific, as normal weighted blankets may be too heavy for your furry friend. Furthermore, many dog owners have found success with CBD oil for pets. Not only can CBD calm down your anxious dog, it has a wide variety of health benefits such as reducing seizures.
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