Calming an anxious dog
Calming an anxious dog can be a stressful process for the pet parent. The trigger of the anxiety or stressful response may be anticipated and expected, or it may be unknown. Nevertheless, stress and anxiety can be relatively well controlled.
What causes stress and anxiety in dogs?
As with humans, dogs too can suffer from stress and anxiety. Techniques to calm an anxious dog will differ depending on the cause of the stress response. Typical causes of stress and anxiety include:
- Strangers visiting your home
- Fireworks / loud noises
- Unpredictable situations
- New environment
- Visits to the vet
- Change in routine
- Change in existing environment, like packing items in boxes and moving things around
Identifying the cause of the stressful response will aid in implementing the correct calming technique for an anxious dog.
Identifying anxiety in dogs
The following characteristics are typical of anxiety in dogs:
- Excessive licking of the paws
- Change in posture
- Panting and/or drooling
- Fearful shaking
- Tucking of the tail
Methods to calm the anxious dog
Identifying the cause of the anxiety
Consider what is triggering the stress response. For instance, if a vet visit is the culprit, then waiting outside or in the car instead of the waiting room will lessen the timeframe of the anxiety. On the other hand, excessive licking of the paws could be aided with play time or a good walk/run.
Vet approved calming products for the anxious dog
For anxious dogs that need calming from strangers, loud noises or re-homing one may consider the Adaptil Diffuser. This diffuser is a synthetic pheromone which provides comfort to dogs. It is advised to plug the diffuser into a wall socket where your pooch spends most of their time. Each refill lasts approximately 4 weeks.
Calmeze liquid for dogs is excellent for calming anxious feelings in your dog. Simply apply this liquid over food when necessary. This vet approved calming supplement promotes a sense of well-being and hence reduces stress and anxiety. As a pet parent you may want to consider this when predicable stressful situations are foreseen. The Nurture Calm Dog Spray works similarly to the products described above in reducing anxiety and stress.
As a pet parent, you will need to experiment to see what works best for your pooch.
It is important to speak with your veterinarian if you are struggling to calm your anxious dog. In more severe situations, prescription medication may be required short-term. As a pet parent, promoting a general sense of well-being in the home is of utmost importance. In fact, your pet will thank you for adding the calm back into their lives!