Do you have an anxious dog? From fireworks to vacuum cleaners, some dogs are just anxious about all kinds of things. It’s upsetting to watch your pup pant and tremble but what can you do about it?
It turns out, there are a several ways you can reduce your dog’s anxiety. First, you’ll want to pinpoint what causes the anxiety. For example, fear of loud noises requires a different approach than separation anxiety. Once you know what causes it, then you can go after ways of managing it.
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For most dogs it’s obvious what causes their trembling. It’s thunder, fireworks, or strangers. With others, you may have to pay closer attention. Keep notes on your phone about any potential triggers if you need the reminders.
Fortunately, there’s a host of anti-anxiety products and treatments for dogs available. Try one or two of these and watch your dog calm down.
CBD – Cannabidiol is everything these days from treats to oils and it works to relax your dog by releasing serotonin in the brain. Not to be confused with marijuana, CBD is from a different part of the hemp plant and won’t get your pet “high” but can relax your pup.
Exercise -If you have a chronically anxious pet, it turns out that exercise can help. Just as exercise relieves stress and releases “feel good” chemicals in the brain for us, it can do the same for our pets. If you have an anxious pup, add additional walks or games of fetch and see if that helps.
Use Pheromones – Pheromones are naturally occurring chemicals within your dog’s body. They give off a special scent that reminds your dog of nursing from his mom and encourages him relax. While you can’t give off that same smell yourself, you can replicate it with a synthetic version called Adaptil. It comes in a diffuser, a collar, and a spray to fill the air with this calming scent.
Talk with Dog Trainer – Sometimes training can help soothe your dog. The typical approach is called “desensitizing” and the goal is to help your anxious pooch relax around scary noises. It requires plenty of high value treats and patience. There are trainers who specialize in desensitization and can help you help your dog.
There’s a caveat: if you have an aggressive dog, then you’ll definitely want to work with a trainer who specializes in fear aggression because aggressive dogs can be dangerous and they require a different approach .
Talk with Your Veterinarian About Medication – There’s doggie Valium, Prozac, and other prescription-level drugs available if your pup’s anxiety is bad enough. Talk with your veterinarian to assess.Just like people can be anxious in different ways, so can dogs. Notice what triggers your dog’s anxiety and his symptoms. That way, as you try different anxiety relief techniques, you’ll see what helps and when you talk with your veterinarian about it, you’ll be well-informed.
While there’s no magic cure for anxiety in dogs with a little experimentation, you’ll hopefully find something that works well for your pup and improves his quality of life.