Ways to Calm Dog Anxiety
Friday, March 23, 2012 3:07:07 PM
Exercise. Lots of exercising is a good strategy to reduce anxiety in canines. If the dog is susceptible to anxiety, take your pet for at least a half-hour walk in the morning and at least a half-hour walk in the evening. If there's any possible way to schedule it, a third walk at mid-day would do wonders. This is especially true for a pet that has a tendency to grow anxious. See more on how to get over anxiety
Take your dog to obedience school or work together with your pet on developing these skills at home. Learning basic obedience builds confidence in a dog. The pet comes to know what is anticipated in various situations. This confidence helps to alleviate anxiety.
Build a routine for your dog. Dogs need to know what to expect next and getting this assurance will alleviate much anxiety in the dog's life. Your dog's mealtimes, nap times, play times, potty breaks and walks should take place at the same time every day.
Don't coddle or reassure your pet if you find a particular stimulus which causes the pet being anxious. The dog sees your reassurance as confirmation that there's something that he should be afraid. Talk to your dog calmly throughout these times and try to engage your dog in distracting activities like having fun with a ball or performing obedience commands.
Don't create a big deal about leaving or coming home if your dog's anxiety is usually worse while you are gone. Be very nonchalant and upbeat when greeting or leaving your dog.
Consider crate dog training. A properly crate-trained dog will find comfort in the crate in times of stress.
Explore natural remedies. Some peppermint oil with a dog's paw pads provides a calming effect. A few drops of Bach's Rescue Remedy, a flower essence, while in the dog's water bowl will also help to calm your pet during periods of stress.