5 Ways to Help With Your Dogs Anxiety
Anxiety is not only something that can be found in humans,
but animals as well. Dog anxiety can affect all types of breeds but may affect
each dog differently. Anxiety is a healthy emotion, however, if it is left for
a long period of time your dog may begin to develop an anxiety disorder.
Some common signs of anxiety in dogs are pacing, shaking,
constant lip licking, a decrease in appetite, increased salivation/drooling,
increased heart rate and panting. If you are fearing
leaving your dog home alone, check out our blog on how to prepare for this.
Below are some easy remedies on how you can calm your dog’s
- Exercise –
taking your dog out for some exercise is a simple yet effect way to help deal
with your dog’s anxiety, especially if they suffer from separation anxiety.
Whether it is taking your dog for a walk or playing in the garden, tiring them
out is a great way to prevent dog anxiety as this emotion takes up a lot of
- Physical Contact – expressing physical contact with your dog helps calm their anxiety. If
you spot these signs early, you can stop them by petting your anxious dog or by
giving them a cuddle.
- Massage – when
dogs are stressed, just like humans, they become tense and their muscles will
begin to ache. Giving your dog a massage can help relieve some of this built up
tension and reduce anxiety.
- Music –
whether it be music, a radio station or even a tv show, playing sounds will
help calm your dog by giving them a sense of comfort, distracting, and blocking
out sounds that may scare them like traffic noise.
- Safe space – creating
a safe space for your dog is always a good idea. Whether it is their cage or
bed, this is a place they can escape to or be put in, giving them a calming
space to calm down.
- Dog calming treats - we have a range of calming treats for dogs and cats available to shop in our WCF Pet & Equestrian stores to help with stress and anxiety.
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