Oh the Nerve! One of the biggest responsibilities of a pet owner is keeping him in a calm and relaxed state. When your dog is excessive barking, licking areas of its body, chewing things around the house, pacing, shaking or shivering (many more symptoms) this could be due to anxiety. Anxiety can be from a number of different things such as noises including thunder storms, loud music, gun shots, etc. Anxiety can also be cause by separation from the dogs humans, car rides, new people, objects and experiences. This is a short list, every dog is very different and you would be quite surprised at some of the things that trigger anxiety in different dogs.
If your dog is displaying any of the above symptoms or other ones that are not listed and you feel in your gut that your precious pup is not at ease you are probably right. In order to make them feel comfortable and healthy and ultimately pro long their life here is a few calming tips. Please comment if you like them, have any questions or have any tips of your own. Calming techniques include but are not limited to:
- Massage, I’ve probably said enough as anyone who has had a massage knows how calming and relaxing it is. Not only does massage foster a feeling of well being all on its own it is beneficial in so many ways, including reducing blood pressure and slowing the heart rate. Slow and long strokes on the chest and belly are really soothing as well my dogs favourite place for massage is on the ear and forehead. I use the tips of my fingers to rub and make circles repeatedly is sections of the ear.
- Music can often be soothing if the right selections are made. Obviously don’t play anything loud or with humans shouting in it. Research has shown that dogs are considerably more calm while listening to classical music. Try it out and see for yourself.
- Thunder Jackets or body wraps can be very beneficial (however I have never tried) when dealing with anxiety in your dog. Constant pressure is applied in certain areas that are supposed to relieve anxiety.
- Essential oils including lavender either misted on your dog from a diluted solution, rubbed on the fur with a carrier oil, or you can puts drops on a collar or bandana and have your dog wear it. Always remember to supervise your pet at first to make sure they don’t have a reaction.
- Keep your dogs routine fixed by doing things such as scheduled feeding times, walks and outings. This will aid a lot in keeping your dog feeling at ease and worry free!!!