Just like people, animals can suffer from mental and emotional disorders such as anxiety. In fact, many dogs exhibit signs of anxiety in a variety of ways. Some may be anxious around new people, while others might get nervous when they have to go for a car ride. Regardless of what is causing your cute pet’s anxiety, though, there are ways that you can help him feel better and more at ease.
Here are some tips to calm your furry friend:
Consider a cannabis supplement
Yes it's true. There are a few high-quality cannabis supplements on the market today specifically for use in dogs. Made with all-natural hemp, these products are designed to deliver healing CBD to canines who suffer from a wide range of physical and emotional problems, including anxiety. So, if you find yourself saying, “my dog is nervous around other dogs” or “my dog is afraid of fireworks in July,” you may want to consider investing in a natural supplement that will help him feel more confident and calm.
Releasing pheromones into your dog’s environment might also be an effective way to reduce his anxiety. Look for Dog Appeasing Pheromone, also known as DAP. This will mimic the hormone that is released naturally by mother dogs while they are lactating and the pheromone is able to calm
puppies while boosting their bond with their mother. It may work for your adult dog, too.
Put the Thundershirt on your dog
A popular product on the pet care market is the Thundershirt. It is designed to wrap around your dog’s torso to provide a bit of pressure that feels like a hug. This product might help your dog’s nervous system to calm down, thereby reducing his anxiety level. While some dog owners find that this product works very well, others don’t have as much luck with it, so its success will depend on your dog.
Play some calming music
When you are feeling anxious, do you find that listening to some calming music helps you? Well, the same might hold true for your pooch as well. If you know that you are going to be away from home for a while, such as while you are at work, you can leave some soothing music playing at a low volume at home for your dog to enjoy. And you could even invest in albums specifically recorded for use with anxious dogs. This could help reduce his travel anxiety or his separation anxiety.
Massage Your Pet
Being close to your dog and gently massaging him could also be a good way to reduce his anxiety. Try the TTouch massage, which involves slow, long, and circular strokes that can soothe your pet’s nerves. When your dog has anxiety, it could also make you feel anxious because you feel helpless, so this may be therapeutic for the both of you.
By trying any of the strategies above, you may finally be able to help your dog calm down and relax, whether his anxiety occurs at home, out at the dog park, or during travel.