How to Help Your Dog with His Anxiety

Anxiety is common in dogs and can be caused by a wide variety of things, some of which are based on genetics and others situational.  A dog’s anxiety can manifest in obsessive licking, barking, whining, peeing, acting aggressively, or destroying everything in its path.  Luckily, many anxieties can be helped through either conditioning and training or with the use of supplements.  In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the best ways to help your dog to deal with his canine anxiety.

Exercise

Just as exercise can help humans to deal with stress and anxiety, it can also help dogs.  Exercise stimulates serotonin (the happy hormone), which can have an immediate effect on any canine anxiety your dog is feeling.  It can also help to get rid of any pent-up energy.  Whether you take your dog for a run or hike, play fetch with him, or just run around in the garden with him, exercise is one of the easiest ways to help your dog deal with his anxiety.

Distraction

If your dog is experiencing anxiety due to a specific situation, such as a thunderstorm or fireworks, distraction is a good technique to use.  Engage with your dog and help him to see that he’s not alone and is in a safe environment.  Try giving him a puzzle toy to focus on, or encouraging him to do tricks for rewards.  If you can get your dog to focus on you instead of the outside distractions, he should start to calm down.

Dog Appeasing Pheromones and Canna-Pet

If your dog suffers from a lot of anxiety and it doesn’t seem to be a situational problem, you may want to consider investing in a supplement such as Canna-Pet or dog appeasing pheromones.  Canna-Pet is a cannabis CBD- based supplement that has been proven shown to lower dog anxiety levels quite substantially.  Dog appeasing pheromones, on the other hand, are available in vials that can be plugged into the wall.  The smell they emit is believed to help younger dogs to relax, though the jury is still out on how beneficial they are for adult dogs.

Music

Humans aren’t the only species who find music calming.  In fact, many pet owners leave a radio or TV on when they leave the house, not only to give their dogs something to listen to while they are alone but to provide a source of comfort.  Music has been proven to help dogs deal with separation and canine anxiety, and can also help them to deal with travel anxiety too!

Massage

Finally, if you are at home with your dog when he is suffering from anxiety, one last technique you may want to try is massage.  Massage your dog slowly, using long strokes, and you will soothe his nerves and ultimately lower his anxiety levels.  Plus, petting a dog or a cat has been proven to help with human stress too, so it’s a win-win!

Have you got any additional methods that you use to relieve your dog’s anxiety?  Let us know in the comments!

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