Whether you’re a new dog parent or have been part of the amazing journey, that is having a pooch, for a while now; it is important to take heed of our precious dogs’ behaviors.
Anxiety is predominantly associated with humans more than it is with pets, but make no mistake our dogs can suffer from it too; and it is apparent that their experience is similar to ours. Dogs that suffer from anxiety display a variety of symptoms, namely; barking, pacing, panting, trembling, excessive licking, hiding, climbing onto you, or trying to escape through open doors or closed windows.
They can also exhibit destructive behaviors in the home or aggressive behaviors around people. Fortunately, there are a few remedies you can use to lift their spirit.
- Cuddle Up- look for other ways to make your dog’s resting experience heavenly, there are a number of pheromonic products you can try.
- Seek Alternatives- For when you aren’t around to cuddle or rub such as a textured cloth or garment.
- Show Them Your Support- It can be in small displays like; greeting them after you’ve been gone for a while or a little belly rub and head-scratching.
- Go for Walks- Other than for the sake of their health, our dogs need a good stroll as often as they can to help combat their problem.
- Keep Your Pup Engaged in something- Take advantage of these walks and embrace your dog’s zest for exploration.
- Call Your Vet- Mostly in extreme cases and on the topic of antidepressants to help your dog.
- Reduce Your Own Stress- As our dogs look to us for assurance and understanding into certain situations, so our anxiety and mannerisms likened to it rub off on them. Try to be more reassuring when talking to your dog as you proactively fan out your situation.
- Ease Into Separation- If your dog is experiencing separation anxiety; it is best if you progressively spend time away from them. More so, if you recently brought them home.
- Try Some Probiotics- They have bacteria known to have a relaxing effect.
How do you help your dog deal with anxiety? Let us know in the comments.
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