Dog anxiety symptoms
Dogs suffer from anxiety too and it can affect all breeds. In order to help your dog, we first have to identify whether your dog has anxiety. So how can you tell if your dog has anxiety?
Here are the common signs of anxiety to watch out for:
• barking, howling, whining
• running away, hiding in the corner of a house
• ears pinning back tucked tail
• destructive behavior – digging, destroying furniture
• excessive licking, drooling, chewing
• Hyper vigilant, restless, panting and pacing, shivering, unable to settle
These signs often go unnoticed can lead to serious anxiety disorders.
How to help
Punishing your dog for their reactions/behaviors is not helpful. Making them feel safe and reassuring them can. For instance, a Calming Bed for dogs can create a safe place for your dog.
1. Seek professional help
We recommend seeking professional advice from veterinary behaviorists and certified behaviorists. To identify the triggers of your dog’s anxiety. These experts will use various positive training methods to help treat your dog’s anxiety.
2. Create a routine
Make sure you have a routine planned and stick to it so that your dog knows when he would be fed when you would take him for a walk. With a set routine, your dog will feel like it is in control. Your dog will also know when it can expect you to give him attention. This can work wonders in helping with separation anxiety.
2. Exercise your dog
Exercising your dog before you leave home not only creates more bonding time, it also gets rid of pent-up energy and tension that can exacerbate anxiety.
3. Music therapy
Soothing music can calm and relax your dog. Try classical music as research has shown that many dogs prefer classical music.
A physical touch from you can help ease anxiety in dogs. Give your dog ample hugs and massage your dog, start at the neck, and work downward with long strokes. Over time, you may be able to identify where your dog holds its stress and just work on that particular area.
5. Use a Calming Bed and a Calming Throw
One of the most effective and easiest ways to reassure and create a safe space for your dog is to get your dog a Calming Bed and a Calming Throw.
The high raised rim of the Calming Bed creates a sense of security, which can calm and relax your dog effectively and quickly. This technique is known to the therapist.
Anxiety can occur in any form and your dog is no exception. If you notice any signs or symptoms of anxiety in your dog. You can start helping your dog by getting your dog a Calming Bed and a Calming Throw.