Anxiety is not only common in humans, but dogs can suffer as well.
When your dog seems anxious, don’t panic. The thing is, the more you get stressed and worry about your dog, the more upset your dog will become. Why? Because you are so connected, he can feel your emotions, which makes him more anxious. Instead, take a deep breath and ask yourself; how can I constantly calm my dog (and myself)? Here are my few tips that may help you:
Exercise your dog’s body and mind
You know the feeling after your exercise, long walk, run, a session in a gym or a nice swim. Your body produces beneficial endorphins that relieve stress and make you feel so good. It’s the same with our four-legged friends.
Anxiety can create an excess of energy. Taking your dog out for a nice long walk before you leave him can be helpful. While you walk your dog, interact with him, like throwing a ball, playing tug of war, hiding some treats, and letting him play if other dogs (if he likes it). The extra contact during exercise is always beneficial.
Also, exercise your dog’s mind with enrichment games. These games provide mental stimulation and contribute to your dog’s health and happiness. My dogs can get pretty tired playing these games, sometimes even more than from physical exercise.
If you have ever been for a relaxing massage, you know how soothing it is not just for your body but your mind as well.
It also works wonders for our dogs. Anxiety can cause tensing of the muscles. Do you know the feeling of stiff shoulders or neck when you are stressed? Our dogs can get the same tension in their bodies, and massage therapy is one way to alleviate it. Check my video for a few tips on how to massage your dog:
Calming wraps and T-Shirts
You can buy them online, or you can make your own calming wrap by using a scarf. The calming coat works by applying pressure on the dog’s body to reduce stress and anxiety, similar to swaddling… like a cuddle.
When you put it on for the first time, your dog may be playful and try to get it off… It tightens around the chest, and it makes breathing slower. After few minutes, the dog will start taking the feeling of wearing the warp in. It will help your dog to breathe slower and calm him down.
Many complementary therapies can be used together with anxiety and behavioural adjustments.
Here are three of them:
Rescue Remedy is part of the Bach homeopathic line of remedies for humans. It contains five different Bach Flower Remedies that constitute a stress reliever. It is completely safe to use on your dog. You just add 2-4 drops directly to their drinking water.
There are other homeopathic remedies you can use on your dog for specific issues. If you are looking for a homeopathic vet or advice, check Cam4Animals website.
Aromatherapy is another one. Many dogs and their owners have proved Comfort Blend to help with tackling stress and anxiety. The carefully selected synergetic blend of essential oils in the Comfort Blend has a natural calming and balancing quality and provides ultimate relaxation.
Synergy is where the action of two or more substances (essential oils in this case) achieve an effect of which each is individually incapable.
In this blog, you can find what essential oils are calming and how to use them.
Canine Flow is a gentle way of working with dogs and their owners. When dogs get overloaded with energy, they behave in unsettling ways. Canine Flow has several different techniques to help release excess energy and release trapped cellular memories and trauma.
How do you manage your dog’s anxiety?