You dread leaving your house every morning because you know your dog will provide a musical voice to wonderful melodies. Summer thunderstorms and the Fourth of July are your dog’s Vietnam. Noisy family gatherings send your pooch running for his favorite hiding spot. I’ve got anxious dogs. Wants [نرفوس] Us nervous and stressed out [شز] [تسوس] You knew the following seven things about anxious dogs – today!
1. Anxiety doesn’t just affect Chihuahuas and Poodles
In fact, German Shepherds, Boxers and Labradors are among the top breeds to suffer from anxiety-related health and behavior issues. Anxiety can be a greater concern in larger breeds because of their potential to cause more damage to themselves and your home. Large dogs can be seriously hurt by chewing on furniture or frantically scratching at doors and gates. The dogs have even broken through glass in a panic. Another issue is that with a bigger dog comes a bigger bark. This could mean trouble with the neighbors if you have a nervous barker in the house.
2. Dogs with anxiety are more at risk of getting lost
More dogs go missing on the Fourth of July each year than on any other day. This is due to the most common fear stimulus – loud noises. Dogs have much stronger hearing than we do. What looks like a great display of patriotism to us can look like a terrifying mess to them. Thunderstorms, fire alarms, loud music and large gatherings of people can also cause a dog to panic and run. If your dog suffers from anxiety, take every precaution to ensure that he is safe and secure during a stressful event.
3. You may make your dog’s anxiety worse
We love our dogs as if they were our own children. Unfortunately, sometimes we forget that no children. We mean well when we try to move our fists and kiss her before hitting the road in the morning, but we’re really just burying gas on the fire. Dogs don’t understand our wandering child who talks about how cute, adorable and cute he is. They rely on our body language and emotional wellness to tell us how they feel about a situation. When leaving a dog with separation anxiety it is best to walk quietly and calmly to the door without hesitation, talking to or looking at your dog.
4. Exercise is key
Do you know how jogging on the treadmill or giving a roundhouse kick to your personal trainer can help you get rid of any stressful week? Well, the same applies to your dog. Exercising endorphins in the brain gives us a sense of peace and calm. This is especially important for nervous dogs. Make enough time in your morning routine to include a good walk with your best friend. The combination of fresh air and a release of energy will get you both starting to claw right.
5. Sometimes anxious dogs just want to be alone
When a nervous event such as a thunderstorm cannot be avoided, many dogs will run to find a safe place to hide. They take refuge in bathtubs, under beds or in basement corners. Being dog loving parents, our instinct is to seek out and comfort them. Forcing them to leave their cozy hidden spot is a bad idea. They will feel more vulnerable and vulnerable. If you feel you must be near your pet, sit quietly until your dog is ready to come to you.
6. It’s OK to ask for help.
Feeling overwhelmed and stressed is normal when someone is suffering. Knowing that your darling dog is unhappy and acting out can make you feel like you failed as a pet parent. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Veterinarians and dog trainers advise their clients about separation anxiety and fear every single day. It’s a very common problem, and there’s no shame in reaching out for help. There are many possible solutions to explore. A pawfessional can help you decide what’s best for your dog.
7. Relief can come in the form of training, herbs, pheromones or medications.
Several products have proven their value in combating dog anxiety. Some herbal supplements combine vitamins with calming canine colostrum, which is the milk that mothers secrete during the first few days of their pups’ lives. Pheromone Diffuser releases chemical calming chemicals secreted naturally by mother dogs after birth. They emit small doses into your dog’s environment providing a sense of comfort. For those dogs that are destructive or susceptible, medications to reduce anxiety may be required. Some are given only when a stressful event is anticipated, others are given daily. Any of the above therapies may be combined with a professional training regimen. A dog trainer or behaviorist will combine therapy for your dog with tips and pointers for you.
Your puppy may always struggle with anxiety, but with a little help from you it can certainly be managed. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, your dog can sense that negative energy. Seeking pawfessional advice is the best course of action for your dog’s sanity And yours!