Dogs suffer from stress and anxiety just like their human counterparts. They think, feel, and relate to their environment in very people-like ways. But, unlike a spouse of sibling, it can be harder to recognize when your pet is suffering.
Your four-legged buddy might try to tell you that he’s stressed by pushing his ears back, tucking his tail, salivating, yawning, licking his muzzle, or lifting his front paw. Then there’s the more obvious signs: cowering or hiding, trembling, panting, or expressing his anal glands.
Fortunately for your canine companion, there are plenty of ways to soothe anxiety in dogs without resorting to medications. There are plenty of other natural, drug-free ways to calm your canine bestie!
Here’s three simple strategies worth giving a shot…
Consider your routine as a factor
Before you go shelling out for any products that promise to soothe your pup’s anxious nerves, give a few thoughts as to how you might be able to help him feel calmer.
“Most of the time, pet owners do have to do something different to help manage and improve their dog’s anxiety,” explains veterinary behaviorist Meredith Stepita.
Having a predictable routine allows your dog anticipate when he’ll get to eat, go outside, and spend time playing with you. This will help him to feel more confident, less nervous, and generally secure in his environment.
Supplements can work wonders
There are some great natural supplements like Bach’s Rescue Remedy that can help your four-legged friend chill out. There’s also Zylkene, a supplement derived from milk protein, that inhibits certain neurotransmitters in the brain, calming nervous system activity. Another option is Solliquin, a l-theanine supplement that also contains ingredients from magnolia, phellodendron, and whey protein sources. These are thought to increase feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.
Be sure to consult with your vet before starting your dog on a new supplement.
Try a compression wrap
Yes, Thundershirts might make you pup look funny, but they really can make a difference. And that’s not just during thunderstorms or fireworks…
The wraps work by swaddling your dog and applying gentle, continuous pressure, which is thought to help reduce fear.
What’s your personal tip for reducing your dog’s anxiety?