How to Calm an Anxious Dog

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Much like humans, dogs also react to all kinds of stressful scenarios. A change in behavior typically indicates anxiety in a dog. It might become too clingy or withdraw or act out, depending on the nature of the animal and the level of anxiety. Unfortunately, dogs do not have the ability to either express or manage their anxiety like humans. As a pet owner, you might like to know some easy ways in which you can calm your dog whenever he/she is anxious:

Cuddle the dog

Physical contact is known to help both human beings and animals when trying to relieve stress, anxiety and fear. It is natural for a dog’s anxiety levels to increase when he is physically separated from their owner. If your dog is suffering from physical pain, you could calm him down by simply staying close to him. Cuddling and petting always helps in reducing some of the stress and anxiety.

Play some music

According to pet behavior consultants, when you play music that is specially created for pets, it can help relieve anxiety in the animal. This is particularly true for dogs who are struggling with separation anxiety. It would be a good idea to leave the songs to play whenever you’re away from home.

Get them to exercise

It isn’t unusual for anxiety to cause the development of uncontrollable energy. When this happens to human beings, doctors often advise them to get some exercise as it helps release stress. The same is true for dogs too. You could help your dog burn off the excess tension either by playing in the backyard or by going for a jog or walk in the neighborhood. Not only will the activity tire out your pet, it will also relieve a chunk of his anxiety. You will see him feel calmer once he is back inside the house.

Give them a chew toy

You might find your anxiety-stricken dog acting out and behaving in a destructive fashion. Dogs are unaware of what to do with the increased energy in their body during periods of anxiety. To help your dog, you can offer him a chew toy. It will help keep him focused on something for at least a while or till the anxiety passes.  This will also prevent him from going around and destroying precious household items in an attempt to channel his extra energies.The symptoms of anxiety in dogs could vary significantly and also change over a period of time. These signs typically include trembling, pacing, lip-licking, hyper-vigilance, decreased appetite and yawning. If these symptoms appear persistently, it might be a good idea to take your dog to visit the vet.

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