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Dogs experience anxiety just like humans. While humans show signs of anxiety by biting their nails or pacing around, dogs may show it in the form of pacing, grooming, displacement or repetitive behaviors. They may chew up things around, or show signs of aggression when they are anxious. Let's take a look at what causes anxiety in dogs, and the use of ASMR to contain the same.Why do dogs experience anxiety?
Dogs may experience anxiety when they are put in unfamiliar situations or places. For instance, some dogs experience anxiety while traveling, as they are not accustomed to the idea of being inside an object that moves. Similarly, they may feel anxious if they are confined in a place. Dogs may feel trapped in such a space, and feel as if there is no way out to escape. Another common cause that leads to anxiety in dogs is unusual or loud noises. From thunderstorms to fireworks, these noises may cause your pet to turn anxious and stressed. Separation anxiety is prevalent in many dogs. When pets are left on their own, their develop stress, and may show it in their physical behavior and reactions.Can ASMR ease anxiety in dogs?
So what is ASMR? ASMR or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is a technique in which visual, auditory, olfactory, cognitive or tactile triggers are used to induce a feeling of tranquility. Ever felt a tingling sensation in your scalp that proceeds to your shoulders when you get a massage? That is similar to how ASMR works. ASMR is associated with feelings of comfort, euphoria and relaxation, and may not be experienced at all, or experienced at different levels by different people. Either way it has been used by many individuals from college goers to veterans, to cope with anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and other conditions.Now, let's talk about using ASMR in helping dogs cope with anxiety. Some pet owners have tried ASMR techniques such as playing calming tracks or other ASMR audios to see how their dogs react to it. They report of their pets dozing off within minutes of playing these tracks, and noticing the same results even when the tracks were played during their most active times of the day. Of course, there is little scientific study or evidence to prove the same. The idea of using ASMR to treat anxiety in dogs is still in its elementary stage, and there is no legitimate proof or confirmation from pet behavior experts that it does or does not work. Of course, if it does make a difference, it can make an alternative to the anti-anxiety pills, prescription diets
and pheromone-emitting collars in the market today.