Unfortunately, our furry friends can experience inexplainable anxiety at some point in their life with us. While some have situational experiences such as fireworks or other loud noises, some live with it daily, requiring the help of external comfort. Regardless of which category your dog falls under, there are several practical ways to approach this issue to help your pup cope effectively.
When dogs experience more situation-based anxiety, sometimes the best way to combat it is by providing them the space to release their energy. Exercise is an effective form of tension release and helps them spend their energy to rest better. You can consider accompanying their exercise times with additional food to fill their belly and ensure they’re comfortable.
Training is an excellent source of stability for your dog. They can learn effective coping strategies and essentially follow commands that enable them an opportunity to reset their temperament and bring them to a focus point. Partner with a certified dog trainer to ensure your dog achieves what you desire for them as their owner.
A significant benefit of effective training is learning communication. Not only can your pup learn proper cues, but they can understand your communication style and listen to commands. This can ease their anxiety by giving them a sense of control and security in their environment.
For those whose pets experience non-situational anxiety and live angsty most of the time, it might be beneficial to consider partnering with your vet to find a supplement. There are several things you can offer, from consumables to sprays and drops. Just remember to get the help of a professional before making any attempts at medication.
Reduce the Triggers
One of the most practical things you can do to help your dog cope is to understand and reduce its triggers. In order to help them to the best of your ability, you have to find a way to know what they are going through.
If you know loud noises trigger an anxious reaction, consider finding a comforting and quiet place they can retreat to. While their triggers can change from time to time and the coping mechanisms might not always work, if they know you’re there to help them, that alone can provide comfort.
Our furry friends are excellent sources of comfort for us, and when they experience a trying time, we want to be there for them. Hopefully, some of these helpful suggestions can assist you and your dog in need!