We humans have a special bond with our canine friends. We walk together, play together, and certain dogs are even trained to help those with everyday tasks, keeping their owners safe. But what happens when your dog becomes stressed or anxious in a new environment?
Like any animal, dogs are prone to stress during times of change. Dogs are particularly sensitive beings, so they may feel that trepidation more severely than other animals. Let’s look at some ways to keep your dog calm in times of stress.
The best dog stress relief: how to reduce canine anxiety
Whether you’re moving house, welcoming a new family member, travelling, or simply taking your pup to the vet, your dog may feel unsettled and anxious. Here are six ways you can calm your dog:
1.Crouch down and speak softly to your dog. While they don’t understand what we’re saying, they’ll always pick up on our tone. Dogs are sensitive creatures, and the way we speak to our pets often determines how they feel. So if your dog is displaying signs of stress or anxiety, sit down on the floor with them, making yourself seem unthreatening and friendly. Crouch down and speak softly to your dog. While they don’t understand what we’re saying, they’ll always pick up on our tone. Dogs are sensitive creatures, and the way we speak to our pets often determines how they feel. So if your dog is displaying signs of stress or anxiety, sit down on the floor with them, making yourself seem unthreatening and friendly.
2.Be conscious of your body language. If you act very differently or seem tense, they’ll pick up on it, so be conscious of how you’re holding yourself.
3.Try using Adaptil. Adaptil is a diffuser that releases appeasing pheromones into the air to help calm your dog, so this is a good choice for a new furry family member or other change going on at home. You can get Adaptil here.
4.Try Johnson’s Calm-Eze tablets. Johnson’s Calm-Eze Tablets help to calm your nervous or hyperactive pup. These are ideal in particularly stressful situations and can be used if your dog reacts badly to fireworks, thunderstorms, or any other loud noises that are not ongoing. Any strange or unsettling environment needn’t be a big issue with these tablets, and they can even help territorial or aggressive dogs. You can get Calm-Eze tablets here.
5.Use soothing music. Put on the radio or soothing music for background noise to help them be less reactive. Try to do this regularly in relaxing situations before you use it in a stressful one.
6.Work on desensitisation, which involves slowly introducing your dog to the cause of their anxiety in small doses. Repeated exposure and positive reinforcement can be effective ways of managing anxiety. Importantly, don’t overdo it – remember that less than a minute of exposure is enough for one day.
7..Try Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian tablets. Valerian root is a traditional herbal remedy used to relieve anxiety, apprehension, and nervousness in humans, but it can also be used to remedy excitability and travel sickness in dogs. This sugar-coated tablet calms your pet without sedating them or making them drowsy; it won’t impair their normal behaviour, making this medication ideal if you’re training a service dog. You can use them for specific situations or every day. Scullcap & Valerian tablets are designed to relax dogs from excitability, phobias, and hyperactivity.
If you’re looking for ways to keep your dog happy and healthy, Vet Pharmacy has everything you need! We deliver anywhere in the UK, so whether you’re in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, or elsewhere, we’re here to help.