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9 Effective and natural ways to relieve anxiety in Dogs

Updated: Nov 17, 2023

Plenty of our precious pooches wrestle with anxiety, fear or over-excitement at some point in their lives.

But while there are a few clinically-approved anxiety medications for dogs, some owners may prefer to treat these issues without prescription medications.

Below, we’ll share some of the most notable natural calming solutions for dogs, explain why some dogs suffer from anxiety, and identify a few of the signs that may signal your dog is anxious.

1. Treats And Supplements Disguise a calming supplement as a well-earned treat! Chewable goodies like these, which use natural and safe ingredients, are effective when given before a stressful event, like a car ride or thunderstorm. Full of herbs and vitamins, Hemp Calming Chews for Dogs promise your pup’s personality will stay the same after ingesting (as opposed to some prescription meds that can alter personality).

2. Hemp Oil Hemp oil is useful in so many ways. A few drops in your dog’s food can take the strеss, separation аnxiety, travel issues or constant barking away from your pet and may even improve heart health. All dogs react differently, but it’s worth a try if your pup’s anxiety is negatively impacting his quality of life. Pet Nutrition Hеmp Oil Dogs is completely natural and safe hеmр oil extract suitable for all breeds and sizes of pets. It’s thc free, gluten free, non-gmo, contains omega 3, 6, 9, and vitamin e.

3. Music Need an excuse to waltz with your Great Dane in the living room? Here you go: A 2017 study from the University of Glasgow showed that music helped dogs who were kenneled chill out for a while. While the music didn’t significantly stop dogs from barking, they did spend more time lying down than running around. The music that had the most soothing effects? Soft rock and reggae.

4. Anti-anxiety Clothing The Thundershirt applies gentle pressure to a pup’s chest while he wears it. The coat essentially swaddles your dog and reinforces a sense of security. This model is machine-washable and totally drug free. Thundershirt makes a similar product with different sizing and style options.

6. A secure crate

People often find the notion of being in a relatively tight space to be anxiety-inducing, but dogs often have the opposite opinion. In fact, dogs typically appreciate having a small and secure place to call their own, so be sure your anxious pup has a high-quality dog crate.

You can make your dog’s crate even more comfortable by adding extra padding or bedding, high value treats, and a favorite toy or two. Your dog might also appreciate the extra privacy that comes from using a crate cover.

Just be sure to introduce your dog to the crate gradually, and avoid locking him inside for excessive periods of time

7. Clothing Certain clothing, like the famous Thundershirt, may help alleviate anxiety by providing comforting pressure.

These garments are typically used during things like thunderstorms or fireworks, but other owners use them when their pup is feeling frightened or when leaving their anxiety-afflicted dogs alone.

It isn’t entirely clear why these kinds of garments work in some cases (to be clear, they do not work for all pups), but it’s likely somewhat similar to the way in which infants feel more secure when swaddled.

8. Lickimat LickiMat use calms your pet as they enjoy their favourite treat. LickiMat is designed to reduce anxiety and promote calm behavior in your pet by encouraging licking action and stimulating your pet’s tongue. The extended licking action promoted by LickiMat releases a calming hormone in your dog.

9. More exercise

Dogs with pent up energy may be more likely to exhibit anxiety or fear.

So, make sure your dog is getting enough exercise to keep him feeling his best.

Just be sure to discuss your dog’s exercise needs with your vet to ensure you are getting him enough, without overdoing things.

And don’t feel like this means you need to run miles and miles with your pooch. Even simple trips to the dog park can be great, easy ways to introduce more exercise and socialization into your dog’s routine.

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