Make Much Better Pets
Put an End to your dog’s stress and
Frustrating behavior problems for good!
You can have happy, healthy, and CALM dogs by just learning some
effective stress relief techniques. REALLY! If you’re struggling with
dog anxiety issues you’re not alone.
This is a common problem, and small dogs like the Coton de Tulear can be
just as susceptible as any other dog when it comes to fear and anxiety
issues. When your small pup is showing symptoms of anxiety, it’s up to
you to step in and help.
Some canines are naturally nervous and anxious due to genetics, and others just get
stressed under certain conditions such thunder storms, going to the vet,
or being left alone. But no matter what the cause, you can find
solutions for your dog anxiety issues.
Learn how to help your puppy relax and enjoy just being a dog using these stress relief tips:
- First, make sure there are no underlying medical causes for the anxiety. This is especially true if there's a sudden change in your dog's demeanor.
- Training. Consistent ongoing training provides mental and physical stimulation. Calm dogs understand that YOU are the leader and in charge so they don’t have to take on the weight of the world – that’s YOUR job.
- Know the signals of canine anxiety so you can take appropriate action BEFORE your dog becomes severely stressed and exhibits dangerous behavior.
- Learn what triggers your dog’s anxiety so you can take appropriate action. For instance, there are actions you can take if your dog is afraid of thunder or if he has a case of puppy separation anxiety.
- Socialize your dog early and often. This is critical. Calm dogs have been exposed to a wide variety of people, places, noises, and situations so that they feel relaxed and secure no matter what they encounter on a daily basis.
- Calm dogs are well rested so make sure your dog is getting enough sleep.
- Provide lots of exercise to release tension.
- You can try holistic treatments such as massage, aromatherapy, or acupuncture.
- Distract your pup from the cause of anxiety, but don’t mistake this for rewarding your dog for his anxiety-driven behavior (barking, whining, biting).
- Minimize the discomfort when any new person or situation is introduced.
- If your dog is stressed because he's alone for hours at a time, look for solutions such as introducing another pet as a companion; keeping interactive toys available to keep him from getting bored; or hire a dog walker, pet sitter, or friend to stay with him while you are away.
- Establish a routine for your pet so he feels safe and secure.
- Be a good role model. Dogs can pick up on YOUR stress. If you are nervous or anxious your furry friend is likely to pick up on this and become anxious as well. Calm dogs learn relaxed behavior from calm owners.
- Show your dog that his worry is unfounded. For instance, if he’s barking at someone outside the window, just walk over to the window calmly and say something like “it’s okay” and turn around and walk away. Don’t touch or soothe or talk incessantly to your pup – this will only reinforce his belief that there’s something to be concerned about.
- Make sure your dog gets proper nutrition. A high quality dog food can eliminate many health issues such as inflammation. And when your pup feels better, it can have a profound impact on mental well-being as well.
- Be patient; you won’t always get immediate results so hang in there – the results will be well worth it.
- If all else fails, you can try an anti-anxiety product. There are thousands on the market since dog anxiety is so widespread. You can work with your vet for severe cases, or you can find many products available at pet stores and online. Amazon has over 2000 products available for dog anxiety relief.
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