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 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.
- Be the leader. Dogs cannot relax until they have
released control over to you. 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, 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.
- 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
- 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
- Be patient; you won’t always get immediate results so hang in there – the results will be well worth it.
While canine anxiety can be frustrating and often heartbreaking,
these solutions are usually very effective. In severe cases, it may be
necessary to get medical attention. Your vet can prescribe medication
that can help calm your dog.
When traditional treatment or techniques don’t work there are also some alternative solutions you can try such as:
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