Relieving Anxiety In Dogs
Just like humans, dogs also face complex chemical processes in the brain that everyone calls feelings and emotions. Our furry companions can feel anxious as a response to the events occurring in their environment and surrounding. You may think that dogs have an entirely different way of dealing with those feelings; however, studies have shown that dogs are also social animals just like humans, and they need to interact with other living things to grow and adapt.
What are some signs of anxiety in dogs?
Since dogs cannot communicate with humans using words about their needs and worries, pet owners should then look at their dog’s body language and behaviour for signs. Anxious dogs bark or howl when they are alone, they shiver a lot and usually distance themselves from humans by running away and hiding in corners. They also meddle with furniture when they are anxious.
How can I relieve my dog’s anxiety?
There are several ways you can bring comfort and peace of mind to your fluffy companion.
Spend dedicated time with them regularly
Dogs are considered to be social animals as we mentioned before who seek companionship from their owners. A common cause of anxiety in dogs is feeling lonely which makes it important for dog owners to spend dedicated time and give their attention to their furry friend regularly. Dogs bring us so much joy and simply being present with them will go a long way in relieving anxiety.
Classical Music Helps
Studies done by the Scottish SCPA have shown that dogs react much more positively towards classical music, and this music plays a crucial role in calming down an anxious dog. You can also play music specifically composed for dogs.
Petting Your Dog
Most dogs love being cuddled and petted. It’s only natural that they feel and desire physical affection from their humans. In many situations, the anxiety of a dog can be battled by simply petting or scratching them on their favourite spot. The most common and safest way is to pat their head or their bellies. However, not every dog is alike and you should watch how they react to where you pet them.
Dogs can feel or become anxious due to events in their environment or triggers from previous experiences. Anxiety can be relieved by spending time with your dog, petting them and even by playing classical music.