Stress is a term that describes feelings of strain or pressure. The causes of stress are extremely diverse. Perhaps you are stressed out because of your job, you get nervous when meeting new people, or your daily routine is disrupted. You can find relief from stress in a variety of ways. Perhaps you find comfort in the company of a trusted friend. Our dogs can also become stressed. We certainly want to help relieve our pet’s stress because we know how it makes us feel. However, because our dogs do not express their emotions, slam the phone down, or throw a tantrum, how can we tell if they are stressed?
You must be familiar with your dog’s normal demeanour in order to distinguish stress signs from normal behaviour. Then you’ll know whether he’s licking his lips because he’s nervous or because he wants a treat. The best way to treat your canine companion is to identify the source of the problem. There are some proven ways to reduce anxiety of dogs-
A massage, as you are probably aware, can relax and calm even the most anxious human — but did you know it also works wonders on dogs?! Anxiety frequently causes muscle tensing, and massage therapy is one method of relieving tension. Begin at the neck and work your way down with long strokes. Maintain one hand on the dog while the other works on the massage. Over time, you may be able to pinpoint the source of your dog’s stress and focus solely on that area.
While anxiety isn’t a bad behaviour in and of itself, giving your dog some time out when they’re acting out can help. Isolating your pet in a safe and quiet environment can help to soothe their frayed nerves. Perhaps there is some very quiet music playing, low lighting, and/or aromatherapy available in that space.
Your Dog Should Be Exercised
If your dog suffers from separation anxiety, the obvious solution is to never leave them alone. That is not a reality for most pet owners, so using exercise as both a bonding experience and a way to tyre out your pet is frequently a simple solution!
Because anxiety can cause an excess of energy, taking your dog for a long walk or a game of ball before you leave can be beneficial. It is also beneficial to make lots of physical contact with them and talk to them during this time. Exercise, like its human counterparts, can help relieve stress by producing beneficial endorphins.
They are therapies that can be used alone or in conjunction with those listed above to increase their effectiveness. Before implementing alternative therapies, conduct thorough research and consult with your veterinarian.