Calming Tips for Your Dog This Fourth of July
If you’ve ever experienced anxiety, you know that feeling nervous and stressed can become overwhelming, even debilitating at times. Unfortunately, it’s not unusual for pets to also experience anxiety, especially with exposure to the loud noises from July 4th and spring/summer thunderstorms.
The causes behind the anxiety in your dog can be vast, but include past abuse, loud noises, medical problems, or other animals. To help a dog that is stressed, you must first recognize your dog’s stress signals. Each dog has his or her own “communication style,” so it’s up to us to determine what signals he or she uses to indicate anxiety.
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At-Home Tips for Calming Your Dog
Depending on what causes your dog stress, the solution can be as simple as recognizing the stressor and removing it. However, other stressors may not be as easily removed. Here are a few things you can do at-home to calm your pet:
- Play music: playing music for your pets can sometimes easy anxiety, especially if your dog suffers from separation anxiety.
- Physical contact: try petting your dog or sitting near him to see if his anxiety symptoms subside. Depending on your dog’s temperament, this technique may reduce his fear and stress.
- Exercise: make sure your dog get’s plenty of exercise earlier in the day. Having a worn-out dog should help relieve the nervous tension during a storm or loud fireworks.
- Check your own state of mind: reacting to your dog’s anxiety with nervousness can be picked up by your canine companion. Stay calm to prevent the problem from heightening further.
- Keep your windows, curtains, and blinds closed: frightened dogs sometimes attempt to escape. You should also make sure to have up-to-date tags on your dog’s collar in case he does escape.
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