Every dog at some point or the other undergoes some kind of anxiety or stress. To help your dog overcome anxiety and stress issues, you first need to identify the cause and find out since how long he has been displaying signals and symptoms of anxiety.
Symptoms of anxiety
Different dogs demonstrate anxiety signals in different ways like-
- decreased appetite
- profusely shaking or trembling
- continuously smacking lips
- excessive drooling
- frequent yawning
- dilated pupils
- hyper- vigilance
- and even skin lesions in extreme cases
If you observe any of these symptoms repeatedly then your pet dog most probably is experiencing stress or anxiety symptoms. Now that you have determined that your pet dog is experiencing anxiety the next step is to identify the cause of it.
Causes of anxiety
Anxiety can be caused due to several reasons like a bad experience with some larger dogs, abusive behavior by some person. loud noises like fireworks or thunder, medical illness or irritation by some other animals. Notice his behavior when he is being taken out or his reaction to certain people or places.
In many cases, dogs experience anxiety, even when they are separated from their owners for long durations.
Tips to calm down your pet dog
- Physical contact
Petting your dog or just holding him can make him feel secure and comforted. Like in humans’ physical contact helps relieve anxiety and stress in dogs too.
- Praise them
Talking to them and continuously praising them and rewarding them keeps them happy and helps to keep your dog nice and calm.
- Keep your own emotions in check
Try not to look too stressed out and anxious yourself as your pets can easily sense your discomfort and will feel more nervous and stressed than before.
- Anxiety supplements and medications
In extreme cases, your vet may prescribe some anti -depressants or dietary supplements containing amino acids like tryptophan and polyunsaturated fatty acids like DEXA hexanoic acid. Pheromones for dogs also have been reported to having a calming effect on dogs, which are available in diffusers, sprays and even infused into collars etc.