As devoted dog moms, we know that having a dog is like having another member of the family. And like all moms, when a family member is feeling anxious, nervous, or unhappy, we want to do whatever we can to make things better for them.
Today I’m sharing 4 ways to calm an anxious dog. These tips have worked for me and my dogs, but it’s important to remember that if your dog is not well, it might be time to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.
4 Ways to Calm an Anxious Dog
1) Provide a Distraction
Much like with humans, distracting your dog from her feelings of anxiousness can potentially help her overcome fears. Taking her for regular walks, playing with her, and even finding a favorite toy that makes her forget about her worries and anxiety will help your dog settle down and relax a bit.
Sometimes dogs feel anxious if they aren’t getting enough physical activity so this is the first thing you should be looking at to calm your pup down. Getting outside in the fresh air has benefits for both of you!
2) Consider CBD Oils
There are many oils that can help your dog to feel calm. One option is CBD oil, which is derived from the cannabis plant. Honest Paws Oils for dogs produces oils to help to calm a nervous dog. It’s important to remember that CBD oil will not harm your dog or in fact, make your dog experience a “high”, but of course if you have questions, never hesitate to make a call to your vet.
CBD oil has been proven to help with anxiety and should be considered when dealing with an anxious dog. It may also be helpful for a myriad of other conditions, like allergies, mobility, and pain and inflammation.
3) Provide Love and Affection
All dogs love and crave affection. For them, there’s nothing quite like that moment when you walk through the door at the end of the day. Anxiousness immediately starts to dissipate, and your dog starts to anticipate those loving scratches and cuddles from you.
Showing your pup plenty of love and affection will definitely help with anxiousness. Studies have even shown that playing with or loving on your pet may have a positive impact on your anxiety as well!
4) Consider Your Dog’s Diet
Finally, and again much like humans, diet can have a big impact on your dog’s behavior. If you’re not giving your dog the right kind of diet for her size, age, and breed, that could be one of the reasons she’s feeling out of sorts. It’s important to look at what you’re feeding your pet and learn how to find the right food for your dog.
A proper diet will positively impact so much more than just her anxiety level and could actually add years to your dog’s life.
What tips and tricks have worked to calm your anxious dog? I’d love for you to share your experience in a comment below or, better yet, drop by my private Facebook group for dog moms and join in the conversation there!