Like humans, dogs have emotions that they display in the form of behaviour. Unfortunately, they have also been burdened with the feeling of anxiousness, and this can often stem from abuse from previous owners, or even a fear of loud noises like fireworks. Whatever it is causing your dog to feel anxious, you need to ensure that not only are you there for them, but you’re doing everything you can to take these feelings away from them. So here’s some tips on how to calm an anxious dog.
Look at their diet
Did you know that what we put into our bodies can greatly affect our mental health just as much as it does our physical health? Well, it’s the same for dogs too! Each dog breed requires a different type of nutrition so that they are at peak fitness and health, so you need to make sure that you’re feeding your pup the right food for their breed. Some dogs will be more expensive than others, but to keep them happy, healthy, and most importantly, free of anxiousness, make sure you’re feeding them the right kind of diet. You should also be aware of foods that you shouldn’t feed your dog, as this could affect their mental state too.
Give them a safe place
When you’re feeling anxious, it’s likely that you find a safe space to try and calm down and block out intruding thoughts, and your dog needs the same! While they will, of course, want attention and security from you as their owner, they will also need their own safe place – especially if you’re not in at the time! You should find a dog bed that will keep them warm, comfortable, and most importantly, feeling safe.
Consider obedience school
As mentioned earlier, sometimes a dog might show signs of anxiousness due to abuse from a previous owner, and it can be difficult to break through that history. However, taking them to obedience school and showing your dog that you’re not going to harm them and in fact, you want to nurture them may help with how they’re feeling. Also, having a better behaved dog will reduce the chances of you becoming annoyed with them and them becoming anxious – you see the cycle.
Earn their trust!
Finally, much like us, dogs need to trust people before they can finally relax around them – and that includes their owners! Providing a consistent, safe, and happy home for them will earn their trust and help them feel less anxious when they’re in your care and around you.
Dogs are the most loyal beings on earth, so try out these tips so that you can show your dog that you’re there for them which, in turn, will help those feelings of anxiety go away!