How Do You Calm an Anxious Dog?

New environments, strange sounds, and separation can all cause your dog to get anxious. When a dog is feeling nervous, you can usually tell based on their behaviors. Whining, barking, shaking, and loss of appetite are all common symptoms of anxiety in dogs.

If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, let’s look at some of the beneficial ways to calm your anxious dog:

Calming an Anxious Dog

Exercise Leads to a Happy Dog

Anxiety can cause a lot of excess energy in the body. If you know that you are about to expose your dog to a new environment or situation that may provoke stress, it is always helpful to bring them out to play before the exposure. Letting your dog run around and play with you will help you develop a deeper bond with your dog, and it will tire them out more quickly.

If you’re leaving your dog for a while, make sure that they are in the hands of someone that you can trust will bring them outside every day. If you’re leaving your dog overnight, their anxieties may continue into the next day. So, giving them the chance to run around and explore will help stimulate their sense and calm them down.

Soothe Your Dog With Physical Touch

Just like humans, physical touch can help soothe your pet and calm them down. If your dog is expressing signs of anxiety, you can try picking them up, snuggling up to them on the couch, or simply spend some time petting them.

If you want to spoil your pup, you can give them a massage to help them relax and calm. You’d be surprised at how much 15 minutes of touch can calm down your anxious dog.

Calming Shirts and Wraps for Your Dog

Compression shirts apply gentle pressure to your dog’s body, helping them feel calm and secure. Compression shirts have a similar impact as a swaddle does for a baby. The pressure is constant so that the calming results will happen quickly.

Bring Your Dog to a Trustworthy Boarding Facility

Tailwaggers Country Inn is the ideal place for your dog to stay while you travel. Our experienced staff will make sure your dog feels safe, calm, and enjoys their stay.

For years, we’ve been able to help dogs enjoy themselves while they’re away from their owners. For more information, contact us online or give us a call at 877-774-DOGS.