Help Reduce Your Dog's Anxiety
Just like people, our beloved dogs and cats can develop anxiety too, and some are naturally more disposed to the condition than others. Understanding the factors contributing to your pet’s anxiety can help you determine the best approach to helping your dog or cat.
What Is Anxiety In Dogs?
Dog anxiety is a natural fear response gone slightly haywire. The fight/flight/freeze reaction is a healthy and necessary survival tool that is activated in response to a real threat, but anxiety occurs when this reaction takes place in anticipation of something that can’t do actual harm, such as thunder, fireworks, sudden loud noises, or a new environment.
Your dog can’t use words to tell you when or why she is feeling anxious, but their behaviour will give us clues. Such indicators may include aggression, excessive barking, pacing, or restlessness. There may be instances when you can easily treat your dog's anxiety, however, in some cases, it may be totally out of your control. For an alternative remedy, you could try the following…
Calming Dog Treats
Using herbs and vitamins as their active ingredients, calming dog treats are a non-medical, anxiety-treating remedy you can use to help soothe your dog's anxiety. Here's a couple of our favourites...
These calming dog treats from Pooch & Mutt are made with Chamomile and Valerian Root which are known for their calming qualities. The treats are wheat-free and junk-free with only 100% natural ingredients used meaning they are naturally low in calories! There's also a Pooch & Mutt calming dry dog food in the range which is designed for dogs who tend to be anxious or excitable.
These loving hand-baked heart-shaped calming dog treats from Forthglade contain a mix of natural botanicals widely known for their calming properties, including Chamomile & lemon balm – which make them perfect for nervous or anxious dogs.
If you don't think calming dog treats will do the trick, there are alternative methods for easing your dog's anxiety. This could be as simple as a dog bed, collar, or calming aromatherapy spray. Here are a few ideas for you...
Anxiety Reducing Dog Beds
Our anxiety-reducing plush dog beds are designed to help calm your pet. High sides for security, these beds are super soft and comfortable. The long fur mimics mother or company and can help to reduce stress and calm dogs with separation anxiety. The beds also come with a cute pillow toy for an added companion during nap time. Chose between pink or brown.
Calming Dog Sprays
Paws & Relax is a soothing aromatherapy dog spray infused with lavender and chamomile to help calm and relax your dog. Simply spray your dog before stressful situations to help ease anxiety, it also has a built-in conditioner and pro-vitamin B5 for a healthy coat! Plus, there's currently 3-4-2 on the entire Animology range.
If you'd prefer a vanilla scent, then try the Charlie & Co Naturals 100% Natural Calming Dog Fragrance which is made with plant extracts of Vanilla and Chamomile which promotes a sense of calmness and relaxation.
Calming Dog Collar
The Beaphar Calming Collar for Dogs effectively calms and helps to reduce problem behaviour, such as excessive barking, destructive behaviour and inappropriate urine marking in the home. Containing the natural herbs valerian and lavender, which are often used in human healthcare to manage stress, it leaves dogs feeling calm, settled, relaxed and reduces problem behaviour. This can be especially important in a multi-pet household.
Once fitted the collar works quickly, and will be effective within one hour after application. The collar will be effective for up to six weeks, meaning it is ideal for dogs that frequently travel to the vets or kennels, during firework displays and the party season, or for those that generally seem unsettled.