Are you wondering how you can naturally help keep your canine companion calm and relaxed?
Dog anxiety, whether it's caused by separation, loud noises, car rides, or just general anxiousness, can be a challenging issue for both dog owners and their furry friends. Fortunately, there are natural remedies to help your pup cope with stress and find relaxation. In this blog post, we'll explore various methods and techniques to ease your dog's anxiety, keeping them happy, healthy, and relaxed as much as possible.
Understanding Dog Anxiety
Dog anxiety is a common issue that can manifest in various ways, such as destructive behavior, excessive barking or licking, or even physical symptoms like trembling. Understanding the root of your dog's anxiety is the first step in finding the right natural remedy.
One of the most prevalent forms of dog anxiety is separation anxiety, where dogs become anxious when left alone. Symptoms can range from whining and barking to destructive chewing.
Loud noises, such as thunderstorms or fireworks, can trigger severe anxiety in many dogs. Some pups might become fearful or even panic during these events.
General Anxiety or Situational Anxiety
Dogs can experience general anxiety, which might not be linked to a specific trigger. This can make everyday life stressful for both your pet and you.
Natural Remedies for Dog Anxiety
Now, let's explore various natural remedies that can help calm dog anxiety naturally.
Some essential oils like lavender and chamomile have a calming effect on dogs. Use a diffuser or mix a few drops with a carrier oil for massaging your dog. Our dry dog shampoo contains lavender, so this can be a great way to soothe your dog and keep him smelling clean! Our dog shampoo bar with oats and honey and dog paw balm both contain lavender as well, so you have a few different options to keep your pooch groomed and happy.
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is gaining popularity for its potential to ease anxiety in dogs. It interacts with the nervous system to promote relaxation.
We recommend trying this CBD/CBDa oil for dogs with situational stress, like separational anxiety. For dogs with long term anxiety, try this CBD/CBG oil.
Calming Music Therapy
Playing calming music or soft rock can have a soothing effect on dogs, especially during storms or noisy situations. It drowns out the loud noises and reduces stress.
Physical Exercise and Mental Stimulation
Regular physical exercise and mental stimulation are vital for a dog's mental well-being. A tired dog is less likely to exhibit anxious behavior. This Treat Clincher Classic is a great option to keep your dog entertained for hours. Simply attach the clincher to some sturdy furniture and affix a chew toy like our BetterBones to the clincher and your pup will be tugging and chewing nonstop for a very long time.
Herbs like valerian root and l-tryptophan are known as natural mood stabilizers. For proper dosages and guidance, consult your veterinarian
Supplements like L-theanine and melatonin can be used to ease anxiety in dogs, particularly in stressful situations.
Natural Solutions for Specific Anxiety Triggers
Motion sickness and anxiety in the car can be alleviated by gradually getting your dog used to the car, using pheromone sprays, or using a calming supplement. And always feed your dog well advanced of any car travel time. For a dog who easily gets car sick, a full belly will surely lead to vomiting. It's best to postpone the meal until after you arrive at your destination.
If your dog has storm or weather-related anxiety, consider calming your dog during thunderstorms by creating a safe space, providing distractions like toys or treats, and using calming music.
Gradual desensitization, providing engaging toys, or considering a second pet can help dogs with separation anxiety.
Training your dog for travel, using anti-anxiety clothing or wraps, and providing a comforting item can help reduce travel-related anxiety.
Natural Mood Stabilizers and General Tips
Looking to soothe your pup's anxiety symptoms? Here are some natural ways to treat dog anxiety and help your dog cope.
Reduce Stress: If you have an anxious dog, establishing routines and maintaining a calm environment can help reduce stress and calm anxiety.
Provide Adequate Exercise: Regular walks, playtime, and mental stimulation help dissipate excess energy and be a natural mood stabilizer for your pup.
Promote Relaxation: A comfortable dog bed, a sense of constant pressure (like a weighted blanket for humans), and calming supplements can reduce anxiety and provide much-needed stress relief for your furry friend. This Molly Mutt Dog Bed Duvet is a great bedding choice for anxious dogs because, after stuffing it with your old clothes, towels, linens, or other materials, it will smell like you, making it comfortable for your pet and good for our planet.
Natural Remedies for Anxious Dogs
Your dog's health and well-being should always be a top priority. If your dog suffers from anxiety, natural treatments can provide a safer and more holistic approach to helping them become a calm, content, and stress-free companion. Remember that every dog is unique, and it may take some trial and error to discover the solution that works for your pet.