9 Tips for Calming an Anxious Dog

Dogs can experience anxiety for a number of reasons. They might get upset when you leave the house or when they’re on a new schedule. They may have been in a fight or gone through some sort of medical trauma recently. Regardless of the cause, anxiety happens to dogs young and old for a variety of reasons.

When your dog is anxious, he or she might destroy your belongings when you leave, go to the bathroom all around the house, excessively lick or groom himself, tremble, or withdraw from you and your other pets. It hurts you to see your pet suffer, and you want to do anything you can to make him feel better. If your dog is anxious, consider these tips for calming him/her down in their time of need.

Make sure he gets exercise

Dogs go through anxiety when they have a lot of pent-up energy and no way to release it. Every dog is different when it comes to how much exercise they need, but a good rule of thumb is at least 30 minutes a day. Hunting and highly energetic breeds may need two hours of exercise per day.

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Give your dog a massage

You can either go to a professional or give your dog a massage yourself. A massage can be given daily or when dogs are experiencing anxiety. Simply petting your dog could also help him or her calm down.



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