Dog Anxiety Solutions
Step One: Understand the cause
Has your dog has a negative experience of the event they are now scared of? Or perhaps they have had no experience at all.
Understanding just why your dog experiences fear in certain circumstances will help you find solutions.
Step Two: Vet medication?
If your dog's life is severely compromised by being anxious, then you may need to consider veterinary medication. Just as humans need medication for psychological conditions, so too can our pets.
Step Three: Short-term management
Relocating your dog to a different area of your home may prevent their anxiety levels rising. For example, if your dog reacts to people entering your property, place them where they cannot encounter people.
Calming agents such as lavender, Adaptil (dog appeasing pheromone) and veterinary medication may provide relief for your dog's fears and phobias. Ask your vet.
Step four: Long-term solutions
Long-term solutions for the anxious dog involve de-sensitising the dog to the situations that they fear. This needs to be carried out gradually and very carefully. It is suggested that professional help be used.
Solutions to the anxious, fearful and phobic dog are given in Dr Jo's book Dog Anxiety Problems Solved, now available on Amazon.
Ebook: Dog Anxiety Problems Solved
Dr Joanne Righetti has written a book to help dog owners solve their dog's anxieties, fears and/or phobias...
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