How to Deal with Anxiety in Dogs?
Dogs too have anxieties, fears, and inhibitions like us human beings. While therapy and support dogs can be a great source of comfort and can soothe any person requiring their assistance, they can sometimes be immensely affected by their circumstances too. At such times, it is very important for the support dogs’ caretaker or pet parent to calm them down and relieve them from any stress that is bothering them.
Canine mammals have unique ways of expressing their stress and anxiousness. It is the duty of their therapist or pet parent or person-in-charge to take loving care of them during their distress. The problems encountered by our pets maybe different from our own fears and insecurities. But they do affect the mental and physical wellbeing of your mutts.
Some of the stress and anxiety in service dogs can be triggered by:
- A fear of separation
- A fear of being confined to a person, place, or situation
- A fear of having to travel and being away from their caretakers/ guardians/ or pet parents.
When your mutt expresses anxiety by displaying disturbing repetitive and displacement behaviours or by being too quiet and sulky or barking continuously and for no apparent reason, what do you do?
It is very essential to pay attention to your service pet and address the reason for his/ her discomfort. Aggressive retaliatory methods and punishment to your pet are never going to help.
You could play with your pet, soothe him by staying calm and giving a relaxing massage plus you could also buy your dog some calming-down accessories that are sure to lift his/her spirits. This service dog vest for anxious dogs is one of those soothing equipment that can work wonders to pep up your pet and give him the comfortable feel of you being around all day with him/ her, when he’s out doing those tasks that have been planned for him/ her.