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8 Natural Products to Help Calm Your Dog’s Anxiety

If your dog has a problem with any type of anxiety — including separation anxiety — the behaviors that manifest can include panting, pacing, barking, whining, scratching, chewing or even inappropriate elimination. Anxiety attacks can be very taxing to both your dog and you.

When a dog is suffering from such an attack, it’s important not to scold or punish it. You might also want to avoid any praising or petting behaviors because your dog may mistakenly believe that you would like the anxious behavior to continue.

Calm Your Dog’s Anxiety

Although you can ask your vet for a prescription anti-anxiety medication, you may want to try one or more of these eight products, first, to see if you can help your dog naturally. Of course, your dog’s health and wellbeing are paramount, so consult a vet or see a dog behavioral therapist if you find that these natural methods aren’t helping.

These common diseases that can risk your pet’s health can become serious if you don’t care.

1. Calming Collar

A calming collar is just what it sounds like – a collar that your pet wears that will help it become calmer. Calming collars use pheromone technology that can alter dog behaviors fueled by stress and anxiety, such as excessive barking, chewing or inappropriate elimination habits. Collars are available in multi-packs because their soothing chamomile and lavender fragrance will only last up to 30 days.

2. Calming Chews

If your dog likes treats — and what dog doesn’t — you might want to try calming chews. Calming chews are soft chews that you can give to your pet to help ease its anxiety and stress. Calming chews infused with CBD oil (for both large and small dogs) are available online and are made from a variety of natural ingredients. They are used as a supplement to your dog’s healthy diet and can usually be given two to three times per day — just like treats. They even come in a dog-friendly beef flavor.

Calm Your Dog’s Anxiety

3. Dog Anxiety Jacket

You’ve probably seen the big-name brand of dog anxiety jackets and the accompanying price tag, but that doesn’t mean that you have to spend that much money on this particular product. There are plenty of dog anxiety jacket manufacturers out there to choose from — some of which are much less expensive than the big-name brand.

Dog anxiety jackets use a gentle form of compression to help alleviate anxious feelings in your pet. Think of it like when you swaddle an infant or place a weighted blanket on a person who is prone to anxiety. Apparently, the compression makes the dog feel more safe and secure.

Although dog anxiety jackets work for a majority of dogs — approximately 8 out of 10 — your dog might not be one that responds by being more relaxed and less anxious. Make sure you choose a brand that offers a money-back guarantee in case the product is not effective for your dog.

4. Anxiety Dog Bed

An anxiety dog bed has a soft fleece cover. To use, you’ll place a pillow you’ve slept on inside one half of its cover so that when your dog rests on the bed, it will smell your scent. The other half of the cover is flat. The idea is that the dog will place its head on the pillow side of the bed and the familiar scent of its owner will serve to comfort it and hopefully calm its anxiety.

5. Sonic Stress Relief Collar

Dogs have sensitive hearing, and sometimes sounds that accompany events such as thunderstorms or firework popping can unnerve them and launch them into a full-blown anxiety attack. Sonic stress relief collars have a small device that emits calming music near your dog’s ears that can help distract your dog from worrying about the sounds that cause it to have anxiety.

6. Calming Diffusers

Calming diffusers for pet anxiety come in a variety of forms, such as wall plugs or lockets you can attach to your dog’s collar. Wall plugs have an attached reservoir that you can fill with a calming diffuser oil, and as it warms, it will waft into the air where your pet will smell it.

When using a locket, you’ll place of few drops of a calming essential oil onto a small pad that fits inside the locket. The locket has small holes in it that will allow the scent of the calming oil to diffuse while your pet is wearing it. When the smell is no longer evident, you can take old the old pad and replace it with a new one. When using calming essential oils, never apply them topically to your dog’s skin or give your dog a chance to possibly ingest the oil — neither is considered an effective or safe use.

How To Cope With Anxiety

While it may be perfectly normal to be anxious, there are times when it can be too much and beyond your control. It manifests in various forms such as phobia for certain things, health anxiety, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, and panic attacks.

If you have been having episodes of panic attacks or social anxiety, the best thing to do would be to ask for help, contact the Clarity Clinic

Outlined below are a few tips on how to handle anxiety.

How To Cope With Anxiety

1. Take Deep Breaths

Anxiety triggers a ‘fight or flight‘ response which is characterized by an increased heart rate and adrenaline rush. This is only the body’s way of trying to protect you from a threatening situation by releasing more energy in readiness to move faster or fight. Although this response may come in handy when in danger, it isn’t entirely necessary when leaving for the supermarket or school, for example. That said, you need to learn how to manage his situation by helping the body calm down, and back to its state of equilibrium. Taking deep long breaths can help calm your body and nerves. Inhale the maximum amount of air your lungs can accommodate, then exhale slowly. Repeat these two to three times until you’ve calmed down.

How To Cope With Anxiety

2. Question your Thoughts

As mentioned earlier, there are times when you will get anxious over a small matter or even nothing at all. Anxiety, however, tends to make us question any decision we make, as well as cloud our thinking. A good example of this is getting overly anxious just because your boss sends you a message or email.  Your mind will try to prove you did something wrong, while your will power says otherwise. In such an instance, you need to question every thought you have. Do not accept the notion before evaluating it first. Accepting the first thought that comes to your mind will trigger a flight response, which might not be necessary at that moment.

3. Test your Fears

Anxiety makes you question every decision you make or even worse, make a negative prediction on something yet to happen.  Failing to go to work simply because your employer will fire you, is an excellent example of a negative forecast. Before you can act on a thought, test it out first. Ask yourself, ‘what if I am wrong?’

4. Don’t Play The ‘Avoidance’ Game

Many people will create a whole manner of stories, and excuses to avoid doing what is required of them. Many will do this simply because they are afraid anxiety will kick in. One will avoid getting behind the wheel because he/she fears to get into an accident, while another will fail to attend the general meeting because he/she might be asked a question. Playing the avoidance game only makes your life harder and miserable.  Facing your worst fears head-on can however help regain confidence and have your life back. If anxiety tries to kick in when facing a problem, brush the thought aside and soldier on. It is by facing your fears that physical and psychological anxiety starts to fade giving you the strength you need to tackle it.  If anxious about driving, try driving in areas with less traffic. Try driving around the neighborhood, then to one junction and the next. Before you know it, you will be driving at the city center without the worry of getting into an accident creeping in.

How To Cope With Anxiety

5.  Learn to Accept Anxiety

While uncomfortable, anxiety is a normal emotion triggered when the body senses danger.  We all get anxious sometimes. This however doesn’t mean we should let it control the outcome. Knowing that you are in control and learning to accept anxiety is however the first step to coping with it. Anxiety is just like other emotions, there are times when you will be happy, others sad, and sometimes flat. Accept the fact that you are anxious and move on. If it however lingers on longer than it should, it might then be time to seek professional help and support.

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