How To Prevent Anxiety In Dogs

It can be tricky to predict what may trigger your dog’s anxiety, preventing anxiety-inducing situations will be a big part of managing it when it does happen. Fortunately, with good observation, this can be done in a good number of ways.

How to prevent anxiety in dogs:

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Socializing

Introducing your dog to new people, other pets, places, and experiences can help them to adjust better to their environments and prevent unpleasant responses following exposure in the long run. A well-socialized dog will also be easier to train.

Training

This is the bedrock of a healthy relationship with a good foundation of trust between you and your dog; it also helps them to obey instructions that may be necessary to protect them from anxiety-related problems.

Learning to Read Their Body Language

Dogs behave in a whole range of unusual behaviors when anxious.  Detecting and understanding their root cause quickly will significantly improve your ability to provide care and alleviate the situation.

Nutrition and Exercise

Good nutrition keeps your dog healthy, and exercise keeps them physically and mentally stimulated. These are essential for your pet’s well-being and development as they boost their serotonin levels, making them less likely to suffer from anxiety.

Avoiding the Trigger

If your dog has a record of anxiety, it is only wise to avoid things or situations that could trigger it. For example, you should avoid parks if you’ve observed that your furry friend gets anxious around large groups of people. This will reduce the chances of an anxiety attack.

If the trigger cannot be avoided, use a harness, a leash, or a muzzle to keep them under control in public places.

Teach Them to Cope with Your Absence

Because most dogs are attached to their owners, you need to prepare your dog for those unavoidable future separations. This may be by incorporating short absences into the time you both spend together, as little as a few seconds. Then slowly, as they become more comfortable with being separated from you, you increase the length of time spent out of their sight. This is known as ‘desensitization training’ and is beneficial for dogs with a tendency to develop separation anxiety. Here is a guide on how to help a dog with separation anxiety.

Having a dog sitter also comes in handy, so your dog never has to be left alone, especially if you will be gone for long.

Get Them Involved in Sports

Sports like dog-dancing, bikejoring, or catch-ball improve agility in canines and enable them to be more confident about being by themselves.

It is worthy of note that you may try your best to prevent your canine companion from coming down with anxiety, and they would still suffer from it. Do not beat yourself up. Simply ensure that you are aware of some of the signs and symptoms of dog anxiety so that you can nip it in the bud early enough.

People who are ignorant of dog anxiety and its dangers could be very dismissive or unkind to their pets who suffer from it. Prior knowledge will save you from falling into this category of people.

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