As pet parents, we know that dealing with dog anxiety is heartbreaking. For some, their precious pooch is too anxious to be themselves when visitors come over, whereas for others, it means a huge performance whenever you want to leave the house. And don’t get us started on fireworks.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for helping dogs with anxiety, but we do have tips that will help most pups get over their stress and enjoy life more.
If your dog is demonstrating signs of anxiety, your first call should always be to your veterinarian to rule out any underlying health problems that may be behind their behaviour.
Learning to read your dog's body language is the key to unlocking what your loveable pooch thinks and feels. Once you understand your dog, it's easier to prevent and avoid situations or stimuli that make your pup feel anxious. Learn more about dog body language here.
Regular mental stimulation and exercise is essential to keeping your pooch healthy and happy. Without an outlet like chasing a ball or going for walkies, a dog's pent up nervous energy and boredom generally result in them chewing your favourite shoes or shredding their bed.
One of the best tools for managing dog anxiety is obedience training. This type of dog training lays the foundations for a trusting and healthy relationship between you and your fur kid and makes it easier for them to socialise.
Counterconditioning is a dog training strategy used to treat dog anxiety. The purpose of counterconditioning is to change your pooch's response to anxiety-inducing stimuli. Usually, professional dog trainers teach anxious dogs to sit or focus on their owners instead of displaying anxious or aggressive behaviour.
Proper dog socialisation helps prevent fur kids from developing anxiety, becoming overly protective and lashing out. By teaching your dogs to meet new people, other dogs, animals or enjoy new places and experiences, you’ll help them decrease and even avoid the exaggerated fight or flight responses driven by anxiety.
Sometimes no amount of attention, exercise and training is enough to help a dog get over their anxiety. If this is your pup, it is time to return to your veterinarian for a personalised treatment plan. Be sure to discuss whether your fur baby will need continued medication or if there are options that can be kept for particularly stressful occasions, like fireworks and storms.
It is always best to discuss over-the-counter remedies with your doggy doctor before testing it out on your best friend. Your veterinarian will be able to tell you whether these products are safe, will help your pooch’s symptoms and the best dosage for their particular weight.
Please note this blog is for information purposes only. Valgray for Dogs encourages dog owners to consult a veterinarian before making decisions about dog feeding, medical care, oral health care or behavioural conditions.
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It’s important to measure your pup’s neck to make sure your new collar will fit comfortably. Remember to include some space around the neck for your pooch’s safety and comfort. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to fit two or three fingers between the neck and collar.
Once you have your doggo’s measurements, check our sizing guide below for the best collar size.
No problem! You can use a variety of household items to safely measure your dog’s neck. See our guide here.
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We try our best to cater to every breed, but some doggos might need a little extra at-home customisation to achieve the perfect fit. Making adjustments to our soft, PVC-coated nylon straps at home is easy. Simply use a standard leather punching tool to add additional holes, or use a utility knife to trim the length of your collar.
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