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How Do You Calm A Stressed Dog?

How to calm a stressed dog will depend on the reason for the stress and may be as simple as playing soft music or exercising him more. In other cases, it may take medical intervention in the form of medication in order to calm your pet. What will work for your dog depends on the severity of the stress and the underlying cause.

Stress Relief Remedies 

There are many types of stress, and if you figure out what is causing your dog's anxiety, it will be easier to help him. Some dogs are just generally stress-prone. In those cases, there may not be a specific cause. Either way, there are several things you can try to calm your stressed dog.

DIY Remedies 

If the stress seems mild and isn't causing your dog to harm himself, try these simple solutions:

  • Exercise: Some dogs are stressed because they are bored, and more exercise can help to relieve that boredom. Make sure he gets at least two long walks per day. More is even better.
  • New Toys and Tricks: Another way to stave off canine boredom is by regularly teaching him new tricks and buying him interactive toys that keep his mind engaged.
  • Soothing Music: Playing classical music or even keeping the television on while you're away can help calm a stressed dog.
  • Calming Products: Many pet owners found great success by using calming products such as collars, shirts, and diffusers. 

Professional Intervention 

If the stress is severe or if the DIY methods don't work, it's time for professional intervention. Talk to your vet about whether or not medication is appropriate or call an animal behaviorist. Keep in mind that if the stress came on suddenly, it could be due to a medical condition. In that case, make an appointment with your vet right away.

Stress doesn't usually go away on its own. In some cases, it will continue to get worse over time, so ignoring the problem won't help. Start working on a solution today, so you can have a calmer, happier dog. 

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