What Foods Calm Dogs Down?
Several foods, such as blueberries, sweet potatoes, turkey, oily fish, and whole brown rice may help in calming dogs down, but those foods alone will not fix the problem of an anxious dog. That being said, maintaining a healthy and well-balanced diet is important to your dog's health and mental wellness, so you should discuss your dog's diet with your vet if you're not sure you are providing all the nutrients your pet needs.
Calming An Anxious Dog
A change in diet won't be the cure-all to your dog's hyperactivity or anxiousness, but there are other things you can try to calm your dog such as:
- Increasing Exercise: Some dogs need plenty of exercise, and will be uncomfortable and anxious if they don't get it. Provide the opportunity for at least two 30-minute walks per day on average. If your schedule won't allow it, consider hiring the services of a dog walker.
- Calming Products: Some pet owners find success in the use of calming shirts, collars, and diffusers.
- More Playtime: Many dogs are social, so they need lots of interaction with their people. In addition to walks, toss a ball around for a bit or find other ways to play and interact with your pet.
- Background Noise: Playing classical music or keeping the television on can help to calm dogs.
If your best efforts don't bring the desired results, or if the anxiety is severe, contact your vet or an animal behaviorist who can work with you to help your dog be happy, healthy, and calm.
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