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Top Tips for a Nervous Dog

March 18, 2019 | by verity.ramus@hooknortonvets.co.uk | Pets

Just like humans, there are many things that can make your dog anxious. Staying at home alone, fireworks, travelling, loud noises, new family members (babies), going to the kennels, neighbouring dogs, going to the vets… the list goes on!

The good news is that you can help your dog to feel less anxious in their home environment. You can make your dog a cosy den, with plenty of blankets and (doggy friendly) food stuffed chew toys. This will help to encourage licking behaviour, which is self-soothing. Leaving the TV or radio on if you leave your dog at home when you go to work will help them feel less lonely. Try not to make a big fuss about you leaving, a simple cue will help to let them know what is happening.

If you are planning on taking your dog on holiday with you then making sure you make regular stops to stretch their legs, go to the toilet and have a drink will help break up the journey and keep your dog happy. If your dog is anxious in the car then you can try getting them being used to a stationary car first. Then try short trips, before making your 4-hour long holiday drive for your week away. If your dog is prone to travel sickness, give them a light meal before you leave, but do not restrict their water.

You can also use a pheromone diffuser to help your dog feel calmer in stressful situations. They come in a variety of different forms; plug-in home diffusers, handy sprays for travelling and on-the-go collars that can be worn all the time. At HNVG we stock Adaptil®.

If you are worried about your pet’s health then contact your vet. At HNVG, RVN & Pet Behaviourist Vicki Harrington, can work with you to help your dog feel more at home. Contact us today if you would like to make an appointment or would like more information.

Written by verity.ramus@hooknortonvets.co.uk

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