Top Tips To Help Calm Your Anxious Dog

 The darker winter nights are drawing in and we’re all making adjustments to accomodate the dwindling daylight. But have you ever stopped to think abouthow these changes may also be affecting your dog?

Modern day life is can be just as stressful and anxiety ridden for dogs as it can be for us humans and this can result in some behaviour problems including fears, phobias and general nervousness. Moving house, new people and animals joining the family home and noisy events such as fireworks can all add to the stress.

Top Tips To Calm Your Anxious Dog

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It’s unique formula of scientifically proven natural ingredients includes L-Theanine which supports production of calming compounds in the brain. One of those calmers is dopamine – the ‘feel-good’ chemical messenger involved in the pathways controlling reward and pleasure. Lemon Balm has an effect on GABA levels which exerts a calming effect by dampening down some of the signals travelling through the brain. High quality fish protein is also used to support brain function, as well as also acting on GABA and dopamine levels.

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Lintbells vet James Howie says there are ways to reduce the stress of fireworks season and other fearful events, “The first thing to understand is that noise phobias don’t get better with time – in fact in most cases the fearful reaction will become worse year on year.”

James advises pet owners to seek help from accredited pet behaviourists or vets, “There are techniques that can be used to help support your dog through fireworks season Using supplements and other aids can keep dogs relaxed enough to accept these techniques without feeling too anxious. It’s vital to involve the experts, though ,to make sure you help your dog learn new habits that will stick and that you lower anxiety effectively.”

How to calm your anxious dog

What Can You Do To Help Calm Your Anxious Dogs?

  • Provide a safe, quiet area, preferably covered, that your dog can retreat to when they feel anxious. You could use play tents, pet beds, a sheltered corner of a room, even a large cardboard box with a blanket and favourite toy inside. Dogs like to go somewhere where they can curl up and feel secure during times of stress. 
  • If your dog shows signs of being fearful or anxious act calmly and normally. Over compensating and providing too much fuss can reinforce the idea that there is something to be afraid of.
  • Keep your dogs environment safe. Some dogs can become destructive when stressed so remove items that could harm your dog and watch for changes in their behaviour.
  • Think about how your house sounds and feels to your dog when left alone especially as the nights draw in and the smells change. A radio or TV can help mask unknown external noise such as fireworks. Draw the curtains or blinds and if necessary find additional fabric to cover windows to muffle noise and flashes of light
  • Try and take your dog for a long walk during the day or early evening and plan toilet trips before it gets dark so they are more likely to rest or sleep afterwards. Plan  toilet trips before it gets dark and any fireworks are let off. If you find you do have to go out, ensure your dog has identification such as a registered microchip and a collar with a disc including your contact details.
  • Try not to leave your dog alone at night if at all possible. Many dogs suffer from some form of separation anxiety when their owners are absent.
  • Ask your vet or certified animal behaviourist for advice. See if they can recommend any long term training that can include desensitisation (helping your dog to become accustomed to triggers over time by slowly building up their exposure) and counter conditioning (helping your dog to start associating a fearful event with positives rather than negatives).
  • Think about using a supplement such as YuCALM Dog or other aid to help your dog feel calm and relaxed.

Remember,  a calm and relaxed dog is likely to be more receptive to other training based interventions that allow further improvements.

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YuCALM Dog can be bought in veterinary practices, pet shops and online retailers. For further information visit Lintbells or call 01462 416866 to talk to an experienced member of the Lintbells team.

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92 Responses to Top Tips To Help Calm Your Anxious Dog

  1. Kim Styles says:

    lots of hugs and talking

  2. Graham Ross says:

    Lots of huds and belly rubs

  3. Tracy Nixon says:

    My chihuahua sits beside me on the sofa. At the moment, whilst there are firworks going off, I keep the curtain shut, the tv on and I play games with her to distract her from the bangs.

  4. Vicki Nicholls says:

    We use a thundershirt, and a plug in calming thing and some advice from the vet. Not convinced that either are working, but the separation anxiety is not good so trying all sorts.

  5. jessica woods says:

    My boy likes to sit on the sofa next to me

  6. laura stewart says:

    lots of love cuddles hugs and food x

  7. Simon Tutthill says:

    Get him to cuddle into me with usually a little treat as well

  8. Matt McAndrew says:

    Nothing really seems to help during fireworks. Only sitting on my lap does he feel safe.

  9. Nicola McC says:

    My dog is very anxious and we play calming music and dress her in a Thundershirt to try to calm her.

  10. Polly says:

    Cuddles, telly on a bit louder, and treats!x

  11. Julie Henderson says:

    play quit music

  12. Amy Lambert says:

    Lots of cuddles

  13. caroline walliss says:

    I give them a nice cuddle and tummy tickle.x

  14. Claire Nutman says:

    Give her tons of love, and reasurance, although i do try and normalise the situation.

  15. Ruth Harwood says:

    Cuddles on the sofa xx

  16. claire woods says:

    cuddle them.

  17. Jamie Piper says:

    sofa cuddles

  18. Michelle Ferguson says:

    Its only really fireworks that stress my dogs so I give them lots of fuss

  19. Bryony Marshall says:

    hugs

  20. leanne weir says:

    we have cuddles

  21. Solange says:

    Lots of cuddle and a little treat.

  22. Rebecca Nisbet says:

    we just sit with him, and comfort him, as long as he knows we are there.

  23. Joanne Blunt says:

    Lots of cuddles. My labrador was terrified of the fireworks last weekend.

  24. Loma wood says:

    I play with his toys and he soon joins in!

  25. Lesley Bradley says:

    My dogs hate fireworks and bark like mad at them. The only thing that works for us is to play music whilst they are going off. It’s no fun :(

  26. Beky Austerberry says:

    Hugs – she is still a stressy little thing though!

  27. Sit with them quietly, and keep them close.

  28. Emilia Nastaly-Howard says:

    Lots of cuddles

  29. yvonne cooke says:

    my dog loves his favourite blanket and lots of hugs.x

  30. Matt Froggatt says:

    Treats galore.

  31. Sarah Rees says:

    Talking to them softly

  32. natalie crossan says:

    cuddles and calm voices

  33. Nicki Ramsay says:

    I give my dogs reassurance and fuss if they want it and play games to take their minds of what is stressing them. At the moment it is the fireworks. One of my dogs reacts so badly to thunderstorms that I had to put his bed in the bathroom as it was the only room without windows and was quieter, he calmed down a lot after that.

  34. LaaLaa says:

    My parents dog loves to have the tv or music on but he’s good if there is company in the home.

  35. Leah says:

    Our dog is pretty calm but we just tell him he’s good and give him reassurance or use distraction methods. xx

  36. I do wish fireworks didn’t go on all times of the year – not only does it scare pets but wild animals too.

  37. Milly Youngman says:

    I don’t have a dog myself but I look after one sometimes, I get so upset when he gets anxious! These tips are great, and will definitely use some of them next time he’s over!

  38. Aw I wish I had read this before bonfire night as the fireworks around here were crazy! xxx

  39. Elizabeth says:

    This sounds like a super product for those dogs that go berserk during fireworks season. I don’t own a dog but my FB feed is filled with posts from worried owners – I’ll have to tell them about this product!

  40. I don’t have pets because I’m not at home enough but it must be tough for animals who can’t quite communicate their anxieties x

  41. My dog used to hate fireworks but giving him a treat and a cuddle on the sofa seemed to calm him x

  42. Great tips for those with dogs and a great competition for them too. I don’t have a dog but I bet fireworks can be scary, they scare me x

  43. Kirsty Hosty says:

    Lots of cuddles and wrapping him up in blankets

  44. I’m not even a dog person and these pictures have melted my heart. I’ve found it so distressing to hear how many dogs got upset at Bonfire Night this year.

  45. Rebecca Smith says:

    Some great tips. It can be horrible to see a dog being so anxious and distressed

  46. Victoria Prince says:

    To calm my stressy dog I will cover her crate, and distract her with food! Usually a frozen stuffed Kong :) As long as I get there in time that works a treat, she’s so food orientated things have to get bad before she won’t eat.

  47. What a lovely post. I enjoyed reading all the tips and also the other comments that people have added with their own suggestions! I feel for the dogs at Fireworks night, I hate it too!!

  48. Martin says:

    Never heard of these before would love too win especially coming up too new years Eve x

  49. Laura Nice says:

    I wrap my dog up in a blanket to make her feel safe.

  50. Jessica McDonnell says:

    This is so helpful. I often look after a friends dog who is quite anxious and I don’t always know how to calm him down.

  51. Sam Goodwin says:

    We pop a blanket on her and put the radio on to calm her down

  52. michelle speight says:

    if its the fireworks we put the tv on loud and let them cuddle on sofa with us they soon settle

  53. Gemma Massey says:

    I give my chug Arthur a big cuddle and reassure him telling him it’s ok

  54. Allan Wilson says:

    Lots of talking with them.

  55. Hold them tight as I would a child

  56. claire stewart says:

    Talk to them an stroke them to try and soothe them

  57. Hannah Walker says:

    Distraction techniques

  58. lots of hugs and talking

  59. Brandi Dawn says:

    We do so many different things…my boxer boy has major anxiety. His favorite thing (other than sitting in my lap!) is being in his kennel with his peanut butter kong and a blankie over it.

  60. Nancy Bradford says:

    Try to have someone with him to cuddle and stroke him.

  61. Dawn Brodribb says:

    wrap him up in a blanket and talk soothingly!

  62. Anthea Holloway says:

    Talk to him, distract him and love him!

  63. Tracey 42 says:

    Talk to him and stroke him

  64. greig spencer says:

    CUDDLE AND HUGS

  65. Amy Withnall says:

    My dogs safe space is his cage, he always goes in there when there’s fireworks etc.

  66. Julie Barrett says:

    We’ve just adopted a beagle who was rescued from a puppy farm. She’s spent her whole life isolated in filthy conditions, just being used to produce litter after litter of puppies, so everything is new to her and she’s understandably very nervous. We are giving her lots of reassurance and praise and gradually getting her used to things. Treats help her to gain her confidence around things she’s scared of – for example she’s terrified of wind and rain as she’s never experienced it before, so if she goes outside for a few seconds she gets a treat and we’ll gradually build up the time. It will take a lot of patience, but she’s progressing really well and is such a sweetheart. Two weeks ago she hated being touched and was frightened of toys – now she loves cuddles and is learning to play. Our two other dogs really help give her confidence too.

  67. Naomi Buchan says:

    Unfortunately Loki suffers from bad dreams a lot, I think due to some trauma before I adopted him (he’s also terrified of noises like the kitchen extract) I find that the best thing is to sit with him and talk in a calm soothing voice while stroking the spot between his forehead and eyes helps. For the extract type noises however I keep my voice normal because I want him to realise there’s nothing to be afraid of, usually I will give him a treat for staying in the room (bacon is his fav) because I know he finds it tough.

  68. Charlotte Burford says:

    Cuddle and attention always works for us

  69. sadie coffin says:

    I play loud soothing music, comfort him and give him a cardboard box to rip up – somehow that works

  70. James Holyland says:

    A soothing voice and food treats

  71. Rich Tyler says:

    Cuddles, or take out to distract!

  72. Katie Harmer says:

    I use rescue remedy. I put it in her water

  73. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    Try to distract them with treats or rag toy

  74. Sheila Reeves says:

    Try and distract them, talking to them and playing music and lots of snuggles

  75. carol boffey says:

    treats and cuddles

  76. Keith Hunt says:

    Take them for a run in the van.

  77. kelly morgan says:

    I give them a big hug and talk to them.

  78. hannah taylor says:

    I give our lab a cuddle and putting music on tends to help too x

  79. liz ferguson says:

    nothing seems to help them to quell their fears – maybe these tablets would help xx

  80. Sarah Wilson says:

    I usually distract her with toys.

  81. donna l jones says:

    give him cuddles

  82. Rachel Butterworth says:

    I bring my duvet downstairs for her to burrow under.

  83. Adrian Bold says:

    My boy likes to sit next to me on the sofa.

  84. Louise K says:

    Treats and Cuddles :)

  85. natalee gosiewski says:

    my 8 yr old son does the calming they are best friends go every where together when my son started nursery roxy our dog sat by the door crying i struggled to settle her i kept telling her he would come home it took over a year to settle my son is the only person who can calm and settle her

  86. Dale Dow says:

    cuddles, if it’s a sensory based anxiety a quiet room can work too

  87. Emma Davison says:

    Stroke him and use calm tone of voice.

  88. Jessica Hutton says:

    Our dog comes and cuddles up on the settee when she gets scared xx

  89. claire little says:

    cuddles

  90. Diane searle says:

    We’ve taken on a rescue dog and he is our first dog so everything is a massive learning curve. I’ve been reading the comments on here and getting some useful tips. Our dog is fine with fireworks thankfully but he gets major anxiety being left on his own. We’ve learnt that the best thing to calm him down is to talk to him and to let him know you’re in the room with him or near by.

  91. Lorraine Mabbitt says:

    Cuddles and have a calming collar

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