Best Products for Dog Anxiety
Updated: May 18
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Whether it's fireworks, separation anxiety or car sickness, dogs can become anxious for many different reasons. Seeing your dog frightened and shaking is no fun for anyone.
Many dogs have something they’re stressed about, the key is identifying the trigger and then working at counter-conditioning or desensitising. These are the most effective methods especially if the anxiety is treated early. The goal is to reduce the reaction to a specific stimulus (such as being left alone).
Desensitisation is the repeated, controlled exposure to the stimulus that usually causes an anxious response. It is achieved at such a low intensity that the dog does not respond with fear or anxiety (think playing fireworks sounds quietly every evening, slowly increasing the volume whilst relaxing with your dog). Counter-conditioning is training the dog to perform a positive behavior in place of fear or anxiety (such as a sit and stay command)
YuMove is the UK's No.1 Veterinary Joint Supplement Brand and has published a useful article with practical hints and tips on how to help your dog with anxiety both in the short and the long term.
If this simply isn't enough, there are a whole range of products on the market that may help. We take a look at the 5 Best Products for Dog Anxiety.
1. Thundershirt Anxiety Coat for Dogs
Thundershirts for dogs help relieve a fear of fireworks by gently applying continuous pressure and wrapping snuggly to providing a sense of security that keeps your dog calm.
They have been scientifically proven to be effective in reducing anxiety in dogs with an astonishing 80% success rate in helping relieve a dog's fear of fireworks, thunder, car travel and even separation anxiety.
Thundershirts are available in 7 sizes with a handy measurements chart to help you select the correct size.
The company recommend that you try ThunderShirt on your dog the first few times when they're feeling calm & loved.
2. ADAPTIL Spray for Dogs
ADAPTIL is clinically proven to help comfort dogs during fireworks. It reduces panting, trembling, restlessness and other stress-related behaviours, often seen with dogs that are worried.
Adaptil contains a copy of the naturally occurring and comforting pheromones that a mother provides to her puppies.
It comes in various forms including a plug-in diffuser, collar, tablets and a spray.
Adaptil spray has been developed for temporary relief for events that are short in duration e.g. travelling or fireworks.
This spray version works well alongside the Thundershirt and can have a lasting effect for up to 5 hours.
3. Anti-Anxiety Dog Bed
These popular beds reduce anxiety and make your dog feel calm and secure. They work by satisfying your dog's nesting instinct. The high sides & long vegan fur pile hug your dog’s body, reducing feelings of vulnerability and anxiety.
This particular calming dog bed stands out from the crowd as it is designed with a unique dual-layer mattress cushion. The top layer forms around your dog’s body, while the solid base supports your dog.
It has generously filled bolsters which surround your dog making them feel secure while providing a comfortable headrest
4. RelaxoPet PRO Relaxation Trainer for Dogs
Relaxopet PRO is an innovative new device developed after years of research with veterinarians, breeders and owners.
It uses frequent subliminal vibrations to encourage your anxious dog into a deep relaxed state. It’s easy to use, natural, and has no side effects
The RelaxoPet PRO does more than relax animals, it also monitors all stressors with its highly sensitive integrated microphones.
RelaxoPet PRO is independent from a power socket, with a USB charging cable included.
5. Dog Puzzle Toys
Do what you can to keep the dog under their anxiety threshold, meaning that their alarm systems don’t go off. One efficient way of doing this can be to distract your dog with something that usually gets their attention.
A training session or a problem solving puzzle, may get your dog so focused that they tune out distracting noise.
Problem solving has been proven to reduce fear – perhaps because the animal learns to control certain aspects of the environment.
We review 10 of the best puzzle toys for dogs and categorise them into easy, intermediate and difficult so you can pick the ideal puzzle you for your dog. Take a Look - Dog Puzzle Toys
One more amazing idea ...........
One creative idea in the prototype stage is this amazing Noise-Cancelling Kennel from Ford. It's an innovative idea especially for fireworks season, although possibly an expensive solution.
And finally, Dogs Trust has a interesting article for longer term treatment of firework or loud noise fears in dogs - Dogs Trust Fireworks Advice
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