This is a repost of one of my favorite posts because I think its so important to revisit. It pertains to dogs and pet owners, enjoy.

Many of us have pets and they are part of the family. If you have a cat, the good news is the cat isn’t apart of your world, you’re apart of its world. If you own a cat, you know exactly what I mean. For those of us who own dogs we can find ourselves in situations where our beloved pet has behavioral issues. Sadly, sometimes our dog’s mirror our anxiety. Sometimes our dogs have dubious backgrounds, maybe their former owners were unkind, maybe the dog is just nervous, maybe the dog breed has a propensity to have issues.

Maybe you are fortunate, your dog doesn’t have behavioral issues. If your dog does there are techniques, you can use to help alleviate a dog’s anxiety. This will not only help your canine friend, but it will go a long way to helping reduce your stress levels as well. We all want to enjoy the time we have with our pets, but if we have anxiety or our dog has anxiety it’s a potential stress filled mine field.

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Below are going to be 5 things you can do to help alleviate your buddie’s anxiety and put them in a position to have less anxiety.

  1. Schedule: This is the most important thing you can do for your dog. Try and walk your dog at the same time every day. Fill the food bowl at the same time every day. By creating a schedule your dog is going to be able to rest assured that it’s going to get what it needs. Dogs have internal clocks too!

  2. Let them sniff: Smell is your dogs’ primary sense, let them sniff!! Check out this article as to why.

  3. Socialize them with other dogs: At a dog park, at a family or friends house, a walk with a neighbor or at an organized play date at a kennel. Get your dog around other dogs, so when you meet a strange one in your travels, all hell doesn’t break loose with your pooch.

  4. Accidents happen: So, your buddy relieved themselves on the kitchen floor? This isn’t the end of the world, but how you react will really impact your dog. Most dogs don’t go to the bathroom in the house unless they don’t feel well, or their walk was missed. If you blow up at them, they will be in panic mode. Imagine you must go to the bathroom and the bathroom is locked and you can’t get to another one, what would you do?

  5. Give them something to chew on: there are several chew products out there, ones with  L-Tryptophan and chamomile can promote a feeling of calmness and relaxation. Go ahead treat your buddy.

As individuals with anxiety, having an anxious dog can be a serious trigger. It’s feeding off of your emotional state, you know it, but you can’t always control your emotional state… It can lead to this cycle of anxiety that makes everyone involved unhappy. The items above can help you both, particularly the schedule. By being consistent it allows you to build your day around the event. Time with our dogs should be fun, they are our friends, and with all the anxiety in the world over the last year they are feeling it too. Your dog is dependent on you to help them with their anxiety, they don’t have anyone else to help them cope. Even if you are in the throughs of your own depression, remember your dog is one of your best friends!

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