How to Help your Nervous and Fearful Dog

Pets are such an essential part of our families, and we care deeply about their well-being, so it’s understandably hard to see them deal with fear and anxiety.

But we at Pampered Pets have some tips to help you help your dog feel calmer and at ease.

  1. Your priority with a fearful dog is to help him or her feel safe. That can look different depending on what the issue is. Maybe the dog needs a space of their own (like a crate or bed) to choose to go if they don’t want to be around something.
  2. To our dogs, affection is a reward. By comforting a fearful dog, you are rewarding what they are doing at that moment: being scared. Let them see you ignore that loud noise or a passing car, for example. If their Pack Leader is ignoring the scary thing, then maybe it isn’t that scary. Then feel free to reward them when they are more confident and calm. And whatever you do, don’t let them feel like you are punishing them in any way!
  3. A tired dog is less apt to worry than one that has pent-up energy. To that end, try to get your dog as much exercise as possible on a daily basis. Go for walks in areas where they are not apt to panic. 
  4. Try one of our HEMP collection treats like the HEMP Calming or HEMP Wellness. They can help maintain contentment during separation and changes in your pet’s routine and with dogs exhibiting nervousness due to storms, fireworks, and separation anxiety.
  5. Be in it for the long haul Fear and anxiety can take a long time to resolve, so be patient!

If you feel like your dog isn’t getting better with time, the best move might be to looking for a professional trainer to help you with your dog’s well-being. 

Let us know in the comments if you have any more questions or tips for other dog owners.

 

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