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8 Ways to Manage Your Pet's Anxiety

Dog Behaviourist Laura V's top tips on where to start when faced with anxious behaviour:

  1. Anxiety in dogs is a genuine mental health issue – there is no quick fix ‘cure,’ but you can help your pet find ways to manage their behaviour and cope with stressful situations.

  2. Reward calm, cooperative behaviour whenever it happens – don’t wait for training situations.

  3. Create a SAFE PLACE for your pet where they feel calm, happy, and in control. This could be their bed, or even your own bed. Encourage them to spend prolonged periods of time there until they see it as a place they can return to at any time. Ensure they have easy access to this space at all times, especially if you are not at home.

  4. Medication can help – but do your research first. Avoid sedatives, try Rufus & Coco Anxiety Aid - a professionally formulated palatable powder containing tryptophan along with other B group vitamins and minerals to help your little mate maintain emotional balance during stressful situations, supports the nervous system and maintains optimum digestion. Still, conduct your research first. Avoid sedatives, and ask questions about how the prescribed medication can help your pet.

  5. Predictable routines are essential to support an anxious dog.

  6. Exercise more! A dog who is able to use their mental and physical energy up each day will have much greater self control.

  7. Departures and arrivals need to be a non-event. While your pet is experiencing separation anxiety, don’t greet your pet excitedly when you get home, and don’t make a fuss over leaving. Practice coming and going with no fanfare for short periods at a time so your pet begins to understand and predict that you will return.

  8. Have your pet’s health checked thoroughly – underlying health issues or pain can be causing stress and behavioural issues.

 

Managing anxiety takes time, persistence, and patience. For more info and support, watch Laura V’s video, visit her blog, and get the support of a behaviourist or vet near you.

Rufus & Coco Supplements are available online or at Woolworths.

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