HOW TO HELP YOUR moderately anxious dog

  1. Why is my dog anxious?

    • Some dogs struggle with many things in their lives, they are just generally anxious and need support in many situations.
    • Try our calming solutions to help your anxious dog!
  2. Solutions for your anxious dog

    • If your dog needs constant support, try ADAPTIL Calm Collar, clinically proven to help dogs facing stressful situations.
    • ADAPTIL Calm collar provides Appeasing Pheromones for constant reassurance to your dog.
    • Veterinary used and recommended!
    • If your dog needs help at specific timesThunderShirt can relax your dog immediately.
    • Sometimes nervous dogs just need a little help, and this unique vest applies a gentle pressure on your dog's body for a better relaxation, like swaddling a baby.​
    • Recommended and used by millions of dog lovers and dog trainers around the world!
  3. Continue to be your dog's best friend

    • Do not give up!! You will have good and bad days, the important thing is to keep going to try and help your dog feel more comfortable.
    • Learn how to recognise the signs of dog anxiety - as each dog is different and recognizing these signs early is key!
    • Tackling the anxiety as soon as possible is best.
  4. Regular exercice and activities

    • Behaviourists recommend developing a routine for your dog. This can help them predict events throughout the day.
    • You can help your pet be their happiest both mentally and physically by keeping them active! Enjoy regular interactions with your dog, whether it is exercise, playtime, training!
    • Go step by step. Ask your accredited dog trainer's advice to find out activities your dog might enjoy or that would mentally stimulate them.
    • Be consistent,
    • Do not overload your dog,
    • Reward with your dogs favourite things – e.g. only use their favourite treat when
      training for the anxiety.

We recommend:

If your dog needs constant support. Appeasing Pheromones everywhere your dog goes

If your dog needs help at specific times. Wrap around your dog's body, for immediate calming effect

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Tips to help your dog cope with anxiety

Many dogs suffer from anxiety. It's much more common than it might seem. Our modern life can affect dogs - we live busy, noisy lives and expect our dogs to fit in with our expectations.

Sometimes, the circumstances of a dogs upbringing can lead to general anxiety e.g. life before your home or circumstances to breeding.

First of all, try to understand what causes your dog's stress. Read on for tips to help you reduce your dog's anxiety.

What are the most common signs of anxiety?

The common signs of anxiety or fear include: barking, shaking, scratching or licking themselves, pacing or restlessness, chewing, panting, drooling, toileting in the house.

What causes anxiety?

There are numerous reasons a dog can be fearful, including:

  • Upbringing, some dogs are just genetically nervous and there is not always an obvious cause,
  • Not socialised enough when young,
  • Being left home alone can trigger separation related problems,
  • Loud noises, such as fireworks or thunderstorms,
  • A big change at home (a baby, someone leaving...), a new pet,
  • Visitors,
  • Car rides can be stressful, as the movement may be unsettling, and there are different sounds and the outside whizzes by,
  • Vet visits can be linked to an unpleasant experience,
  • Sometimes older dogs may experience a gradual loss of awareness, memory and perception, which may make them confused and anxious.

For dogs, socialisation training as a puppy is the best way to prevent later anxieties and fears.

Expose your dog to a wide range of situations, people and experiences in a gradual and positive way. This builds positive associations and helps them develop into well-balanced, confident dogs that are able to cope with new situations, rather than react fearfully to them.

So what can you do to reduce your dog's anxiety?

Talk to a professional.

It is important to check there isn't an underlying medical problem affecting your dog e.g. pain can be a reason for many behavioural issues in dogs. Your vet or an accredited behaviourist can help you identify the possible triggers and underlying issues connected to your dog's anxiety.

Try to spend more time with your furry friend. It will help them for sure. The bond between you means that your dog values your presence, so being with them is beneficial for their mental health.

You can help your dog by creating a safe space at home for them to escape to when needed and relax undisturbed.

Routine exercise and activities are great to use some energy, keep their brain active and have fun together! Play and enjoy spending time together!

Read how to recognise the signs of anxiety in your dog for more information and tips to support your dog.

How to use ThunderShirt and ADAPTIL Calm Collar?

Our Dog trainer recommends to combine both solutions if you have a very anxious dog. "They work differently and can help manage signs of stress and anxiety."

The best way to help your anxious dog is usually through a combination of preventative strategies, training and generally building their confidence.

Get them used to wearing a ThunderShirt, make sure they do not associate ThunderShirt with only this issue.

How to help your very anxious dog?

  1. Talk with a professional

    • Your vet, accredited behaviourist or accredited dog trainer will give you valuable advice on ways to support your dog.
    • Understanding Dog Body Language is not always easy - your dog trainer can help you know what to look for.
    • Work with your accredited behaviourist or dog trainer to understand what is underlying your dog's anxiety and what are triggers for them.
    • Don't wait! Speak to a professional sooner rather than later for advice to best support your dog.
  2. Combine calming solutions

    • To help your very anxious dog, you can use ADAPTIL Calm Collar, clinically proven to help dogs facing stressful situations, in combination with ThunderShirt, the unique patented design calming shirt.
    • ADAPTIL Calm collar provides Appeasing Pheromones for constant reassurance to your dog. Veterinary used and recommended!
    • ThunderShirt is a calming vest, to wrap around your dog's body for greater calming effect.
  3. Keep cool and positive

    • You are not alone facing this challenge with your dog!
    • Pets suffer with anxiety everywhere and all year round. It can be due to many reasons such as travelling, meeting new people, going to the vets, fears of loud noises, vacuum cleaners, living in a changing environment...
    • Many solutions exist, but it can take time to find the right one for your dog. Don't give up!
    • Take a look at our Calming Music for Dogs Playlist for hours of relaxing sounds.

We recommend:

Appeasing Pheromones for constant calming everywhere your dog goes

To wrap around your dog's body, for additional calming effect when needed


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