How to calm a dog

July 19, 2012 · Posted in Family 

Known as man’s best friends, dogs have protected humans as well. Dogs have made a significant difference to humans way of life. On many occasions, dogs have comforted and manifested their affection to humans. The mere presence of these animals have given pet owners a kind of reassurance that everything will be all right. Dogs are tough and they have gained the reputation of being the defender of their people but such is not always the case. Dogs get stressed too and an owner has to do everything to calm the nervous dog.

A dog can be easily stressed by a situation in the environment. Once a nervous dog is exposed to a certain situation, it would be tightly wound up and would bark frantically, salivate excessively and basically be a hard to control pet. Other dogs would react to a stressful environment in a different way. Some dog owners find managing a stressed dog very difficult. Loud noises such as the sound of thunder and firecrackers, unfamiliar faces and places as well as new situations would trigger the nervous behavior of dogs.

Constant exposure to the objects and situations that triggers nervousness would develop fear phobia in the dog. The quality of the dog’s life will be affected so that the dog may lose weight and be lethargic. Dog owners would not want to see a highly stressed pet. Owners have to find ways to calm the pet.

A pet owner can help the pet by knowing what causes the stress so that the situation can be avoided. Avoiding stressful situations would not be always possible thus the best thing an owner can do is to find effective ways to calm the pet.

Dogs appreciate being petted. Pet owners use massage to calm the pet. Take away the nervous tension of the pet by running the hand in circular motion from the head to the rear end. Dogs are food motivated and frozen Kong toys are proven effective in distracting the dog’s attention from stress causing situations. Our four legged friends are very energetic animals. To calm the pet, an owner must ensure that the dog is given sufficient opportunities to exercise as tired dog are calm dogs. Did you know that yawning is a simple trick to calm the dog? Dogs are calmed if humans are seen yawning.

Read more about how to calm a dog at Sarah’s Dogs.

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