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How to Naturally Calm Down an Anxious Dog

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Anxiety in our furry friends is extremely common, with many dogs and other animals feeling anxious and stressed by loud surroundings, uncertain situations, and unfamiliar events. If you have ever owned an anxious dog on fireworks night, you will know the harmful effect that anxiety can have on your dog- and your home. It can be extremely upsetting to see your furry friend in distress, and so here are some top tips to calm down your dog.

  • CBD Supplements 

There is some evidence that CBD supplements can have a positive effect on anxiety in both humans and animals through its ability to stimulate the production of serotonin in the brain. This can reduce your dog’s anxiety and improve their general mood. As well as other positive effects, such as helping arthritis, CBD can help you to calm your dog down if they have either behavioral or situational anxiety. CeeBeeDoo offers a simple and enjoyable way to give your dog CBD oil with the production of CBD dog treats, which allow you to relax your dog no matter the situation or location.

  • Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a popular way to calm anxiety and reduce stress in your pet. The best oils for dogs include cedarwood, chamomile, and lavender, which is commonly used as a solution to anxiety for humans too. To calm your dog with essential oils, you should invest in a diffuser that can help to disperse the scent into the air. You can massage the oil into your dog’s body with your hands but make sure that the particular oil you want to use is safe for your dog, and that it is well diluted in a proper carrier oil. Both methods will have a calming effect on your dog as they breathe in the relaxing scents. 

  • Petting

Dogs love to be cuddled and comforted by their owners, and this is no exception for anxious dogs. Petting your dog when they are anxious can let them know that there is nothing to be afraid of, especially if you are calm and collected. Not only this, but you should try to make the area surrounding your pet comfortable and filled with familiar objects. This includes blankets that smell like you and them, which can be great for dogs with separation anxiety, or their toys, which can be a welcome distraction for dogs to play with. 

  • Music and Sound

Music is a simple way to comfort a stressed dog. For instance, putting on the radio before you leave the house can help to cover the sound of loud noises and help to stop your dog from missing you (and your noise) when you are gone. Classical music has been proven to have a positive effect on stressed dogs and, when it was played, was able to reduce their howling and unsettled movements, and increase the amount of time they spent sleeping. However, other types of music, such as pop and heavy metal music, had little effect on the anxiety of the dogs that listened to it.

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