Many dogs are sent to shelters due to their anxiety problems that develop due to hyperactivity. On the other hand, dogs that are brought home from animal shelters have behavior issues like barking, digging, destructive chewing, etc. The problem, in both cases, is not with the dogs but with the owners who fail to provide enough opportunities for their Fido to invest their pent-up energies positively.
Did you ever think of trying out some calming exercises for your pooch? Here are three ways to tone down the excessive energy of dogs:
Doga has calming effects on both the dog owner and the pooch. Although dogs are not able to imitate the stretches and poses of their yogi owners, they still feel calm at the end of a yoga session. The bond between the owner and the dog gets stronger. The owners are able to better understand their dog’s body language. They will be able to train the dog in a more calm and controlled manner.
Doga helps dogs invest their energies in calming exercises. Your pooch will feel relaxed after doga class. Try it out for your anxious and hyperactive dog.
- Routine and Familiarity:
Unfamiliar situations and environments, as well as haphazard routines, are known to create confusions in the pooch’s mind. It may create anxiety that will lead to destructive chewing and excessive barking, etc.
Dogs enjoy following routines. They feel uncomfortable when their set schedule is not followed. Routines help a dog wait for the play, walk or exercise time patiently. Consistency in daily routine activities will keep the pooch relaxed. Are you following the routine of your dog?
Sometimes dog owners do not maintain the routine of giving food to the pooch. Whether you serve raw dog food or dry kibble, maintain a fixed time. One day giving food via treat dispensing toys and the next in food bowls can also upset the little dog. Dogs need certainty about everything. Or else, they stay anxious whether they will have it or not!
If you are an adventure lover, your dog can feel anxious in unfamiliar places. To maintain the familiarity, take the Fido’s favorite chewing cloth that has your scent and of home. Give him a chew toy, familiar bowl, familiar bed, and blanket to stay calm and comfortable at unknown places or new home.
- Music or Smart Toys:
Some dog breeds are not hyperactive but rather intelligent. They need something for their mental stimulation. Find some puzzles, buster cubes, interactive toys, and Kongs to keep the pooch busy during your absence. Stuff them with their favorite treat so they may stay motivated to solve the puzzle.
Whether it’s a thunderstorm or fireworks that makes your pooch anxious and restless, it will not worry your Fido anymore. Simply, turn on some soft music in the room. A study conducted by Physiology and Behavior says that dogs feel relaxed and calm when the sound of soft rock or reggae fills the room. During unfamiliar situations or stressful ones, playing the soothing soft rock music will definitely improve your dog’s behavior.
Before you decide to leave your cute cuddle ball in an animal shelter, consider trying these tricks to calm his nerves. Sometimes, medications work to tone down a dog’s anxiety.
Would you like being left alone for your bad behaviors that developed due to certain circumstances other had created for you?