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These Dog Anxiety Products Can Help Calm Your Anxious Pup

If your dog starts trembling at the mention of a thunderstorm or vet visit, stop the stress with the help of these soothing products.
By Jodi Helmer
May 20, 2021
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Your dog might have some anxiety if she trembles at the first crack of thunder, hides under the bed during fireworks, cowers when strangers approach, or barks at the door until you come home.

More than 70 percent of dogs experience symptoms of anxiety ranging from fear of loud noises to separation anxiety, according to recent research.

"Some dogs simply can't shut [their anxiety down]," Jim Dobies, DVM, president of UrgentVet, says. "They get jittery and almost hyperactive and distressed … and it's time to take some steps to help calm them."

Over-the-counter products like anxiety beds, thunder shirts and other anxiety vests, over-the-counter dog anxiety medications, and even anxiety treats and toys can be helpful for relieving your dog's anxiety. They should be used in combination with good environmental management, positive reinforcement trainingdesensitization and counterconditioning, and possibly medication. Dobies suggests talking to your veterinarian about medication to address severe anxiety.

Jenn Stanley, CPDT-KA CBCC-KA, a certified canine behavior consultant and founder of Awesome Pawsabilities Pet Training & Behavior Consultations, always recommends combining anti-anxiety products with rewards-based training for maximum effect.

"Most of the anti-anxiety products … will reduce the dog's stress so that there is a level of exposure that [your dog] can experience without panic," Stanley says.

Keep in mind that it will take patience, trial and error, and time to find what works best for your dog, but one of these dog anxiety products could help your pup stay happy and calm in stressful situations.

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