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How to Deal with an Anxious Dog You Just Took Home

Getting a new dog and bringing them home is one of the most exciting things. You’ve got the house all ready and prepared yourself and your family for this new addition to your life. You may even feel slightly nervous about how your new dog is going to adjust. On the other side of things is how nervous your dog may feel. Whether it’s a new puppy or an older rescue dog, coming into an unknown environment can be highly stressful. It is important to know the signs of a dog’s anxious behaviour so that you can make the transition as smooth as possible by finding a solution that works for you both.

Dog Anxiety Signs to Look For

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Signs that your dog is anxious can be fairly self-explanatory and easy to pick up on. For example, if your dog is showing signs of aggression, such as barking or snapping, it is fairly obvious that they are experiencing some feelings of anxiety. You shouldn’t worry in this early stage that this will continue throughout the dog’s life. Once your new pal settles and begins to trust you they will have less aggressive tendencies. There are also milder forms of anxiety that can go unnoticed if you’re not looking for them or don’t understand them. This can present itself in the tucking of the tail between the legs or hiding. A surprising behaviour that can be misconstrued is turning over on their back when being touched. This can be seen as a welcome move for you to scratch their belly but can actually be a sign of submissiveness brought on by fear. 

Potential Solutions For Dog Anxiety

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As previously explored, these signs of anxiety may lessen as the dog grows and becomes more comfortable in their environment. However, if you are looking for solutions to help in the short term then there are some remedies that may ease the difficulty of the initial stages of anxiety. There are simple ways to make your dog feel more comfortable in their environment such as reducing noise and ensuring that they aren’t crowded. You could even try giving them a soft toy to play with as they can often be a great tool of comfort. 

CBD remedies are another way to encourage a calming sensation in your dog. CBD oil is a part of cannabis that doesn’t create a ‘high’ but can help to relax the mind and body. The effects on dogs is highly similar to that in humans meaning CBD remedies can be a great way to quickly relax your dog if they appear to be stressed or anxious. You can administer the oil directly, mixed into their food, or through CBD-infused dog treats. It is best to start with very low doses, especially with a young dog, as you don’t know how they will respond to it. The scientific research that has been conducted around administering dogs with CBD is overwhelmingly positive. Colorado State University has conducted several studies into how CBD can help reduce anxiety and seizures in dogs with results showing that 89 percent of dogs had a reduction in seizures. ‘iHeartDogs’ also performed anecdotal research through a survey in which people were asked if CBD had helped their dog’s condition to which 51.3 percent responded that it was very effective with a further 24.06 percent responding that it was somewhat effective. 

By using CBD products for dog anxiety you may find that you are able to make the transition into a calm, dog-owning house much quicker. When your new dog is anxious it can be extremely stressful for both you and your dog so facilitating a happy home is incredibly important. Remember that it is very exciting to have a new addition to your household and with the right methods you can have a happy and well-adjusted dog in no time!