My dog seems to have a bit of anxiety! I’d clearly expect that a dog that’s been in and out of shelters and reduced from certain death would naturally be a bit anxious at times. Trips to the vet can be a bit stressful, I stand by her side the entire time. And the groomers, well I finally convinced them to let me stay and watch rather than placing her in a kennel while she waits for her turn. Did I mention that it’s my dog that’s anxious!!
Ok, maybe I am a bit protective, but c’mon it’s hard not to be. Dogs love us unconditionally. It is beyond my scope of reasoning why anyone would hurt a dog. Given that my dog had been abused as a puppy, I’ll do everything in my power to make her comfortable and safe.
Now I realize that many dogs get stressed when it comes to loud noises, fireworks, thunder, the crash of waves, and there are plenty of products to help ease that stress such as, CBD oil and Rescue Remedy – two of my go-to’s especially during the 4th of July.
A dog’s unexplained anxiety
But my dog has bouts of anxiety even when there are no loud noises. Occasionally, in the middle of the night, she start out fine, on her bed in my room, then come to the side of my bed and bark a few times, you’d think she needs to go out, but no, that’s not it. She’ll stare at the wall and bark. I used to think she saw something, maybe spirits. But, then she’d jump on my bed and try to get as close to me as possible, literally to the point of sleeping on my head. The only thing is she’s not sleeping, she’s literally sleepwalking, she’s definitely in a dream or more like a trance of some sort.
I’ve found the best way to help her is to hold her tight, like a baby who needs to be swaddled. Not much of a big deal when it happens sporadically. But, it was becoming more and more frequent, and if I was gone for a weekend, even with other family members home, she’d have the same anxiety and keep others awake trying to calm her.
Well, I’m pleased to say that I’ve finally found a few items that truly have helped ease her stress and ours as well!
Our dog’s anxiety relievers:
1.) ThunderShirt – We absolutely love this wrap it has been a huge help for relieving stressing our dog and allowed us to get a good night’s sleep! The idea is similar to swaddling an infant, the ‘jacket’ simply wraps around your dog like a comfy blanket to help your dog feel more safe and calm. The company has over 80% success rate helping anxious dogs with panting, scratching, digging, shaking, and hiding along with other behaviors associated with anxiety.
2.) Red Light – This one may seem a bit odd, especially for a dog, but it absolutely works! The idea behind red light is that it helps to prepare your body for sleep, so it aids in relaxation. Unlike the blue lights used in everyday living, red light doesn’t act as a stimulant. Red lights emit a low color temperature which has a soothing effect on the body. It produces the most conducive wavelength of light for a good night’s sleep. Hence, using a red light when our dog feels anxious has helped her calm down and ease into sleep.
3.) SnugglePuppy – Designed as a behavioral aid, the SnugglePuppy is a self-warming dog toy with – get this –a heartbeat!! These features help an anxious dog feel as though they’re being safely cuddled, regardless of what’s going on around them.
We’ve found each of these items to be incredibly helpful in relieving our dog’s anxiety. If your dog has more than just a few anxious moments, perhaps try the red light with the jacket or snuggle puppy and add a white noise machine or simply turn on a fan, often the hum of the white noise will help lull your fur baby into a peaceful sleep.
We’d love to hear from you, drop us a line and let us know if you’ve tried any of these items or have a few recommendations of your own.