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For dogs, anxiety of all kinds is real and overwhelming. For all of us who love them, it's heartbreaking.
Fortunately, there are so many things you can do to support your dog and help him/her get on top of anxieties to be their calmest, happiest selves.
That's why we brought together our Dogly Advocates - seasoned, certified force-free trainers and wellness experts - in these guides to give you a deeper understanding of your dog's anxiety and step-by-step plans to help make your dog's life easier and more comfortable.
The first step to helping your sometimes anxious dog feel secure is knowing why and when your pet is stressed so you can anticipate or catch your dog's stress quickly to provide support.
In this guide, certified canine naturopath, reiki master, massage therapist, and Dogly Wellness Advocate Ranna Lynn teaches you how to read your dog's body language to know when your dog is feeling stressed and signaling you for help.
The 10 most frequently used stress signs every pet parent should watch for, what they look like, and what they mean...
For each stress response from your dog, Ranna Lynn explains actions to take in the moment and how pet owners can get ahead of anxieties at the first sign of distress in the future - or avoid your dog's triggers altogether when possible.
Ranna Lynn recommends 2 overarching things to do with all you've learned about your dog's anxiety to set you both up for success going forward:
Jump into the full guide here to learn how to read and support your dog to get on top of stress and anxieties. Or, see what's next on helping your anxious dog build confidence...
Much of what appears to be unwanted, reactive, or even aggressive behavior problems are based in fear and anxiety in dogs. To help a nervous dog behave differently we need to help your dog feel differently.
In this guide from certified positive reinforcement trainer and Dogly Training Advocate Melissa Dallier, you'll get a deeper understanding of what's behind your dog's anxiety and learn Melissa's favorite ways to help build your dog's confidence and the trust between you and your dog.
You can also watch Melissa take you step-by-step through all these confidence-builders in the accompanying video in this guide.
Confidence-building takes time and commitment but doesn't need to be challenging! Dive into the full guide with all the activities for building your dog's confidence here. Or, continue to see what's next - learning how to approach a fearful dog with the treat/retreat game...
When a dog is fearful, any approach is likely to drive up the stress. That's why we all want to rethink the concept of approaching an anxious dog - you want to set the stage to let the dog approach you.
That's why the first skill positive reinforcement trainer and Dogly Training Advocate Ruby Leslie teaches a fearful, anxious dog is the treat/retreat "game." And why she shares it with you in this guide.
Ruby takes you through the 17 steps (don't worry - they're baby steps, broken out to be super simple!) for building a successful treat/retreat skillset.
In this guide and the accompanying video, you'll learn the steps you need to know for calming a dog using treat/retreat and for helping your dog grow from a fearful to a more secure, happy dog.
In any session - on this exercise or any other - if your dog gets tired, has had enough, or is becoming too nervous to learn... take a break, let it rain dog treats, and start fresh another day!
If you're ready to get into the full guide, you'll find it here. Or, keep going to see what's next up: helping your dog get used to some home-alone time...
Some dogs are comfortable and snoozy with time alone while some experience mild to severe anxiety. It's a pretty good bet that many dogs are out of practice at being home alone following the pandemic and unpredictable work/life schedules.
Not only do dogs love being with their people, they love predictability. That's why certified positive reinforcement trainer, Certified Separation Anxiety Therapist, and Dogly Training Advocate Melissa Dallier created this guide to help you help your dog be prepared for time alone.
In the process, you'll get a deeper understanding of your dog's anxieties and ways to help alleviate them.
Melissa explains how to do it and what treatment plan to consider next depending on the behaviors your dog exhibits. First and most important, if you see any of the the signs of distress Melissa lists in the full guide, return home immediately and comfort your dog.
True separation anxiety is a complex anxiety disorder, and if after a week or so you do not see improvement in your dog's symptoms or you see an increase in anxiety, don't let it continue a few weeks. Get in touch with us here at Dogly and we can recommend a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer as soon as possible. You can also find a wealth of resources and things to do in the 9 guides devoted to separation anxiety here on Dogly.
Jump into this guide to prepare your dog to spend any alone time with confidence and comfort. Or, if you haven't started the first 3 guides on understanding and managing dog anxiety, you can start with How to See Your Dog's Stress - the 10 Most Common Signs and follow through to How to Approach a Scared Dog - Learn the Treat/Retreat "Game" and finish with this guide on setting your dog up for alone-time success.
Now that you have a good understanding of what's behind your dog's anxiety and what you can do to support you pet, check out the many other step-by-step guides in the Anxiety Channel: from How to Know If It's Truly Separation Anxiety or If There's Another Explanation (the first of 9 guides on separation anxiety) or How to Get Ahead of Noise Anxiety (for the many dogs afraid of thunder, fireworks, or other loud noises).
If you want to keep learning about how to help anxious dogs become calm dogs, you can continue in the Anxiety Channel to Separation Anxiety, Crate Anxiety, or Noise Sensitivity. Enjoy working with your dog and building your pup's confidence and comfort together.
And if you need help, you can ask the Dogly Advocates in any channel or work with them one-on-one through Dogly.
DISCLAIMER: The content of this website and community is based on the research, expertise, and views of each respective author. Information here is not intended to replace your one-on-one relationship with your veterinarian, but as a sharing of information and knowledge to help arm dog parents to make more informed choices. We encourage you to make health care decisions based on your research and in partnership with your vet. In cases of distress, medical issues, or emergency, always consult your veterinarian.