Anxiety / Stress Management
Like us, dogs can get fearful, anxious and stressed about a number of different things in their lives.
They can have difficulties adapting to new situations such as:
moving house even if it is with the family they love
they suffer from bereavement just a we do, whether that be from a human they have lost or another animal they have
they pick up on the stress within a house hold if there is tension or arguing,
new routine (i.e. owners work hours have changed)
being re-homed or in kennels
performance stress in the show ring, agility ring, dog club
stress from inappropriate dog training methods
They can become fearful of many things:
fireworks, thunder and noises
fear of travelling
fearful of people or dogs
Signs your dog may be stressed
There are many different signs of stress and anxiety in dogs. They can become hyperactive; the dog that zooms around acting the clown is often a stressed dog, or they may become a ‘statue’ and not want to move at all. Barking, whining, vocalising in many ways, becoming very tense in their body are all signs to be aware of. The tail can be tucked; even if it is wagging, the dog is anxious. Stress panting with or without salivating, yawning, intensely sniffing the ground, scratching or licking either themselves or fixating on licking something else i.e. the floor. Excess shedding is frequently seen as is dandruff. A dog may have dilated pupils, lots of blinking, increased reactivity to dogs or people. They may urinate or defecate inappropriately and can often get stress diarrhoea.
All of the above are signs you dog needs some help.
I will help you identify what triggers your dog has, how you can best manage the behaviour and how you can help the dog deal with their stress and help them slowly overcome their concerns. Together we will look at the training techniques and management, holistic and nutritional therapies that can be helpful, proven calming products and teach you how to massage your dog to help them to recover from the stress and alleviate the tension in their muscles.
The first session lasts approx. 2 -3 hours and includes a report sent to you after the consult to collate everything that is discussed.
Follow up Session
The follow up session is usually 1 ½ - 2 hours and includes another report sent to you collating everything that was discussed
*Travel costs – if you live outside of my 5 miles catchment area from RG422PR there is a £2 per mile charge.