Keeping Your Dog Calm

Few things can brighten up your day as quickly as the positive and energetic demeanor of a dog. Most owners admire this quality. However, some dogs can become a little too energetic. This can be difficult to deal with in situations where there are guests or children around.

In most cases, your dog is likely over-excited because they lack stimulation. Like humans, dogs get bored and crave something or someone to keep them busy and entertained. Stressful situations such as fireworks, thunderstorms and new people can also cause your dog to become anxious.

Luckily, there are numerous safe and healthy ways for you to keep your dog calm.

Aromatherapy

No sense is as prominent and vital to a dog as smell. Certain scents like cinnamon, rosemary and lavender are said to be relaxing for humans. In the same way, these smells can invoke a calming effect on your dog. That said, be sure to do your research and find a safe way to disperse the smell. Consult a veterinarian to find out which scents will work best for your dog.

CBD Oil

CBD oil or Cannabidiol is a natural product of the hemp plant and has been used by humans for centuries for its medicinal qualities. While it’s derived from the same source, CBD oil is not the same as marijuana and doesn’t contain the same levels of THC.

It works by interacting with your body’s endocannabinoid receptors, creating a calming effect. CBD oil also has a plethora of other benefits for your dog including pain relief, seizure prevention and mood regulation. There are numerous online stores where you can buy cannabis oil for pets.

Ignore the Attention Seeking

It may seem like a harsh strategy, but it could just be what your over excited dog needs to settle down. When they start seeking attention, don’t give it to them. Avoid eye contact, don’t touch them and don’t speak to them. This should help them realize that their outbursts are not the right way to get your attention.

Help Them Use Their Energy

The same way we sometimes build up our anger, dogs build up their energy and all they need is a release.

Do both of yourselves a favor and take a brisk walk around a local park or along the beach. You’ll get some exercise, your dog will have the time of their life, and the best part is they’ll get home with all their energy released. They probably won’t want to do much more than take a long nap.

Music

Believe it or not, calming music can work on your dog just as well as it does on you. The trick is to only play the music when it’s needed. If it’s on all the time, your dog will become desensitized and it’ll no longer be as effective. Keep it on when there’s a thunderstorm outside.

While they may not be able to show it as well as we do, dogs also have a strong sense of emotion and require some love and attention every now and then. Take care of yours and they’ll take care of you.