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  • Writer's pictureRuth Shipley

Anxious dogs!

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

Anxiety in dogs can be difficult to deal with, as it can be hard to know how to help them. One of the best ways to help an anxious dog is to give them space. Allowing a scared or anxious dog to have their own space can help them feel safe, secure, and more comfortable. When you give an anxious dog their own space, it’s important to make sure the area

is away from any loud noises or activity that might make them more stressed.

It’s also important to make sure that the space is comfortable and secure, with items such as a bed, toys, and treats that they can access when they need to. If possible, try to provide them with a place to hide, such as a crate or covered area, as this can help them feel more secure and relaxed.

NEVER chase an anxious dog you don't know even if you have good intentions to help them if they are lost. This can cause more stress to the dog and make them want to run further away from you. We have experienced this happen to our chihuahua on a walk where a stranger thought he was lost in the woods and ended up running after him into the road. It was extremely dangerous and could have been fatal.

If you need to approach an anxious dog, try to do so slowly and calmly, and avoid any sudden movements or loud noises. Giving an anxious dog space can be a great way to help them feel more secure and comfortable.

Finally, if you’re out in public and you see an anxious dog wearing a yellow vest, it’s important to give them plenty of space. Our own dog Milo the chihuahua can become very anxious around people he doesn't know so we find that popping his yellow neckerchief on lets people know he does not feel comfortable being approached by strangers. Besides neckerchiefs there are yellow vests that are often worn by dogs who are anxious or scared which you can easily buy online or your local pet shop.

*disclaimer- we can only give our own experience but are not professional canine behaviourists. If you need help with your anxious dog then we would be happy to recommend a trusted professional canine trainer that we personally know are fantastic.

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