7 Ways To Help Stressed Dogs Calm Down Naturally

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I live with an older dog that has dementia. Similar to dementia in people, he gets anxious and confused later in the day. Because of this, I've been looking into ways to help dogs destress naturally, and as it turns out, there are quite a few options. From CBD oil to compression wraps, you can help your four-legged friend feel less anxious by using things you likely already have at home.

In the late afternoon and evenings, my canine roommate whines excessively, paces, and sometimes barks for no reason. Other signs your dog is experiencing stress include shaking, yawning, drooling, excessive licking and shedding, panting, hiding, and changes in bodily functions, according to Dr. Lynn Buzhardt on the VCA animal hospital blog. While dogs can absorb stress from humans, sometimes other factors are at play.

The American Kennel Club cited things like separation anxiety, fear, and aging as the most common causes of stress in dogs. And while dealing with a stressed-out pup can make you feel stressed and anxious too, once you understand what's making Fido freak out, you can work toward removing the stressor and doing some simple things to ease your dog's discomfort. Because a happy dog equals a happy human.