You’re Stressing Me Out!

by admin on April 13, 2012

Ever think you’re the only 1 who gets stressed out?  Move over, your dog gets stressed out too.

Life, has changed for all of us.  We’re on the internet, our cell phones and gadgets. We work harder and have less time for ourselves. Guess what, your dog gets stressed out too with life.

We’re all moving faster, and this, affects our dogs. That’s the truth my friends. Your dog does feel stress. They don’t show it in the same ways we do. They can’t turn around and yell at someone. However, they do feel the stresses of everyday life.

Different breeds show stress in different ways, just like us. I might get stressed out at work and get a raging headache, while my friend under the same circumstances, might feel very little about work stress. Same with your dogs. 2 dogs will react very differently to the same set of circumstances.

Some dogs are just hardwired show more stress. That’s who they are. Other dogs are hardwired to be very zen. They go with the flow. Can you see our similarities?

Here’s what I know.  When a client comes to me stressed out.  Their dog comes to me stressed out.  When clients are calm, cool and collected, Their dogs mirror them. Dogs are in tune, in sync with our emotions.

Here are just a few tips to lower the stress level for dogs.

1. Play classical music. Don’t leave a random station that plays,  all types of music. That change in sound is disruptive. Pick a channel that has fewer commercials, with fewer people talking. Classical CD’s are even better. No one talks.

2. When you’re going at a fast pace, your dogs feels that rate of speed.  If you center yourself and relax, your dog will feel that difference in you. Be a Zen Master. Sounds hookey? It’s not.

3. Leaving your TV on with a dog show on, causes stress. They bark at THAT dog. This stresses them out.” Why is that dog communicating there and not here?”  That’s what’s in their head.

If you’re in the market to lower your dog’s stress levels, while you’re away; I suggest classical CD’s.  If you’re looking to lower your dog’s stress when you’re together. I suggest, being together. Put down the cell phone, stop texting and be with your dog. Sound like a plan to me.

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Rachael Chadwick April 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

As the owner of an extremely highly-strung Border Terrier I’m always on the lookout for anything I can do to reassure her that all is well. She’s so stressed out in public now that she turns it into aggression and snaps at other dogs. The advice here is all great. Ive found a lovely company called Through a Dog’s Ear that creates special music for dogs and you can get plenty of free downloads on their website. I’d be grateful of any advice regarding herbal solutions ie valerian or if anyone thinks aromatherapy might work for doggies? I may have to get her some little doggy headphones so she can listen to the music when we are out and about if nothing else works!

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admin April 19, 2012 at 2:32 am

Hi Rachael! Border Terriers just by their nature are extremely active dogs and need loads of excercise, both phsycial (walking, running,throwing a ball, agility classes for example) and mental excercises too.. Like safe puzzle dog toys fit to that breed of dog. They are so smart and clever and need to burn off some of that steam they just have in their DNA.. They will find a hole in your yard that you never knew you had!
The music should help a bit to calm your baby down. Personally, the holistic drops that I’ve tried, here on my dogs who get stressed out have not worked for me. You will have to let me know if you try that avenue and keep me posted. Another great idea, if you haven’t tried this one out yet, would be to check out local dog training classes or if you know a good dog trainer to get a little added help. You want to be able to enjoy a walk without your baby, getting stressed when seeing other dogs. Under those circumstances, in a training world, with trainers that can watch and make suggestions is a safe way to begin venturing out again and enjoying your time together Some of their training tips have helped me out greatly.

Let me know how things go, as I’m really interested to see what you decide to do, both on the holistic front and maybe the training front. Cheers an thank you for the read and your question.

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Lisa May 19, 2012 at 9:33 am

Thank you for your great videos! What is your take on the Gentle Leader heard colalr? I’d love to hear your opinion. We recently adopted a rescued 1.5 year old Sato from Puerto Rico and we’ve had challenges teaching her to walk on a leash. The Gentle Leader has made a huge difference and it looks like it’s working well for us. Our dog does not like it but accepts it. From the dog’s perspective, are we doing the right thing? 

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Joyce July 28, 2012 at 8:45 am

I love the boxer pic! I grew up with boxers and they are the best dog hands down. The only pets we have right now are buneins and I do not foresee a dog in our future but if we ever get one it will definitely be a boxer! We had a couple of brindle ones like the one on the back of your couch, so cute!!

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admin August 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Hi Joyce! Glad you enjoyed the blog. Hope to see you soon. Cheers!

Cinthia October 1, 2012 at 3:03 am

I have a question , every time I conammd my dog to sit , he obeys and sits, but when I give him the treat he paws with one paw and won’t let me give him the treat , it’s like he wants to snatch it from my hand , I always have the treat firmly gripped with my thumb on top and my index holding the treat on the bottom so it won’t get snatched from my fingers, how do I get him to stop pawing me when I give him his reward? so I grab one paw so he won’t lift the other while praise him 4 the mean time

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admin October 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Cinthia, don’t give the treat, if the command is not what you want. Do a command like “ah-ah, or wait” over and over. Repetition is key. After your dog learns that command fully, give the treat. Let me know how that works for you. Thank you for your quesition.

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