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Soothing A Nervous Dog
October 3, 2022
October is Adopt A Dog Month! Going to a new place is a huge change for dogs, and one that can be overwhelming. And while some bold and fearless pups may immediately make themselves at home, a more nervous pooch may feel timid and uneasy for a while. A Kerrville, TX vet discusses calming an anxious dog in this article.

Exercise

Just like people, dogs need regular activity. A good workout will help your canine companion burn off some of that nervous energy, so he’ll be calmer after. It will also give him a healthy outlet for any doggy angst he is feeling. Make sure your pup has plenty of toys, and walk and play with him daily.

Communication

Communication is key for any relationship. That includes our friendships with our pets! Talk to Fido in a friendly, cheerful tone. He won’t understand you, but it will help him to get to know your voice. Plus, he’ll understand that you’re communicating with him. You may also want to do some research on dogs’ body language. This can help you identify signs of uneasiness, such as licking the lips or tail tucking.

Training

Training can be a great confidence booster for our canine buddies. Fido looks very proud of himself when he’s earned treats and praise! Work with your furry pal every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

Routine

Dogs often feel safest when they’re on a steady routine. Try to keep Fido on a set schedule for meals, walks, training, and playtime.

Positive Reinforcement

Our canine pals are wonderful pets and companions, but they aren’t perfect. Sooner or later, Fido will do something naughty. Don’t punish him for misbehaving: that may only make him fear and distrust you. Focus on rewarding good behavior instead.

Love

Small comforts, like good food, soft beds, proper grooming, toys, treats, and playtime, are all important parts of a good dog care regimen. However, the biggest thing is to pay attention to your pup, and make sure he feels loved and safe. Keep in mind that Fido may never become that super-happy dog that thinks everyone he meets is his new best friend. That’s perfectly fine! As long as he can function and isn’t acting aggressive, just let him be himself. As your Kerrville, TX pet clinic, we’re here to help! Please feel free to contact us anytime!
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