5 Tips for Calming Down a Stressed Dog

From fireworks to thunderstorms, dogs can get stressed and anxious over a number of things pretty easily. At times, pinpointing the exact culprit(s) behind your dog’s distress can be quite difficult. But many times, it’s obvious; journey to the vet, a long car journey, to name a few. But, just like humans, prolonged stress in dogs can be really harmful, therefore it is important for the owner to identify the cause of stress and do whatever they can to isolate their furry friends from it.


While every dog reacts to stress in different ways, the most common symptoms to look out for include:

  • Eyelids peeled backwards.

  • Ears erect or laid flat.

  • Shivering.

  • Excessive barking.

Apart from visiting the vet or going on long car journeys, if your dog shows one or more of these symptoms quite often, it’s best that you don’t take it lightly. Thankfully, there are many ways to calm your stressed out buddy, the most useful of which are discussed below:

1. Walkies to the rescue!

Obviously, this wouldn’t work if your dog is stressed out because of fireworks or a thunderstorm (in which case, staying indoors would be the best idea.) But if the cause is something else, going for a walk can work like magic and lighten up your dog’s mood.

2. “Bork” Out!

Exercising is just as beneficial to dogs as it is to humans. Needless to say, it’s the best ‘natural’ stress reliever. While exercising, our brains release serotonin, which is the chemical that makes us feel happy. The amazing thing is that the brains of dogs work the same way. So, take your dog on a run every now and then.

3. Remedy?

There are a lot of remedies for stressed out pets in the market.
Best Life 4 Pets’ very own “Pets-At-Ease” anxiety relief remedy is one of such fantastic remedies, which is 100% natural and can be really helpful in calming down any stressed out pet. You can buy it on Amazon at the following link: http://bit.ly/PETCALM


4. Massaging

There’s nothing a little massage can’t fix! Dogs, especially stressed ones, love being massaged. Use slow and long strokes to soothe their nerves.


5. Who doesn’t like music?

Dogs love music, too. Put headphones over your dog’s ears if they are stressed because of 4th of July or a summer thunderstorm, play soothing music (or anything which your dog enjoys) and watch the magic happen. Leaving the music or the TV on when you go for work can also help with separation anxiety.