Down South Westies
...Home of beautiful, loving, West Highland White Terriers!

Welcome To A Great Information Site For Westie Lovers!



Anxious Pup Calming Aids

Pets become stressed for many different reasons – a trip to the vet, dog shows, travel, unfamiliar guests in the house, being separated during your absence, loud noises like thunder or fireworks, or even from sensing their owner's mood swings. Because your pet is sensitive to his physical and emotional environment, he may occasionally act out in response with excessive barking, inappropriate elimination, or even destructive chewing, scratching, or aggression.

Your dog may get upset or engage in destructive behaviors when you leave him alone. Separation anxiety is a serious problem which can cause tremendous emotional distress for both dogs and owners. Misinterpreting its signs as simply "bad dog" behavior is one of the most common reasons for pet owners to give up their dogs.

A dog with separation anxiety becomes abnormally anxious when separated from his owner. The severity of the anxiety and behavior the dog exhibits varies from animal to animal. Separation anxiety can result in problematic behaviors such as: whining, pacing, salivation, barking, howling, scratching, chewing, digging, urinating or defecating, or destroying personal items or household objects.

If you suspect your dog is suffering from severe separation anxiety - especially if he is harming himself or your property - please consult with your veterinarian to find the best method of treatment. For milder cases, you may want to try one or more of the following tips to help reduce your dog's anxiety.

What Can I Do to Help My Anxious Dog?

  • More exercise - Go for more walks and throw the ball more often. Tired dogs are naturally less anxious.
  • Soften your departures and returns - Keep your departures and returns low-keyed and unexciting.
  • Gradually lengthen periods of your absence - Stage several short departures/arrivals throughout the day, gradually lengthening each absence as your dog adjusts.
  • Non-prescription stress reduction formulas - A number of non-prescription calming products like Ultra-Calm® and Rescue Remedy use natural herbal formulas to help calm your pet for short periods of 1-2 hours.
  • Pheromone Plug-In - Many dog owners have seen a remarkable improvement in their dog's anxiety with a relatively new product, the Comfort Zone Plug-In. Inserted in any wall outlet, and odorless to humans, it releases Dog Appeasing Pheromones (D.A.P) in the air throughout the entire room. Mimicking a new mother's natural pheromones, it reduces and prevents stress-related behaviors such as barking, whining, chewing, and soiling. Customers are saying good things about this product:

Fortunately you can help your pet deal with stress by lessening the root causes of the stress, and, as needed, using stress relievers.

Every pet responds differently to these natural products, so if you find that your pet doesn't respond well to one, consider trying a different product. The right choice for your pet is the one he will readily accept.