Dogs suffer from stress and anxiety as much as people do, though it can be harder to recognize their symptoms. Your pet might try to tell you that he’s stressed by pushing his ears back, tucking his tail, salivating, yawning, licking his muzzle, or lifting his front paw. Other, more obvious signs of dog anxiety include cowering or hiding, trembling, panting, or expressing his anal glands.
And just like people, there are plenty of ways to soothe anxiety in dogs without resorting to medications. (Here are 10 quick and easy ways to de-stress in under a minute.) Love listening to a certain type of music to unwind? Apparently, so does your dog. When it comes to tension-taming tunes, pups seem to prefer the sounds of soft rock or reggae to jazz, pop, or Motown. Playing the music was linked to a decrease in shelter dogs’ heart rates (which is a sign of less stress) in a new British study.
But even if you’re not a fan of Bob Marley or Michael Bolton, don’t worry. There are plenty of other natural, drug-free ways to calm your furry friend: Here are 6 simple strategies worth trying.