It’s that time of year folks, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and soon everywhere will be buzzing with holiday cheer! The holidays are an exciting time but often with the excitement comes prime opportunities for your dog’s anxiety to flare up. Here at ZenCrate we support finding natural ways to help reduce your dog’s anxiety, check out a few of our favorite natural remedies:
Aromatherapy. As with humans, aromatherapy and the use of high-quality essential oils, can be a highly effective therapy to help relieve stress and reduce your dog’s anxiety. They can be used to soothe them when traveling or during a thunderstorm, lift their spirit if they are suffering from separation anxiety and even focus your dog during training. Lavender and Cedar Oils are a good place to start.
Hydrotherapy. For a dog in need of low impact exercise, due to weight gain, joint issues or post surgery recovery, a hydrotherapy session might be the answer. Your dog will swim or walk on a submerged treadmill in a heated pool for 15-30 minutes to improve mobility, increase circulation and decrease stress, with almost zero impact on the body.
Massage. Just like with humans, canine massage can help to destress and encourage healing by increasing blood flow, relaxing muscles and stimulating nerve endings. Plus is feels really good to your dog and can improve the bond between pet and owner. You can pay someone to massage your dog for you, which will set you back around $50-$100 an hour, or you can learn some techniques yourself and incorporate them into your weekly routine.
ZenCrate. The ZenCrate was designed to be a holistic aid to helping with dog anxiety. The ZenCrate automatically detects when an animal goes inside the enclosure and immediately begins playing calming music selected based on research studies. The acoustics of the enclosure are designed to quiet sounds from outside noises, and also to keep the music inside. The reduced light exposure and confined geometry of the enclosure also help calm the animal once he enters the enclosure.
We hope you keeps these remedies in mind throughout the holiday season!