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3 Ways to Help a Dog with Anxiety Issues

When you get a dog, you don’t really know what you’re going to get. You have to trust whomever you buy the dog from. If you purchase a dog from the humane society there’s past owner history, what they might know about the dog and of

Ellie as a puppy.

course, what the staff tells you. If you purchase from a breeder you can look at their past dogs, pedigree history and ask for references. Even if you do your homework you might end up with a dog that has health problems or behavior problems.

At least that’s what has happened to me.

We did our homework. Chose a breeder that has a great reputation and excellent pedigree of show dogs and references to boot! We had private family puppy classes and group puppy classes. We did everything right and still we have a dog that has very high anxiety and stress.  A dog that barks at the wall for no reason or growls because she thinks the pillow moved! Her routine has to be the same each day and she doesn’t like new people or animals on her turf.  Ovey!

To help our over anxious dog we’ve taken some steps to calm her nerves and ease the situation to make everyone’s life easier.  Also to make things safer for strangers because with a dog like our dog, Ellie, one can never too cautious because she could bite out of fear and we don’t want that to happen!

Here are a few steps we’ve taken to help Ellie:

1.  Energy Healing. It sound goofy but our pet trainer from Northwood’s Dog Training is a certified Energy Healer. Patty Crichton, B.S. – Holistic Dog Trainer & Behavior Specialist came to our home and spent some time with Ellie alone to see what she could learn about traumatic situations in Ellie life, energy that was built up or blocking something.  It’s really hard to explain or understand but there are tons of testimonials, it is cutting edge, non-invasive and we could combine it with other treatments. Patty can even do this through Skype! We learned that Ellie had something happen to her before we got her AND that while we had her there were a few traumatic incidences that caused some fear, anxiety and trust issues. When Patty told me the age by months that Ellie had emotional blocks I could pin-point exactly what had happened. It was amazing!

Patty recommends reading The Emotion Code by Bradley Nelson to better understand what emotional healing is. I say try it. We noticed that for several weeks afterwards Ellie did seem calmer. However, with her severe problems we could not continue to afford Emotional Healing services along with prescriptions and natural supplements.

A boy and his dog.

2.  Comfort Zone® with D.A.P. ® We realized that Ellie enjoyed our 1 ½ acre Invisible Fenced yard while we were away and at home but it gave her some anxiety when we left her alone for too long. She likes being right by us. When we left her in her very large inside dog pen with a heated bed, carpeted with music, toys, food and water {I want to live my dog’s life} to come and go outside as she pleases – it made her nervous. So we began to use the Comfort Zone with DAP plugged in and now when we are gone she spends her time cozied up on her heated dog bed at ease in her dog pen.  Essentially the Comfort Zone is plugged in and works for 30 days at time to release a calming pheromone that is similar to what is released by a puppy’s mother when it is nursing.  We also used this when we brought Ellie home as a puppy to help her learn to sleep in her crate and I’m positive it did the trick then, she was an easily trained crate dog!

Give Comfort Zone with DAP a try with your puppy or over anxious dog and tell me what you think. Get a $10 coupon for Green and Clean Mom readers by clicking here.

3.   ThunderShirt for Dog Anxiety.  To help Ellie feel safer and ease her anxiety we also use the ThunderShirt which is similar to a jacket but it snugly wraps around her body and neck adding some extra weight. It has a special design to stay on and tightly (not too tightly) add pressure to the dogs torso. It is comfortable for dogs to wear and adorable too! This has been found effective for behavior problems, dogs who bark too much and anxiety.

Our Ellie is something else but she is who she is and she’s our pet.  We’re obviously doing a great deal to help Ellie be a happier dog. Besides all of the above things we’ve tried and do on a continual basis she is on a prescription medicine and we add Bach rescue remedy to her food.  Ellie is a family pet to just the four of us and if we’re going to have company she is happier in a separate room away from company or at her favorite boarding place playing with her doggy friends.

Do you have a dog with anxiety problems? What do you do to help them?

Poquette is a K12.com 3rd grade teacher, a social media and marketing consultant (in her free time), blogger and children’s book author. She has a knack for vetting bloggers, creating blogger campaigns and connecting brands and bloggers. She speaks locally, regionally and nationally on blogging, social media and education. She’s worked with top name brands and has been mentioned and featured in the New York Times, ABC News Online, The Wall Street Journal and several others.


  • http://twitter.com/condoblues Lisa

    Blitzkrieg was very anxious and a fear biter due to his abuse issues. It took three years of intense behavioral training for him and his humans for him to become the confident goofball he is now. It sounds weird, but telling the dog how long we will be gone (we’ll be back in 3 hours,etc.) helps me with his separation anxiety issues. Blitzkrieg won’t wear clothes (abuse issues) so a Thundershirt is out for him. I give him either a sweet potato chewie or a treat dispensing toy filled with peanut butter as a positive during storms and fireworks displays on the 4th. If you want any help or ideas on how to help your pup, email me!

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  • Anonymous

    I agree with your blog.Nice treatment for helping every anxious dogs.Helpful to everyone!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1222114820 Rick Pua Pila

    Here are some things you should know about puppy separation anxiety.
    First things first, as a dog owner, you should be able to recognize the symptoms of your puppy separation anxiety. So, what are the symptoms of puppy separation anxiety?
    Destruction (Chewing and Scratching)-Are you coming home to a place that looks like a war-zone because you dog chewed on everything, including your most favorite items? This is a big sign that your dog has a separation anxiety. They usually chew on objects that have your scent. That’s why so many people come home to their favorite items all chewed up, like their shoes.
    Whining & Barking- When your dog barks and whines while your away is a big sign of distress that your dog may be suffering from separation anxiety.
    Clingy and Demanding-Your dog turns into your shadow or constantly following your when you return home . They become very demanding for attention. Encouraging this behavior by lavishing them with attention does not help the situation.
    Anxiousness-If your dog becomes anxious or whiny while your getting ready to leave the house is a big sign of puppy separation anxiety. They know you are about to leave and that’s when their separation anxiety begins.
    Eliminating In the House- A very common sign of separation anxiety is when your dog eliminates in your house. It’s common to find “accidents” when your training a new puppy, but if your dog is already potty trained than this is a sign your poor puppy has separation anxiety.

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  • Candice Valerie Medina

    It’s nice knowing dogs who are well taken care of by her owners. Otherwise, those ones who are being neglected makes me want to think how hard it is to be an animal.

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    Thanks for the tip. It is really hard and expensive to take care of pets specially dogs but they are really part of the family. We also need to make that their needs are met.

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    Nice post, I have a dog but he dont have a problem. I have problem with my cats they are too shy, if you hold them they always wants to get away from you and I dont know why.

    Are those steps above also effective to cats? Just wondering.