7 Methods to Calm Your Dog Around Other Dogs
The most common complaints of the dog owners are: “My pup is calm at home, but whenever he meets another dog, his manners go right out the window!”
Dogs are highly social animals and generally pay close attention to other people and animals, especially other dogs. Just like a typical dog, yours may acknowledge another dog by barking, whining, or jumping.
But what happens if your dog gets too excited or aggressive and gets out of control when meeting other dogs? This type of behavior can become a huge problem. As a worst case scenario, it may cause some unavoidable dangers for your pooch.
How do you stop this aggressive behavior and keep your dog calm around other dogs?
Simple! Have a look at the following strategies and find the one(s) that work for you and your dog towards having your mutt become more comfortable around other dogs.
7 Methods to Calm Your Dog Around Other Dogs
Method #1: Play Some Calming Music
Relaxation music has the power to calm our minds. Psychiatrists suggest the use of music as therapy to their patients. But did you know that soothing music can calm your dogs too?
Yes, dogs are less stressed when they hear soft music. A study published in the Journal of Physiology and Behavior (based on previous research by the same team) found that dogs that hear classical music regularly have had some noticeable change in their behavior. They generally lie down more and bark less – a sign of mental relaxation.
A study conducted by the researchers at Colorado State University showed that dogs did not experience the same calming effect listening to heavy metal music.
Method #2: Use Essential Oils aka Aromatherapy
The aromatherapy for dogs is quite a surprise to most dog owners, who have never heard of this. Specially formulated essential oils can be quite soothing for your dog. You should discuss this with your vet before trying it!
Here are a few things you should know before using essential oils with your dog.
- Never use low-quality essential oil.
- Apply the oil on your dog’s back only.
- Do not rub the oil on any body parts where your pup could lick it off, such as the feet, belly, tail, etc.
- Check the ingredients. Cedar, chamomile, bergamot, and lavender contain calming properties. Look for formulas which include these oils.
From the Editor: ALWAYS do your research before using essential oils on a pet, and rarely use it on a cat or bird. Find out as much as you can about essential oils and they should be applied to your dog. Some oils must be diluted first, or it will burn their skin.
Your dog will like some aroma and not others. Try to find oils that he doesn’t mind, as this will make it easier for you to apply and have the best outcome for your pooch.
Method #3: Go for Fresh Air
Running or playing in an open field helps to keep your dog’s mind relaxed by reducing the extra energy of your dog, which calms the nerves.
If your dog is a high-energy breed, try to play with him regularly. Play fetch! Whenever your dog returns the fetched ring to you, make eye contact with him. It helps to calm his mind.
However, throw the ring within a close range. If a hyperactive dog has to go a distance to chase the ball, he may start running after another pet instead. In this case, there’s a higher possibility of being lost. But if your dog does get lost, stay calm, and PawMaw is always there for you to find lost pets.
Method #4: Use a secure harness or collar
If all of the method described above goes wrong, you may choose the harness method.
Find the perfect harness for your dog. Put it gently on the neck of your dog but don’t tighten it too much, which may result in choking.
Whenever your dog becomes aggressive in front of another pet, pull the harness. It sends a signal to your dog’s brain that he shouldn’t do it. It’s a mental practice. It works!
Method #5: Train Voice Commands
If you don’t want to go for a leash or harness, you may use voice commands. At the basic level, work on having your dog learn common commands, which include ‘sit,’ ‘down,’ ‘stay,’ ‘come,’ and perhaps the most important – ‘leave it.’
Method #6: Talk to your vet about medications
For some dogs, training isn’t enough to control their aggressive behaviors. In that case, consult with your vet about the possibility of medications for your pooch. Use the suggested drugs only, and never use over-the-counter or human meds without checking with the vet first.
Method #7: Practice, practice, and practice
No dog is perfect. As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to train your dog to become a respectable citizen of our society.
You will have to practice the calming methods again and again for a long time. You know, practice makes a man (or dog!) perfect!
If you don’t have enough time to train your dog, you should hire a dog trainer.
Each dog exhibits its stresses in his way. And the same thing goes for the calming methods too. Don’t rush. Apply each technique to your dog and wait for the change.
Overall, the secret behind this calming training is ‘patience.’ You can’t train your dog to be calm until you are not patient enough.
Stay patient and create a calmer dog!
“7 Methods to Calm Your Dog Around Other Dogs”
Guest Writer: Lauretta Williams is a web-addicted blogger. She loves spending her time listening to music, playing with her dog and writing blogs from her computer. She works with PawMaw which helps you find your lost pet quickly.
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