When we look at the reason for the anxiety, sometimes the reason can be very obvious. For example, fireworks are a very common occurrence to cause anxiety in our pets. Unfortunately, other times it's not as easy to see the reason. Some dogs can present as anxious more frequently and it's hard to tell the “why”. Anxiety in dogs generally falls into two categories: situational and generalized. If you are unsure of the "why" to your dog's behavior, it is important to seek the help of a qualified professional to help you assess your dog to determine the cause. A certified dog trainer and your veterinarian may be needed to decrease your dog's overall anxiety…teamwork makes the dream work!
Training plans that address anxiety are often rooted in systematic desensitization protocols. That always starts at the level that the dog is comfortable with, and gradually increases the anxiety producing stimulus. It's important to note that if your dog is experiencing a high level of anxiety, punishment based and or aversive training methods should be avoided at all costs. Negative punishment will increase anxiety, not decrease it. Always seek the help of a qualified positive reinforcement-based trainer that has experience dealing with your dog's specific anxiety.
One of our most popular applications for CBD therapy is using it as an aid to relieve stress and anxiety in dogs, cats, and horses. For cases like situational anxiety (fireworks, car rides etc.) we can use CBD therapy on a needed basis about 30 to 45 minutes before the stressful event. Our
For generalized anxiety or "everyday anxiety", we suggest twice daily dosing of CBD to maintain a consistent level of relief. We have also found that for generalized anxiety it is very helpful to use CBD during training sessions to help them "take the deep breath" we wish we could tell them to take, and be more malleable to the training process. Our standard tinctures work very well for generalized anxiety; however, if your dog has advanced anxiety, we recommend trying our CBD:CBG:CBN tincture for maximum benefit.
If you have questions about your dog's anxiety or need help with product selection or dosing that's appropriate for your dog's situation, please feel free contact VetCS for assistance!