Ways to help a stressed dog

chickenmama109

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Hi! I have a chi that has been a little stress out! He lives with two bigger dogs and my house can get a little crazy with the kids! I bought him a thunder vest but he didn’t like that too much! I have some drops that he takes to calm him down and that helps a little but I was wondering if there was anything else I can do to help him with some of the stressful days!? What do y’all do?
 

chickenmama109

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New dog to the household?
Give him a safe place to retreat to?
Tell everyone to calm the heck down?
Haha that’s what I do! I try and keep him in a calm room but he always wants to be in the main one! He is not Nee I have had him his whole life, and he is almost 6 years now! I was just wanting to find some ways to keep him none stressed out sometimes especially during thunderstorms!
 

rosemarythyme

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For fireworks and stuff I've been using CBD oil or hemp treats. He'll still be nervous but it can help take the edge off, downside is you need to have a heads up on when you'll need it (so if there's thunderstorms in the forecast, for example, you want to dose 30-60 min in advance).
 

BigBlueHen53

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My Sheltie used to have anxiety attacks with thunderstorms. I'd give her a Benadryl and put a tight Tshirt on her, one my Kid had outgrown. Figured it would work like a Thundershirt. After about a year of this, just the shirt was enough. Now she doesn't need that either. You might also try a drop of essential lavender oil just under each ear, it's very soothing, and put him in a crate with a towel over it in a quiet room. I second the idea of soothing music also. Dens feel very safe and comforting in times of stress. Maybe include a towel or a favorite stuffed animal and a chew toy for distraction.
 
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