Does your dog suffer from anxiety or fears over anything in particular?
I’ve already shared that Bear suffers from a few types of anxiety, some of which he was probably genetically predisposed to, and others which stem from his neglectful puppy hood (before he came to the shelter where I eventually adopted him). It bothers me to see my old boy get distressed unnecessarily. None of us wish to see our pets feeling scared, worried or anxious. Unfortunately, it’s something that many pet owners will go through in one way or another. Some breeds, like German Shepherds are prone to obsessive or anxious behaviors, while other dogs are anxious due to circumstances they have lived in or are currently living in. Some are just scared of car rides, being groomed, or trips to the vet.
Just like with people, our pups are individuals, and what causes anxiety in one, might not make another dog even bat an eye. That’s why it’s important as pet owners to have resources that can help calm your pets, regardless of the source of their anxiety. Only once calm, can you begin to establish positive reinforcements with whatever is triggering the anxiety in your dog and work towards a solution that causes less stress for your family.
Have you heard of the Anxiety Wrap?
The Anxiety Wrap works by triggering acupressure points in your dog to instill calmness. It’s a drug-free method of helping your pup achieve a feeling of inner peace. Think of it as the ‘swaddled baby’ concept- only for your dog! Anxiety Wrap can provide instant comfort to dogs who are anxious about:
- car travel
- loud noises
- fear of strangers or other dogs
- general anxiety
- separation anxiety
- helps with constant barking & jumping up
- grooming anxiety
- destructive chewing/digging
We have discovered in our family that there are two times the Anxiety Wrap helps us the most:
1. When we are traveling (hotels, new places etc.)
2. When we are cheering on our favorite sports teams
Both Bear and Scooter LOVE to go for a car ride- neither of them feel anxiety while riding in the car- typically they just go to sleep. But when we arrive at our destination (if it is an unknown location to them) that’s when some anxiety sets in. Bear has the advantage of being able to see out the car window- and if we ask the boys to wait there for a minute, he can watch us and keep tabs on us while we handle business (like check into a hotel, get gas for the car etc.) but Scooter being so tiny doesn’t have that advantage, and he feels very shut off from the outside world and becomes whiny. They feed off each other as I’m sure your dogs do, and the anxiety begins to mount. We rely on Bear, being twice Scooters age to set the good example-and I’ve noticed that if one of them can ‘keep it together’ it also helps the other to remain much more calm.
Don’t say ‘car ride’ in this house- unless you mean it!
Our boys are seasoned travelers, and have camped with us, and stayed overnight in many hotels and the like. They’re used to change, but it takes them awhile to understand that *this* is our home for the night. Again, some anxiety is noticed as we try to settle them into our hotel room. Bringing ‘their things’ beds, toys, etc. certainly help, but I have noticed that this little anxiety has gotten a touch worse with Bear as he ages. Boy loves a little consistency in his life.
Bear wears his anxiety wrap in our hotel room as he settles into the new surroundings.
Second instance- cheering on our sports teams. This is a sore matter with Bear who has never appreciated the random cheers, shouts, and general excitement that can go along with cheering on a favorite sports team. My husband is a huge sports fan, and me, well let’s just say I’m slowly coming along. Since moving to Portland, I’ve become a huge Trailblazers fan, and now I too, can be found cheering alongside my handsome hubby, much to Bear’s chagrin. I believe that in Bear’s first home, where he spend a terrifying first 9 months of his life being abused and neglected, that there was a lot of yelling. It was an unhappy, broken home, where I’m quite sure Bear suffered to worst treatment of all. There are verified abuses that I don’t want to share, and things I can’t imagine. So yelling= a trigger to his terrible past.
We’ve tried various methods of helping Bear to cope with this: bringing out a ‘special t-shirt’ for sports games, giving him lots of treats, using the DAP collar or spray, lavender oil, putting him in his kennel (safe zone) in a different room- all of which have had varied levels of success- none of which being the solution we were looking for.
Until we got the Anxiety Wrap that is…
Color me surprised when we’re watching the Blazers game two weeks back, it’s getting to be a close game, and the levels of our cheers and anxiety are increasing as we’re wishing and hoping they’ll pull out a win. Suddenly, handsome hubby looks over and exclaims “Look at Bear! He’s sleeping!” And he was- a miracle in its own right! What Jake didn’t know then, is that I had slipped on the anxiety wrap about an hour earlier, and Bear had taken the full calming effect and fallen right asleep. Since the anxiety wrap is black, and so is Bear, it wasn’t immediately evident that he was wearing anything. I let him in on my little secret- and we both reveled in the awesomeness that is Anxiety Wrap.
Bear resting happily during an EXCITING bball game. Peace achieved!
The Anxiety wrap is a stretchy type material and comes in many different sizes. Bear is quite the barrel chested boy, and he wears his Large (size 9) anxiety wrap on all the ‘lowest’ settings to allow the most comfort. It’s breathable and comfortable enough that he could wear it 24/7 if we wanted him too. He’s able to find full relief outdoors while wearing his wrap and can go swimming and hiking it in without issue. In the warm weather, you can wet the Anxiety Wrap and help keep your pup nice and cool! Anxiety wrap is the only pet wrap of it’s kind that activates accupressure points to calm your canine & is American Pet Association (APA) approved.
The anxiety wrap also comes with calming leg straps which are easy to figure out and use once you’ve flipped through the instructional booklet once. We don’t typically use the leg straps, and I’ve removed them from the Anxiety Wrap and stowed them away in the ‘dog stuff bin’ for future needs. The wrap itself works so many calming wonders on our boy we haven’t had to up our game yet, but it’s nice to know the straps are an option- and something we’ll keep in mind as he continues to age.
I am one happy Trailblazers fan- excited to cheer on my team as they head into Round 2 of the NBA playoffs! Jake & I are thrilled we’ll be able to cheer the Blazers on without worrying any longer about stressing our sweet boy out.
Does your dog suffer from any anxiety? Do you think the Anxiety Wrap could be a solution in your home too?
If you are interested, I suggest you learn more about the Anxiety Wrap here, or connect with them on facebook and twitter. For those who have or purchase an Anxiety Wrap, there are even free treatment programs and training support available online- the true mark of a company who stands behind their product!
I was sent the Anxiety Wrap on behalf of The Company of Animals to try out in exchange for an honest review on our blog. As always, all opinions expressed are my own & I only share products that I find relevant to my own fur family & that I think my readers would try love. Thank you for supporting brands that make SheSpeaksBark possible.