If you have a dog, chances are your furry family member might get upset when there’s a lot of commotion outside.
While it might be impossible to completely avoid loud noises such as thunder and fireworks in the holidays, by learning how to make a dog anxiety wrap, you can control the situation.
Understanding Anxiety Signs In Your Dog
First things first, it’s important to know the signs of anxiety and what causes it. The Infographic above gives us a good indication.
Some of the reasons that can cause your dog to be anxious are lack of socialization, previous bad experiences like abuse and neglect (this is particularly true of rescue dogs) and a change in their central nervous system.
They could also be feeling sick. Separation from you is their worst fear. This rates highly on the anxiety scale.
How To Make A DIY Dog Anxiety Wrap At Home
The dog anxiety wrap is a very simple method that involves gently wrapping your dog in a scarf or loose band when you know they’re going to be nervous or worked up.
The method is simple and uses a scarf or band long enough to fit your dog using the above method. Here’s how it works.
How To Use A DIY Dog Anxiety Wrap Correctly
- Take the scarf or band and hold it in front of your dog’s chest.
- Wrap it Behind your pooch, crossing the two end at the shoulder blades.
- Do not wrap it around their neck. Next, bring both ends under your dog’s chest and cross them.
- Bring them up behind your dog’s back and tie the two ends snugly, but not too tight.
- This snug band surrounding the dog will give them a grounded, secure feeling, like a big hug. It will help them calm down and keep them from being overly nervous or scared.
Easy Dog Anti-Anxiety Hack Wrap Video Tutorial
This video shows you how to do the wrap step-by-step. As you can see, the woman tying the scarf in this video does so very slowly, so as not to make the dog more nervous.
This is a very important step to remember since you might be anxious to get the band around your dog if they’re already anxious and barking. Click Play above to view ^
Best Selling Anti-Anxiety Thunder Shirt For Dogs
If you’re looking for a more permanent method for your dog, you can purchase a specially made jacket that will have the same effect.
These are especially suited to dogs who are nervous or have separation anxiety. It is perfect for longer periods. The scarf is more of a temporary solution for fireworks and thunder.
It is also fully adjustable and resists pet hair. According to the company, the ThunderShirt has over 80% success rate with anxious dogs.
This includes things like thunder and fireworks.
Crowds, Vet visits, even dogs who bark a lot at passersby outside their home can all benefit.
Natural Blissful Dog Spray
Here’s something else we love. This Blissful Dog Spray can be used on pet bedding for peace and well-being.
It is made with Essential Oils and is definitely worth a try. It gets rave reviews from other Dog Owners.
DIY Dog Anxiety Wrap Made From Scarf
You could also make your own dog anxiety wrap if you’ve got an old pair of leggings that you don’t mind parting with. This tutorial from Cutenes.com shows you how to make this wrap shown above, using leggings, seam ripper and shears. What a great idea.