3 Life Events Dogs May Find Stressful and What Owners Can Do to Help

Life events are stressful to humans, but have you ever thought that life events can also be stressful to dogs? Dogs are very susceptible to change and emotions, and life events are filled with change and emotion, which can be upsetting to the dog. Here are three life events dogs may find stressful and what you can do to help.

Having a Baby

Having a baby is a miracle, but the new little one will take some getting used to for both the humans and the dog(s). One of the most important things you can do is to teach the dog to not be aggressive. If the dog likes to take charge of their space, bump the dog as you walk to teach it that it’s your space. Make sure to feed the dog after you feed your family, teaching the dog that the family comes first. According to Cesar’s Way, it’s a good idea to prepare your dog for when the baby comes so that when the baby is there, both the dog and the baby get along.

Moving to a New House

According to On the Move, the process of packing and moving is interesting and potentially dangerous to dogs, not to mention stressful. The dog has to get used to a new environment, one that it’s uncomfortable with. To help the dog adjust with moving, stick to a routine while moving. Sticking to a routine may be exhausting, especially with packing up everything, but it will help the dog to adjust. You may even think about getting anxiety meds for your dog if your dog has a particularly hard time adjusting to moving.

Death in the Family

Dogs grieve just like humans do, as they are emotional animals. They may go through all the stages of grief, or only a few of them, but as Dog’s Best Life says, they will need time to grieve. As a caretaker of the dog, the best thing you can do is be kind, just like you would to a friend who’s grieving. Spend time with the dog, and cuddle. Change up your routine to give the dog something new to experience. Above all, be patient with the dog. Losing a friend is never easy.

Life events can be a challenge for humans, but they can also be stressful for our animal friends that live with us. Make sure to attend to your dog’s needs whenever your family goes through a life event. This will help to make sure that your dog’s wellbeing is well taken care of in any tough situation.

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