What does it tell you when your dog is aggressive toward another human being or an animal? Why does your dog pull at his or her leash? Why does your dog experience separation anxiety, excessively bark or appear to be hyper all the time? Is your dog stressed out?
As a pet parent, wouldn’t it be great to know what your canine is thinking? Since your dog is not verbally capable of telling you, it is important for you to understand what their body language is trying to say.
Expert opinion tells us how to interpret what a dog is trying to communicate to its pet parent by looking at the dog’s anatomy. If you look at:
· A dog’s tail - A dog’s tail is used to communicate strong emotions, including happiness, as well as anger and agitation. To accurately get the bigger picture the dog’s wagging or tucked tail is trying to tell you, look at the rest of his/her body language. If his/her ears are pinned forward or back, or her or she has stiffened muscles and dilated pupils, these are all signs your dog needs some space.
· A dog’s ears - A dog will hold his/her ears naturally when he/she is relaxed and comfortable. When he or she is alert, he/she will raise them higher on his/her head and direct them toward whatever is holding his interest. If his/her ears are pulled back slightly, it’s a signal his/her intention is friendly. And if your dog’s ears are completely flattened or stuck out to the sides of his/her head, he/she is signaling that he/she is frightened or feeling submissive.
· A dog’s body - When your dog is scared, he/she does his best to look small. Often, his/her body looks hunched, with his/her tail held low or tucked between his/her rear legs and his/her ears flattened back on his/her skull. The muscles of his/her body and face will be tense and rigid. He/she might even cower close to the ground or try to escape.
With all of this information in mind, Dr. Roger Mugford, a pet psychologist and the trainer to the Queen’s Corgis, has some insight to offer; insight that could quite possibly ease your pet’s qualms in a very holistic fashion. He suggests the light-weight Anxiety Wrap; a product Tufts University has studied extensively and quoted as being 98% effective for anxious pets.
Some dogs fear certain sounds (like thunderstorms or fireworks), being in crowds, or being left alone. To help ease their various fears, the original, patented Anxiety Wrap gives a calming, hug-like sensation – activating and maintaining key pressure points that better enable pets to relax. Helping your dog keep calm can even prevent behavioral issues. (For additional notes on how the one-of-a-kind product works, click here to see helpful Anxiety Wrap graph and notes.)
According to Dr. Roger Mugford, Pet Psychologist and Founder of The Company of Animals, “Fear and anxiety are at the root of many canine behavioral problems.” Unaddressed, these fears can result in aggressiveness, leash pulling, separation anxiety, excessive barking, and hyperactivity. “We’ve been using and recommending the Anxiety Wrap in The Company of Animals’ own British Behaviour Centre for years,” continues Mugford.
A recently published Tufts University Clinical Research Study, titled “The Effectiveness of Anxiety Wrap in the Treatment of Canine Thunderstom Phobia: An Open-Label Trial,” even deemed the product 89 percent effective! The Anxiety Wrap was especially called out as "safe and effective treatment for canine thunderstorm phobia." The study has since been published, and the Anxiety Wrap cited, in such respected journals and resources as The Journal of Veterinary Behavior and ScienceDirect.
The Anxiety Wrap starts at $39.95 and comes in 11 canine sizes – to properly fit each age and breed. There are even Calming Face Wraps for dogs, and specialty made feline Anxiety Wraps, available too. For the full product selection by The Company of Animals, visit www.CompanyofAnimals.us.