What Relaxes Dogs?

by Amy Brantley
    Help your dog relax.

    Help your dog relax.

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    Some dog breeds are extremely hyper. Your dog may run circles around the coffee table, run around your feet while walking, and may even be destructive due to her hyper behavior. You don't have to live with this, however. Whether it's music or massage, you can encourage your dog to relax. This will help make the relationship with your dog more enjoyable and ensures your dog gets into less trouble.

    Positive Reinforcement

    If you place treats in your dog's bed, she will be more apt to lie in it. When she's lying in her bed and being good, praise and pet her. If she leaves the bed and starts jumping around, ignore her. When she goes back to the bed, continue petting her. Doing this each day, several times per day, can help reinforce the idea that you want her to calm down.


    Music has been known to sooth the savage beast. The same thing applies to the hyper dog that is climbing the walls. Soft, classical music is said to relax dogs. Whether your dog is afraid of thunder or is experiencing separation anxiety, music may be the answer. Try leaving a radio tuned to a classical channel and see if it relaxes your pooch.


    Dogs are just like humans in that scents can be calming. One common scent used to calm dogs is cedar. Your dog may be exposed to cedar through bedding or a cedar dog house. Other scents that can relax your dog include lavender and chamomile. You can use essential oil diffusers to spread the smell throughout your home during anxious times.

    Chew Toys

    Chew toys help relax dogs by keeping them occupied. If you need to get something done and want your dog to stay busy, give her a chew toy or treat. Make sure you still keep an eye on your pet and always choose toys and treats that are safe for her size.


    If your dog is experiencing anxiety, a good massage can greatly reduce the stress. To give your dog a massage, use your forefinger and middle finger and gently rub the muscles in a circular motion. It may take a couple minutes to take affect, but soon your pup will be relaxed and possibly drifting off to sleep. You could even use this method in combination with playing soothing music and heating scented oils to fill the room with a calming scent.

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    About the Author

    Amy Brantley has been a writer since 2006, contributing to numerous online publications. She specializes in business, finance, food, decorating and pets.

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