Does your pit bull tend to be anxious in some situations? Here are a few tips that might make high anxiety situations easier for you and your pit bull.
If at all possible try to tire your pup out first. A dog that has used up most of his energy playing will have less energy to use on being anxious. So a good play session should be in order before any high anxiety situations.
My boy was afraid of the wind, thunder, stomping your feet, fireworks, basically any loud noise that didn’t come from him or one of the other animals. I tried many things that just didn’t help him, and I do not count being on my lap every time the wind blew as helping him.
Then, one day I saw an ad for the ThunderShirt, which is a gentle compression vest. Boy, did I buy one real fast, and it worked. Slowly, he stopped jumping on my lap at every loud sound. I was even able to start showing him where some of the noises were coming from and that they wouldn’t hurt him.
Sometimes all it takes is the slight pressure of a ‘hug’ to let them know that they are safe.
My pit bull loved water….as long as it was at the local swimming hole. Bath meant run and hide. If your pittie is the same way, try these tips:
- Fill the tub while your pup is in another room out of ear shot. The sound of running water can be scary.
- The noise of the shampoo bottle being squeezed can make an already nervous dog jumpy. Put the shampoo in a different container and dilute it.
- Spread peanut butter on the tub walls.
Why did I never think of that last one?! I always had treats ready for my boy for after the bath, and he would grudgingly take them. I bet if I had covered the walls with peanut butter he would have ASKED for a bath.
Time To See The Vet
This was never a problem for us. As long as he was out seeing people, my boy was happy. If your pit bull has anxiety over seeing her doc, then use food. Bring her to the vet hungry and bring plenty of treats. Eating is soothing and relaxing for us so why not our best friend? If you have a puzzle toy that you can put goodies in then that is even better. It will keep your pit bull’s brain occupied as she works on getting the food out. Major distraction from nerves.
My boy had separation anxiety bad. After trying so many things and combinations of things, we finally found that Opera music was the key. Try to stay away from Rock or Heavy Metal music, it could agitate the situation. Stay with relaxing sounds. Some dogs like Classical music and others like Reggae. You could even try having your pit bull listen to an audio book.
I hope these tips on how to ease anxiety in pit bulls are helpful to you and your pit bulls. And please if you have some tips to add, let us know.