helping dogs with anxiety or phobias
07-26-183 mins read
Having a dog with phobias and anxieties can lead to traumatizing scenarios, a lot of hand wringing and a heavy dent in your bank account looking for a solution (or replacing damaged items...). We know you're here looking for a tips on how to relieve your pup's pain. Because every dog's specific situation is different, we feel we can't offer a blanket list of solutions in one post, but what we can do is offer our own personal tips on what YOU can control when the crazy anxiety hits your dog.
Dogs with Anxiety
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Having a dog with phobias and anxieties can lead to traumatizing scenarios, a lot of hand wringing and a heavy dent in your bank account looking for a solution (or replacing damaged items…).

We know you’re here looking for a tips on how to relieve your pup’s pain. Because every dog’s specific situation is different, we feel we can’t offer a blanket list of solutions in one post, but what we can do is offer our own personal tips on what YOU can control when the crazy anxiety hits your dog.

P.S. If your dog has travel anxiety or storm phobia specifically, we have written two posts about those issues here and here. If your dog has separation anxiety, here’s a post to start you down a good path.

Don’t Leave Him At Home Uncrated/Unattended

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Our best advice is to talk to your vet about the troubles your dog is having.

While this may seem obvious — and you probably have already done this — it is really important to not brush off what your dog is experiencing and work to find a cure (not a temporary solution).

A quick story: One afternoon my friend came home because they knew a storm was brewing and how their dog would react to that. They panicked when they were unable to find him…. Eventually locating him lying hidden in the bushes, hemorrhaging from his bottom due to the anxiety he was experiencing from anticipating the weather. They rushed him to the hospital, and I can thankfully say that today he is happy, healthy and — with a lot of work — no longer having that kind of reaction every time thunder rolls in. But it’s been a road to get there, with some good help from the vet.

Now, on to what you can do to help your dog, once the episode begins:

WHAT CAN YOU CONTROL?

Make Sure They Know Their Safe Place

If you check out the reviews on our crates, you’ll find a bunch of customers with anxious dogs saying they found their saving grace in Gunner Kennels (check out one specific one here)… some even claiming it has cured the anxiety by allowing their pet to feel protected in their new secure den.

To us, this makes perfect sense. Dogs are genetically programmed to ¨kennel¨ as den animals. The crate is their home and should be the safe space they seek out when they are tired, upset, or anxious. In our personal experience, and in hearing other anecdotes, we believe that the sturdy construction and material of the G1 can actually make the pet feel more protected, inducing more calm.

If you don´t think your dog has his go-to safe place — one with four walls — then our first suggestion is to crate train them to treat their kennel as a safe haven.

Don’t Leave Him At Home Uncrated/Unattended

If you know your dog has phobias, then you should not be leaving them at home alone and uncrated. You can’t always predict when the scaries are going to hit, and that’s just setting them up to try to escape, do damage to themselves, or to your home. Remember that it´s better for them to be in their safe place.

Add Some Ambiance To The Den

Whether he’s home alone or has run to his den out of fear, we suggest turning the TV on loud, placing a fan nearby, or turning on some calming music to provide a white noise effect. Put their favorite toys or blanket inside. And if it feels right, even drape a towel over the kennel windows to enhance the den setting. It really does help in some situations.

What About Some Meds?

Always look to the expert for the best advice. If your dog has had a severe reaction in the past, they may recommend a mild sedative – and some people even use Melatonin or Benadryl (though, fair warning: they do have the reverse effect on some dogs). Know that medication will only be a temporary solution, though — you will eventually need to get to the root of your dog´s anxiety for a cure.

Distraction

Depending on the situation, you can sometimes work to distract your dog through games, retrieves and rewards. Play with him if he’s willing. Or keep treats that last longer — like frozen peanut butter in a toy — in the freezer.

Finally, Just Stay Calm

Dogs feed off of your emotional state, and he’ll be looking to you for reassurance when he’s fearful. Understand that he needs that from you, and don’t overreact.

These are some quick highlights of why we think crate training is good for your dog. Do you agree with us? Let us know below, or email us here.

*special note: Gunner Kennels does not condone kenneling your dog for extended periods of time in any crate. Dogs were not made for long stretches of daily confinement. Please consider a better option if you are crating your dog each day for multiple hours, especially if they have anxiety.

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07/05/2021
Brandon M.
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  • How would you describe your dog? Gun or Bird Dog
  • What's your primary use of the product? Travel
It’s like an insurance plan….

This is by far the best kennel made. I use mine daily and they take lots of abuse. They never even seem to wear at all. Hose them off with soap and water and they look brand new. I encourage all of my puppy buyers to get them as well. It’s like an insurance plan for your best friend!

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Kris T.
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  • What's your primary use of the product? TravelHomeHome & Travel Equally
  • How would you describe your dog? Family or Companion Dog
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Wow, this kennel is the Yeti of dog kennels! everything about this kennel is first rate. Yes, there are cheaper, but none can compare to a Gunner kennel.

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05/31/2021
Alec L.
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  • What's your primary use of the product? Travel
  • How would you describe your dog? Family or Companion Dog
Amazing travel kennel

This thing is built like a tank. I have no doubt this will protect our little guy if we are ever involved in an accident. We recently completed an 800 mile road trip with him in the crate. It was well worth the money. This was the first time he was calm in the car and not whining. He slept easily during the drive. We felt calm know he was secure and comfortable. Cannot recommend this crate enough!!

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  • How would you describe your dog? Family or Companion Dog
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Unlike any other crate I have seen

I purchased two Gunner kennels, a medium and a small, for my pups. Immediately, you understand this is a different level of product compared to what you’ve used before. The construction is fantastic and legitimately heavy duty. I feel so much better knowing I’ve done everything I can to keep my dogs safe in case of a worst case scenario.

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  • What's your primary use of the product? Travel
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Best purchase for my best friends

I’ve been buying cheap kennels for the four years I’ve owned my dogs, none of them seemed to hold up. I’ve wanted a Gunner for a year now, and the more I read stories of how they have saved dogs lives, it made me think of how losing my best friends would damn near **** me. So I made the purchase and will never look back. It is one solid kennel and I will not let the kennel hold me back from traveling farther to hunt anymore. It’s well worth the investment. I’m a firm believer in you get what you pay for, and this will not let anyone down.