Tips For Relieving Your Dog’s Stress

Being a dog owner is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have, but it does not come without its share of hard-work. Dogs can be incredible friends, and they can be a continuous source of joy and love for us humans, but they can also feel stressed out and anxious as well. As dog owners, we must be sensitive to our canine companion’s stress levels. If your dog’s behavior is slightly-off, stress could be the reason. Dogs are highly sensitive animals and get stressed in foreign situations, or if they feel uncomfortable, or in pain. You may notice a decrease in appetite when stress is the issue, a more isolated personality, your dog might act a bit more lethargic – or in some cases, even more antsy if they feel stressed. Noted below are some of the best tips for lowering your dog’s stress level.

Being There

Being with your dog is one of the greatest ways you can help them find calm, and reduce their level of stress. An article by the BBC shows that a dog’s brain reacts intensely to their owner’s presence, so keep in mind when your dog looks stressed, your being with them can greatly ease whatever discord they might feel. Dogs are biologically pack animals, so being with familiar faces really helps them find a sense of calm and relaxation.

Diet/Exercise

An anxious or stressed out dog might find comfort in a quick snack, or a bowl of good, natural food. There are many great dog-centric websites that list in-depth breakdowns of health concerns and personality traits of various breeds, even for the more obscure breeds. For example, check out this in-depth analysis of the Norwich Terrier, found by just searching the web. It is not the world’s most popular dog breed, but as this example shows, there is an exhaustive amount of information available on this breed, and we can access it faster and more efficiently than at any time in the past. The analysis linked covers everything from the basic physiology of the breed, to grooming tips, and even links exhaustively detailed descriptions of diseases that may harm the breed. The amount of information on this one lesser-known dog breed alone shows how incredibly useful the internet can be when we use it to understand our pet’s dietary/physical needs.

Petting

This goes back to the first point of the article. Your presence alone helps your dog. The BBC article went on to state that symbols of affection or approval (i.e. petting, speaking in a loving way) stimulates a dog’s brain in immense ways. So there really is a very positive neurological response from dogs when they are being shown love by their owners. And this is the key to calming an antsy dog down. Interaction. Dogs are social animals, they like to interact with life. Humans are the same. We feel bad when we have nobody to talk to, we crave affection just like our canine counterparts.

It is important to understand these above concepts if your dog seems to get stressed out a lot. Consult with your veterinarian about possible anti-anxiety medication for your dog if it becomes true issue for them. But on bigger note, be supportive of your dog, be mindful of their struggles. Their moods are largely built on your mood towards them. A little patience can go a long way!

Event Announcement: 2017 Spring Horse Training Clinic

Reserve your spot for our 2017 Spring Horse Training Clinic with Juan Vendrell! March 25th from 10am – 4pm

1/2 day groundwork and 1/2 day riding.

$100 for non-members
$80 for TBAR members
$25 for auditors all day

Please bring lawn chairs for sitting. Clean coggins required for all horses attending. Cost includes sandwich, chips and drink lunch.

Juan Vendrell of TC Ranch Horsemanship will teach Natural Horsemanship methods in roundpenning, desensitizing, haltering and saddling horses. Juan works with Alfonso Aguilar, Participated in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Ft. Worth, TX where 5 – 6 year old mustangs are trained and shown and The Horseman’s Reunion in Paso Robles, CA, where twenty horsemen such as Martin Black, Chris Cox, Craig Cameron or Buster McLaury start forty colts in six days.
Juan holds clinics in Europe and the United States.

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Rescue Horses Cheyenne and Sonyador

Have you ever thought about fostering a horse? This family had very little experience with horses and were wondering the same thing. They finally decided to give it a try. It wasn’t easy and in the beginning they wondered if it was too much but the didn’t give up. They gained knowledge from horse experts and took their time with these two horses. Their time and effort finally paid off.
Take a look at Sonyador and Cheyenne sporting saddle blankets and saddles! These two horses came to True Blue Animal Rescue neglected and abused. After gaining weight they both had some training with Juan Vendrell but they weren’t saved until their foster home spent the time to build this trusting relationship with them. Save a life, foster or adopt a rescue horse! For more information go to www.t-bar.org and email help@t-bar.org or call 936-878-2349

Adopted Dogs Feb 8

We couldn’t be happier to have Roscoe, who had been with us a year, and Sally, who we had for months, adopted into wonderful furever homes!

Nothing makes us happier than to see these happy endings. If you’d like to adopt an adult dog, a puppy, a horse or a cat, check out our listings then email help@t-bar.org to arrange to meet and adopt!

8th Abandoned Horse in 2 Months

Meet the 8th abandoned horse that has come into True Blue Animal Rescue in the last two months. We’re thankful that law enforcement calls us instead of sending them to auction but this many horses in a short amount of time is a challenge. We still need more foster homes and donations to help with their vet care, email: help@t-bar.org

Adopted Dogs Feb 1

More puppies with their new families!

Ranger and Daisy are two more lucky puppies that went from being dumped on the side of the road to being loved and adored. Lucky puppies and lucky families. We still have six puppies that are looking for homes. If you’d like to adopt a puppy into your family check out our pups, dogs, cats and horses and then email us at help@t-bar.org to schedule a meet and greet.

 

Two more adopted puppies! These lucky puppy’s dream came true when they got a family of their own.

Happy Tail: Pete

Here’s adopted dog, Pete, in his new home with his forever Mom. We love seeing adopted pets in their new home being loved and spoiled the way they deserve to be. Did you adopt a pet from True Blue Animal Rescue? Email us a picture at help@t-bar.org so we can see how they are doing in your family.

Adopted Dogs Jan 26 (Foster Failures!)

Sometimes our foster homes fall in love with their foster animal and end up adopting.

That is what happened with these three lucky dogs! Each foster home just couldn’t let them go and decided to adopt. We do call that foster failure but it’s and adoption success at the same time.

Thank you to these foster / adopters and hooray for Cletus, Ryder and Cortez.

If you’d like to foster. foster to adopt or adopt, email help@t-bar.org to let us know what you can do to help us rescue animals and end abuse, neglect and overpopulation.