Every month, many dogs are sent back to shelter homes. Though, shelter homes are homely and welcoming, usually dogs feel stressful. Among the many reasons, a few can be they would have gotten separated with their previous families, left by their families, they have to live in closed environments and more primarily they may have to deal with other dogs especially bullying dogs.
These changes can greatly affect their mental health and reduce their chances of getting adopted. They may litter anywhere, will confine to closed areas or in a corner, become inactive or hide behind the kennel. Some dogs may become quiet and some, on the other hand, become aggressive and with barking loud and increasingly. Added to this, increased stress levels can badly hamper the immune system lowering the disease fighting capacity. In such situations, pets become more prone to diseases.
Well, following certain steps, you can reduce their stress levels and make them more appealing.
De-Stress Tips for Pets in Shelter Homes
Dog Appeasing Pheromone DAP Collar/DAP spray
Living with so many pets, it sometimes become mentally stressful for some dogs/cats. Mostly, sensitive pets are more vulnerable to behavioral problems. Treating them with DAP spray or applying DAP collar can significantly lower the stress level and help furry pals to adjust to the environment.
It is proved that dogs respond to music positively. Thus, stress levels hugely decrease when classical or melodious music is played. The atmosphere inside the kennel will become serene and the dog becomes calm while the bark will lower dramatically.
Though most shelter homes miss this, it is essential for every dog and cat to exercise. They love running and playing, but restricting them in confined environments can badly hammer their health. Therefore, it’s prominent to encourage dogs to play and run as much as possible.
Dogs love to be in community and they are extremely social. Petting dogs, talking to them and giving them a gentle massage will go in a long way in reducing stress. Like humans, dogs too need to know that they are loved even when they are in shelter homes.
Minimum Noise Level
Ensure that you lower the noise level to minimal in the shelter homes. Dogs are quite sensitive to noise, and loud noises usually tend to make them restless, increasing their stress hormones. Help dogs to remain calm by giving them treats. If dog barks too much just walk away from the dog, shutting the door. Reward them for their good behavior, this will help them stay calm without barking unnecessarily.