Dogs who have anxiety, are fearful, or fear reactive can be helped with proper training and help from their patient owners. Training and consistency go a long way when it comes to helping your dog calm down, but it doesn’t always work on its own. This is where CBD can help.
Pairing with Training
If you decide to use CBD for your dog’s reactivity, it’s important to do training or behavior modification along with it. Dogs can develop coping mechanisms when they’re stressed, so the resulting behavior needs to be addressed.
CBD can be used alongside techniques that can help desensitize the dog to reactivity causes, so eventually, these habits can be trained out.
CBD does not simply plow over your dog’s anxiety to sedate them. Instead, it works with the serotonin receptors to create a sense of well-being. This allows your dog to feel safe and counteracts the anxiety and fear reactivity they are experiencing.
Over time, your dog will remember they felt safe in the face of reactivity causes. This will build the confidence to see less fear and anxiety in these situations.
Hearing Your Commands
When dogs become reactive to other animals or stimuli it can cause anxiety and even a prey drive kick in and your dog can quickly become overwhelmed. Once a dog is in that state, it’s very hard to get them to listen.
CBD allows your dog to feel calm and safe enough to listen to the commands you are giving.