These behavioral support videos are designed to offer suggestions to common behavioral challenges that could cause a pet to be surrendered to a shelter. This is the training and behavior modification "unwanted" pets go through while at HALO to correct unwanted behaviors and increase chances for adoption. 

Helping a Dog Settle into a New Home 

(Here are a few things that a new adopter can do to help a dog with separation or anxiety issues that have worked successfully) 

Anxiety Jacket

Dog anxiety jackets are a wonderful invention that can help dogs cope with stress and separation. The jacket works by applying a constant feeling of gentle pressure, which makes the dog feel like they are being cuddled. This is very reassuring for dogs, as they are social animals that like certain kinds of physical contact. If you decide to buy an anxiety jacket for your dog, you must make sure that the jacket is on properly; if it is too tight it could hurt the dog and cause more stress, and if it is too loose the dog won’t feel comforted.

Aromatherapy Tools

Did you know that dogs have a much better sense of smell than humans? In fact, according to NOVA, “a dog's brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 times greater than ours”. For this reason aromatherapy is an effective way to reduce anxiety for many dogs, and there are a few different options for you to consider if you decide to go down this route. One of the most popular options are devices you can plug into the wall that release calming scents, and there are also balms and sprays that you can manually use to release calming smells. It is important to find scents that are specifically tailored to dogs, though, as human scents are often too strong for dogs. Some human scents are also toxic to animals, so it is essential to make sure that you buy a dog friendly scent.

These two key tips should help you to calm down an anxious dog with separation issues. This will make it much easier for the dog to have an enjoyable time while settling into their new home with you... written by Jane Sandwood 

Rehabilitating your rescue dog. 

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