An excellent knowledgalbe hub on reducing stress in dogs, especially for dog owners. Well done. Enjoy.
In future studies, the effects of dogs on intrusions after a “traumatic” film clip should be assessed. The trauma-film-paradigm is known to reliably induce intrusive memories in healthy participants (). Due to the exploratory character of our study, we decided not to measure intrusive reexperiencing after the trauma film. However, it is very interesting and highly relevant to analyze, whether the presence of a dog during the trauma film also reduces intrusion frequency as a response to the traumatic film. It would also be interesting to investigate the effects of dogs on recovery after the traumatic film clip, e.g., presence a dog in the recovery phase after the traumatic film clip, because there is evidence that dogs lead to a faster recovery from stress and anxiety symptoms. This would also be a preliminary hint for the employment of dog assisted interventions as emergency aid directly after traumatic events.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a severe psychological disorder. Service dogs have been proposed as a promising treatment adjunct for PTSD patients (). In our study we showed that dogs reduced subjective stress and anxiety in a “traumatic” situation. The effects of dogs were comparable to those of social support by a friendly person. It is important to note that social support is an important factor in buffering PTSD-symptoms (). However, one symptom of PTSD is that patients feel detached from others and emotionally numb (). Thus, PTSD patients are often not able to get social support from other people. Anecdotal evidence suggests that PTSD patients often find it easier to establish good relationships with animals and as our data suggest these may have similar stress buffering effects in situations that remind the patients of the traumatic event. In summary, the current investigation demonstrates that dogs do not only lead to a stress reduction during cognitive and performance stressors, but also during “traumatic” stress situations, thereby providing preliminary support for the idea that service dogs may serve as a useful treatment adjunct in PTSD patients by reducing anxiety and stress, when patients are confronted with a reminder of the traumatic event.
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There are many concoctions of natural ingredients shown to reduce stress in dogs. These can come in pill form or liquid form, which can beplaced on your dog's collar, squeezed directly on his tongue or droppedin his water bowl.The effectiveness of wraps in reducing stress was discovered when dogs who were afraid of thunderstorms were more calm when wrapped tightly in human shirts. Now, there are many commercial wraps available,such as comfort vests, which advertise reducing your dog's anxiety in stressful situations.The behavioural effects of dog appeasing pheromone (DAP) continuously administered over a 7-day period, were evaluated in adult dogs housed in a public animal shelter. Barking amplitude (dB) and the frequency of discrete behavioural responses to two temperament tests associated with fear, separation and excitable behaviour (Arrowsmith, unpublished data) were recorded in 37 treatment and 17 control dogs. Mean barking amplitude (Leq) and barking frequency were significantly reduced in dogs subject to DAP exposure for 7 days (P 0.001, Lpeak) were not significantly altered. There was also some reduction in the barking amplitude of dogs during the 1 min recovery period, following a distraction. Following 7 days of DAP exposure, there were significant differences in resting (P = 0.03), barking (P 0.04) and sniffing frequency (P = 0.01) in response to a friendly stranger. There were no highly significant differences in response to a neutral stranger. The preliminary tests indicate that DAP is a useful palliative tool for reducing some behavioural indicators of stress in dogs. Further tests are necessary to investigate the use of DAP in canine stress reduction in conjunction with traditional behavioural therapy programmes.When stress affects man's best friend a variety of physical changes will take place. Recognizing the cue signs of stress is very important for dog owners so they can intervene and take action in order to reduce such state of mind. Dogs can get stressed for a variety of reasons, the most common being moving to a new home, going to the vet, meeting new people and other dogs, being left alone, fearing thunder or loud noises, and so forth.