Emotions are contagious. Good ones and bad ones are both transmitted to your dog or puppy. Dogs and puppies read signals from our body language that either calm them or increase their stress and anxiety.
If you react with worry or fear when your dog or pup is stressed or anxious, it is likely to escalate your friend’s reaction which can lead to unwanted fearful or aggressive behavior.
When owners feel anxious or agitated, we become tense, and our bodies tighten up. We may clench our teeth and fists, speak louder, speak faster, hold our breath or our breathing becomes quick and shallow.
Here are 4 tips to help you remain calm and help both of you to regain your composure.
- Breathe – silently count to five and slowly inhale and exhale with each count.
- Relax – loosen up your arms and shoulders. Shift your weight, roll your shoulders forward and slouch a little. This body language translates to your dog or puppy that you are not worried and that everything is fine.
- Speak softly – lower your voice and talk slowly. This reassures your dog or pup that everything is okay.
- Yawn – yawns are contagious, and a big one will relax your upper body. Yawning will imply that you are calm and maybe even bored.
Remember these tips to stay calm, or at least appear calm when your dog or puppy is showing signs of stress or anxiety. A relaxed and happy owner will have a calm and happy dog.