August 26, 2021 4 min read

Is your older dog experiencing anxiety? Whether it’s separation anxiety, crate anxiety or social anxiety, it is never too late to introduce your dog to Snuggle Puppy.

What Causes Anxiety in Older Dogs?

Senior Dog

Dogs can have anxiety for a number of reasons. One reason could be nervousness when moving into a new home. If you adopt a senior dog, you must recognize that the dog may have been through a lot in its lifetime. 

Senior dogs are usually the last to get adopted with an adoption rate of 25% according to the ASPCA. Older dogs are prone to anxiety because of their age. Their bodies cannot handle activity the same way that they did when they were puppies .Like humans, dogs can experience anxiety from body aches and pains.

If you’re considering a Snuggle Puppy for your dog to calm them throughout the day, age shouldn’t stop you. Here are some tips to introduce your older dog to The Snuggle Puppy. It is never too late to snuggle on up!

How Snuggle Puppy Can Help Your Older Dog

  1. Snuggle Puppy can be introduced to your older dog during a time of grief.If you have lost a longtime furry friend or family member, Snuggle Puppy can help sooth your grieving dog. Snuggle Puppy’s Real-Feel Heartbeat and heat pack help mirror the cuddles of another dog or human.
  1. Snuggle Puppy helps with separation anxiety. Are you headed back to work? Snuggle Puppy helps ease your dog’s anxiety when your schedule changes. This includes if you head out for a vacation. If you notice behavioral changes in your older dog such as excessive chewing, destructive behavior, whining and panting, Snuggle Puppy can help!
  1. During thunderstorms and on holidays celebrated with fireworks,Snuggle Puppy can help your dog calm down and relax. There can be a few reasons why your dog has a fear of louder sounds. Certain breeds and mixes of dogs are impacted and have sensitivity to barometric pressure. According to the AKC, dogs with this sensitivity can react to loud noises before humans hear them. If your dog has a Snuggle Puppy, they are less likely to be anxious because they have something to cuddle with at their own leisure.
  1. Does your dog pace, bark, and whine during car rides?When you introduce your dog to Snuggle Puppy, your car rides may be a lot less hectic. You cannot be distracted, and your dog may not like that you aren’t always available to them when you’re driving or on the road. Watching the road and seeing other vehicles and scenery passing by can be stressful for your dog. If you give your dog a Snuggle Puppy, they are more likely to cuddle on up and stay calm during extended car rides.

  2. Did you move?A new home comes with new smells, noises and more. It takes a dog around three weeks to adjust to a new place. Snuggle Puppy can be their familiar friend that they lean on during the adjustment.
  1. If your dog was recently adopted, they may take some time to get comfortable around you and your family. Having a Snuggle Puppy waiting for them at home will give your dog a sense of comfort. You don’t know what your new dog’s background might have been before they met you, so it is important to keep them as calm as possible.

How to Introduce Snuggle Puppy to Your Adult Dog

  1.  Make sure you introduce your Snuggle Puppy to your dog when they are calm. It is important that your dog does not associate Snuggle Puppy with playtime. If your dog starts to chew on Snuggle Puppy, remove it and try again later. We recommend that you introduce your dog to Snuggle Puppy where they sleep and at bedtime.
  1.  Introduce your Snuggle Puppy to your dog with the Real-Feel Heartbeat and a new heat pack. One heat pack lasts up to 24 hours. The Real-Feel Heartbeat has two settings. You can leave the heartbeat on for 8 hours or 24-hour use. For the 8-hour mode, press the button once to turn on the heartbeat for 8 hours. For 24-hour continuous use, press and hold the button for 5 seconds.
  1.  Recognize that it might take time for your dog to get used to Snuggle Puppy.
    Cute Dog Cuddling
    If they already have a high amount of anxiety, it may take time. Snuggle Puppy has been designed to provide comfort and help to relieve anxiety for your dog. Once your pet bonds with their Snuggle Puppy, you will find they will seek them out for comfort-even at times when you’re not home. Dogs and puppies are pack animals who are instinctively drawn to their mother and others in their pack. Snuggle Puppy recreates intimacy and physical warmth with a Real-feel Heartbeat. The result is a calmer, happier pet.

Interested in learning more about Snuggle Puppy? Visit our website www.snugglepuppy.com and check out 5 ways how The Snuggle Puppy helps animals.