We get asked a lot of questions here at Relax My Dog, and though we love answering all of them, we get asked a lot of the same ones quite frequently. So, we’ve decided to create some handy little FAQs to answer all of the questions you’re just itching to know the answer to!
1. “Does the music really work?”
This is one of our most asked questions, and to really know the answer, all we can say is: try it!
We have a lot of feedback from our fans telling us how much it has helped their dogs, but this is probably going to be a see-for-yourself type of situation!
Or we suppose you could check out our fan submissions and watch it work here!
2. “What is this piece of music called?”
Our music doesn’t technically have names because it is all created and composed specifically for the songs you see by our very own producer, Ricardo!
3. “Why is there a really loud siren noise in the song?”
That sound is called soundsweep and is deliberately designed and put into the song to capture and then hold your dogs attention so that the music can have a better effect!
4. “How can I stop my dog from fretting and being anxious in the car?”
Car sickness and anxiety are really common for dogs but fear not, there are ways to overcome it!
First of all you’ll want to familiarise your dog with the car.
Starting off by dumping your dog in the back seat and going on a three hour road trip is the worst place to start.
Start by sitting with your dog in the car for a few moments while it’s stationary and let them sniff around and get used to their surroundings.
Gradually increase the time you spend doing this until your dog seems more comfortable. Have them do regular things in the car — eating, playing, relaxing.
When your dog is familiarised with the car, you can begin to make short trips, maybe around the block, with someone sat with them throughout. Once again, you can gradually increase the duration of the trips.
Some pro tips: keep plenty of water in the car, and even more for hot days.
Keep some toys that your dog enjoys in the car for journeys, you could even pop a piece of clothing they like in there so they have things to comfort them.
Take a bag of treats and snacks so your dog has some snacks and also so you can reward good behaviour!
5. “My dog wakes up really early and won’t go back to sleep, what can I do?”
The best thing? Tough it out.
Your dog wants your attention and if you keep getting up, you’re rewarding the effort they are making.
Make sure they have water, food, somewhere to go toilet, and some toys in case they are bored, then ignore them.
They’ll soon realise that you aren’t giving in to them and eventually they’ll give it up.
6. “My dog whines when I’m out of the room/Won’t stop licking me/barking when I return, how can I stop this?”
These are all very clear signs of separation anxiety.
Separation anxiety stems from being a puppy and that is when we need to start training them!
When your dog is a puppy, they whine for everything — food, water, toilet, attention… This allows their mother to understand their needs.
But the second we start giving in to their every whine, they are learning that they can just get what they want whenever, and this begins to create a negaive codependency.
Learning to ignore your puppy when they are just whining will set them up to understand they don’t need you to give them constant attention.
When your dog is older, training is definitely key to overcoming separation anxiety.
Invest in some gates and pop them up around the house. This allows you to leave the room without having to close a door and your dog can still see, smell and hear you.
Begin to leave them for short periods of time alone behind the gate with a chew, toy or kong with a treat in it. This will distract your dog as they will have something to do and won’t be pining for you.
Gradually increase the amount of time you leave the dog until you can leave the house for prolonged periods of time — make sure they have plenty of food, water and toys to keep them occupied.
When you arrive back home, don’t immediately make a fuss of your dog; ignore them and give them time to calm down and for you to settle down and then greet them calmly, this will show the dog that you leaving is not that big of a deal!