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Keep Calm and Treat On! – Treat Mats for Your Dog’s Anxiety

Have you seen these crazy treat mats? They are rubber mats covered in nubblies or ridged designs. They are meant for you to put small treats on that get caught in the ridges or between the nubs. A treat favorite is to wipe peanut butter on the mat and then your dog has to lick the peanut butter off the matt. Outside of the fact that these mats are a cool way to keep your pup entertained, they also seem to help quell some anxiety. But how do you know if your dog is anxious? You can look for signs of anxiety and you can talk to your local Albuquerque veterinarian as well.

Signs of anxiety

How do you know if your dog is having anxiety? Here are some signs to look for.

  • Pacing back and forth
  • Excessive licking of their person
  • Destroying shoes, furniture, or clothing
  • Depression
  • Barking at everything

Keep It Calm

There are a lot of ways you can help quell anxiety. The treat mats are becoming a popular way to sooth an anxious pet as well as give them a treat. You can put peanut butter or canned pumpkin, or pretty much anything that will smoosh down onto the mat. The mat is also easy to clean, which is a bonus. Plus, if you do a good job smooshing it on the mat, your pooch will be busy for a while as they try to clean up their treat. Here are some other ways to help your anxious pet:

  • Rescue remedy
  • Toys
  • Crate training
  • Lavender oil on their collar or bedding
  • Treat mats
  • Exercise

If home remedies are not working, we do suggest you speak to your vet. Being anxious can be very difficult on you and your dog and is not an issue that should be ignored.