A study recently published in Scientific Reports, has found that many of our dogs feel anxious around strange noises, when in vehicles and when around other dogs and people.

So what can we do to help our beloved pets?

Here is Nottingham’s Enterprise Trainer Rachel’s thoughts:

We do see nervous dogs coming through our doors. Jerry Green’s ethos is no longer just about rescue and rehome. These days, we rescue, rehabilitate and then rehome. Our amazing Centre Trainers and Dog Welfare Assistants work incredibly hard to help our dogs feel more confident about the world around them.

There are lots of things that can help a dog who feels unsure. Learning to read your dog’s subtle body language signals can help you recognise potential problems early on, before fears or unwanted behaviour develop.

The study also notes that regular training and enrichment can ‘interact with genetic predispositions’ and help stop anxiety developing, whilst intervening early on when there is a problem is really helpful. Likewise, giving our pet dogs suitable outlets for their natural instincts and activities to do is so important. They live in our very strange, human world which is easy to forget sometimes. We need to teach them how to do that.

If you’re thinking of getting a puppy and think you may need some help settling them, please feel free to give us a call so we can advise you on things to consider when choosing your new friend.

For more information about our rescue and our training services, please get in touch with myself or one of the other trainers below:

If you would like to read the full study, you can do so here.