Wow, great article. I know this was more geared towards people, but the whole idea of being a calming presence around someone with anxiety is totally applicable to anxious dogs. My dog basically has an anxiety attack every time another dog comes within 50 feet of him, which sends me into anxiety, which then in turn makes him more anxious.

I kind of figured that I was probably making things worse by becoming anxious during these situations and by trying to make him calm down, but you’ve reminded me that if I can maintain a more calm presence and don’t try to force him to be calm, then it will help those around me who are anxious (humans, dogs, or otherwise).

I implode daily but writing saves me

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