Dog seeking proprioceptive input during storm to calm

Proprioceptive input - it calms dogs too

#heavywork dog occupational therapy proprioceptive input sensory processing May 07, 2022

This is Sweetie. Like many dogs, she hates storms. She seeks out proprioceptive input (tight spaces = tight hug) to decrease her anxiety. She also wears her Thundervest which helps too. You can decrease your child's anxiety or worry by offering opportunities for deep pressure (wheelbarrow walks, tight hug, weighted blanket, jumping on a trampoline, chewing gum, etc. ). It works and their autonomic nervous system will thank you!  Proprioceptive Input isn't just for thunderstorms.  It works to calm the nervous system in all sorts of situations.  🙌

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