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Now, this is Storm.  She is 17 years old and she hates having her picture taken by any camera, so now she is shaking a little bit. But what we want to look at is if you want to calm a dog down, then you need to do a few little things. To start with, just talk quietly to her, just stroke her gently, and then try and reassure her. Just relax as much as possible. And if you need to, you just go through, get her to lay down. You can lay down for me. Lay down. There you go. The dog is lying down. It is much better if it is going into shock or anything like that, but just carry on calming her down. As you see now, she has pretty much stopped shaking now, lying there nice and steady.

Now, in this example, she is only shaking because she just hates having her picture taken, but an example like this, just talking calmly to the dog, stroking them, will usually settle them down quite well. Maybe even in some instances, you would give them a treat, but not if there is any possible risk of any injury. So, you can see where she is now just starting to calm down nicely. Just nice, gentle talking action the whole time, stay with her and just relax her as much as you can. Try and avoid unnecessary handling, turning them over, or anything like that, because that will again just stress her a little bit more. If you do have a dog and they are stressed for any reason or worried about anything, try and always get them to move away from the stressful environment. And in this example, she just hates having her picture taken, so we are just going to go off now.

If something happens to an animal, you may want to instinctively run over and help it. The problem with this is you may put yourself in danger, you may put the pet or animal in danger. Also, you may well spook it and it may well run, causing it even more injury. General advice to approaching any animal in distress will be initially just to stop. Just take a few seconds and assess the scene, have a think about what to do, and then act. To start with, you just stop, look at the animal, see how it is, talk to it, approach very, very carefully, slowly. If it is looking a little bit agitated, try not to look straight into its eyes, look just beyond it. As you approach, just get nice and calm. Get down to its level, gently touch it, just stroke it and see how it is. If it tries to move, be careful about restraining it. It might be that say you do more damage trying to restrain it, than letting it get up. Once you are there, act. Deal with what is presented to you, but the whole time keeps an eye out for any dangers. It could be traffic. This could be people or vehicles, electricity, glass, chemicals, just to name a few. The whole time you are dealing with an accident scene, keep assessing all the time, making sure that you keep yourself safe. Also, keep the animal that has been harmed safe as well.