Just as it is for humans, acupuncture can be quite helpful for dogs. It can help ease pain due to arthritis or an old injury. It can also help calm down nervous dogs so they are better able to focus and learn. Most dogs do well with acupuncture once they adapt to it, but the first appointment or two can be a little challenging. Here are some tips to help you prepare for and get through your dog's first acupuncture appointment.