Unfortunately, dogs can’t talk.
Many situations cause dog anxiety, the most common being separation anxiety.
If your dog chews things around the house, makes messes, and maybe even chews his own paws or tail while you are gone, your dog probably has separation anxiety.
Doing these destructive things is how your dog communicates that he is stressed.
Stress and anxiety can be treated with medication.
But who wants their dog to experience the side effects of a pharmaceutical?
Take a look at these natural options first.
You just might find a healthy, holistic way to calm your dog and make life a lot easier for both of you.
Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Product #1: Calming Chews
Calming chews are available at most pet stores and online.
Calming chews contain natural ingredients like l-tryptophan, l-theanine, chamomile, lavender, colostrum, and certain vitamins and minerals.
Give your dog a chew before you leave the house or before a stressful situation and your dog should experience less anxiety.
Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Product #2: Pheromone Collar
Pheromone collars contain sustained release hormones that mimic the pheromone the mother dog produces to reassure her puppies.
These collars are available online and at your local pet store.
Dogs recognize these pheromones throughout their lives, and are calmed by the scent.
The collar lasts a month and should be worn continuously.
Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Product #3: Anxiety Wrap
Anxiety wraps are available in pet stores and online under the names “Anxiety Wrap”, “Thundershirt” and “Calming Wrap”.
These wraps come in various sizes and fit snugly and apply constant pressure to your dog’s torso.
Using pressure to relieve anxiety is been used for a long time and works similarly to swaddling an infant.
Put the anxiety wrap on your dog before a stressful situation and your dog should be less stressed.
Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Product #4: Toys
Toys help relieve your dog’s anxiety by giving him something to do.
Toys also provide mental stimulation for dogs left alone for long periods of time.
Chew toys and toys where food is inserted can comfort and relieve stress.
Try giving your dog an entertaining toy before you leave the house.
Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Product #5: Sounds
Simply leaving the TV or Radio on when you leave the house can help relieve your dog’s anxiety.
Pet Acoustics Products has designed an “Ultra Calmer” that has been clinically proven to relieve dog anxiety.
The Ultra Calmer is pre-loaded with special frequency modified calming music.
Simply turn the Ultra Calmer on and place it on your dog’s collar before you leave the house.
Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Product #6: Calming Herbs
Herbs can be used to help calm dog anxiety.
Chamomile calms the nerves, reduces anxiety, and induces sleep.
Lemon Balm is a sedative herb that treats excitability and dog anxiety.
Valerian reduces over-excitability, tension and anxiety.
Skullcap relieves nervous tension and anxiety.
These herbs can be given to your dog as a tea or in capsule form.
To make a tea, add 1 tablespoon of dry herb to 1 cup of boiling water and steep for at least 15 minutes.
To make a larger quantity, use 4 tablespoons per quart of water and steep for at lest 15 minutes.
Herbal tea can be refrigerated up to 3 days.
If you are going to give your dog herb capsules, a good rule of thumb is:
- Dogs under 10 lbs – 1/8 of the adult human dose
- Dogs 10-30 lbs – 1/4 of the adult human dose
- Dogs 30-60 lbs – 1/2 of the adult human dose
- Dogs over 60 lbs – give the full adult human
Try giving your dog some herbs or herbal tea 30 minutes before you leave the house.
Good luck in calming your dog’s anxiety the natural way!