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What are dog calming products?
Calming Dog Powder
One example of a dog calming product is either calming dog food that comes in big bags and you can buy from supermarkets, or dog calming powder such as the one we sell pictured to the left.
Just how you would sprinkle super nutrients on your own cereal, oats or muesli, the way you use our powder is to sprinkle CALM. over your dog's food once a day. The amount varies depending on your dog size, from one scoop to four scoops once a day.
It is designed for daily use and contains natural ingredients such as Passion Flower, Lemon Balm and essential aminoacids that can help ensue a sense of calmness in your dog.
Did you know?
Dogs are incredibly in tune with human emotions and they mimic their owner's emotional states in a process called "emotional contagion". This is believed to be a primary building block of empathy in dogs specifically.
Emotional contagion is a trait that dogs only share with humans and a few other animals. According to a study published in 'Nature's Scientific Reports' in 2020, dogs living with more anxious and neurotic individuals are likely to exhibit similar behavioral traits. This is why we often see our own anxiety and stress also reflected in our dog's behaviour.
It is therefore vital to not only manage our pets' stress but our own as well, highlighting the interconnected emotional wellbeing of pets and their owners.
How Can I Calm My Dog's Anxiety Fast?
Calming an anxious or hyperactive dog is not an easy task. The difficulty also varies by breed as some breeds, for example toy poodles, are by default more anxious and get more easily stressed than others. However, no breed is immune.
In addition to dog calming treats or dog calming supplements, you can try other environmental changes. If you want to try something in a tablet form, you can try these dog calming tablets which are all natural. There are now specific playlists on websites like Youtube or Spotify, dedicated to relaxing music for dogs.
There are also various options for a dog calming plug in infuser and a so called dog calming collar. This essentially uses chemically synthesised pheromones so it may not be the right choice for everyone if you want to focus on natural remedies. With the exception of this plug in infuser, these are the typical natural calm remedies for dogs.
Dog Calming Tablets
Dog Calming Tablets that are natural are a safe and effective way to help your furry friend relax during stressful situations. Common formulations include the addition of lavender, passion flower, chamomile or even herbs like ashwagandha or valerian.
Due to their careful formulations, the aim here is to create a soothing sensation, without drowsiness or sedation.
Whether your dog experiences stress during thunderstorms, car rides, or from separation anxiety, our calming tablets are designed to make these experiences more manageable.
They can be easily taken when and if required and do not necessarily require daily administration.
Other dog calming tactics include providing plenty of exercise and mental stimulation for your dog. If you think your dog is stressed you can also try using calming signals like yawning, slow blinking, and sitting down to communicate your relaxed state to your pet.
As mentioned above, your own anxiety can be transmitted to your dog’s so make sure you look after yourself as well. By practicing regular meditation and mindfulness, you may find an improvement in your dog’s own anxiety as well.
A Calming Dog Bed
A calming dog bed can offer a safe, snug space for your pet to unwind.
Make sure you do get a high quality bed though, as the cheaper ones can easily come apart and release the synthetic filling inside the room. This can be harmful if your dog ingests it.
There are various options to choose from either on Amazon or via stores such as Pets at Home. If you are unsure which dog bed is best for you, then you can always check with your vet for recommendations.
Dog Anxiety Medication
For extreme cases where other measures haven't worked, a vet may prescribe dog anxiety medication medication for your pooch if they think it's in their best interest to help manage their anxiety.
Remember to always consult with a professional vet before starting any prescription medication and to not just try leftover medication from another dog or from a friend. Doing so may lead to long term harm in your pet’s health.
How do you know if a dog has anxiety?
Dogs may express anxiety through various behaviors, which may differ depending on the breed of dog.
In general however, common signs of separation anxiety or anxiety in general can include excessive barking, howling, increased aggressiveness or restlessness or destructive behaviors like chewing or digging.
The latter may indicate that he or she is trying to escape. These are all common in dogs developing separation anxiety after being left alone.
Just as in humans, repetitive or compulsory behaviours may be a sign of stress and anxiety.
Another psychoshomatic symptom may be an increased frequency of urination, defecation either outside or in the house. in a potty trained dog, or changes in appetite.
Physical signs can include excessive panting, drooling, or pacing.
In some cases, dogs may exhibit signs of depression, lethargy, or lack of interest in activities they previously enjoyed such as fetching a ball or wanting to go out on a walk.
Dog Calming Treats
Dog calming treats such as this one are another example of a natural dog calm product. The active ingredients here are chamommile and lavender extract and we would usually advise to give a few of these a day.
The recommended dosage again depends on the dog size.
These have a chicken flavour so you can be certain that your dog will enjoy the taste of them.
They are designed for daily use and you can normally use these dog calming treats in conjunction with any other dog food.
If you have any queries you can either get in touch with us for more product specific info or with your local vet.
There are plenty of dog calming solutions available nowadays to eager pet owners. The difficulty is choosing one that works and that is not harmful for your beloved dog in the long term.
Different methods and treats or supplements will work best for genes dogs. Their breed, genetics and conditioning will play a major part in this, but we all have to start from somewhere, don't we?