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Canine Natural Remedies For Anxiety

It is quite common for dogs to suffer from separation anxiety. Dogs afflicted with this stress disorder panic when they think that they have been left alone. This fear causes anxiety which can lead to undesirable behaviors such as chewing, scratching, howling and potty accidents in the house.

When we adopt a dog from a shelter, as my family and I do when we are looking for a pet, some dogs may harbor baggage from an abusive past. It is impossible to know how a dog has been treated. Bad treatment, even cruelty can lead a dog to have anxiety and stress. The best way to deal with these disorders is by teaching behavior modification techniques.

Sometimes local shelters will offer obedience training lessons. There are also experienced trainers available who you can find online or via a recommendation. The right professional can help you to build the bond between man and best friend by teaching you and your dog techniques designed to deal with bad behaviors.

However, while you are in the midst of training and things are not quite at the level of calm that is the ultimate goal, there are some natural anxiety remedies for canines that can be of great help in making the situation more livable.

These anxiety natural remedies might help to fill the gap while you are undergoing behavior modification training with your dog.

Bach Flower Essences – extracted from the Bach flower, these oils work naturally to help reduce stress. You can find the essence in cream or oral supplement form. If you have difficulty administering an oral supplement to your dog, the cream version may be more practical.

Pheromones – this hormone, which induces attraction in humans, is released from the mother at dog birth. It relaxes dogs and induces calm. A plug-in diffuser is available that was developed by veterinarians especially for dogs. It is simple to use. The plug-in diffuses the pheromones associated with territorial and primal instincts. These are pheromones that are very familiar to dogs. As an anxiety natural remedy they are quite effective.

Homeopathic formulas – formulations are available in pet and health food stores. There are many options to choose from. Some are more effective than others. Always be certain that what you are buying is pure and natural and does not contain any substance that may be harmful to your dog. Read all product labels carefully. You may be able to get recommendations for over-the-counter homeopathic remedies from your behavior modification coach.

German Chamomile Essence – you can make this herbal combination right at home. It is an effective natural herbal sedative for your canine friend. The herbs required to make this formula are readily found in health food stores.

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon of German chamomile, 1 teaspoon of catnip, 1 teaspoon of skullcap, 2 tablespoons of honey, ½ cup of water

Heat water to a simmer. Remove the water from the stove and add the herbs into the pot. Cover the pot and let the mixture steep for 5-10 minutes. Once they have steeped, strain out the herbs squeezing the juice out of them before discarding. Mix in the honey until dissolved. Let formula cool then move to an airtight container to store.

This formula will keep for about two weeks when refrigerated. Unrefrigerated discard after one day. Allow your dog to lick the formula off of a spoon. Offer him 2-3 spoonfuls. Typically, the taste of the honey will attract the dog. However, if he will not take the formula, use a squeeze syringe and administer to the back of the dogs throat.

Signs of relaxation should be visible within 30 minutes. Use as needed.

Many dogs have been abandoned due to problems with separation anxiety and the destructive behaviors they exhibit as a result. Sometimes, good intentioned dog owners just do not know how to handle the situation and for lack of knowledge give up on their dogs. This should be a last resort.

Help is available and should be considered. Behavior modification and anxiety natural remedies can provide the help you need to make the situation work for all involved. It is an inherent quality of dogs to want to please you and obey. Sometimes he just needs the understanding from you to get there. Building that relationship and bond between man and dog can sometimes be a challenge. But once it is there, your dog will be a loyal and loving member of your family.

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