Is your dog scared of fireworks, thunderstorms and loud noises in general? Shivers and shakes, likes to hide somewhere if possible, desperately tries to escape and if you’re unfortunate to be out on a walk when a firework goes off, your dog may well flee into the night in fear?
Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety when left home alone and perhaps either howl or bark in distress and so disturb the neighbours, or else they’re chewing your home and possessions and so upsetting you?
Is your dog hyperactive – always on the go, hardly ever seems to need sleep even though you give them plenty of exercise?
Is your dog stressed in the car, perhaps drooling or actually being sick, whining and even soiling themselves in the car?
Is your dog very nervous of strangers and/or other dogs and/or strange places?
All of the dogs in these situations are said to need calming down so let’s go through what we can do to help them.
Noise sensitivity is a huge problem for many dogs and their owners with often the worst time of year being around Bonfire Night, Halloween, Diwali and New Year although these days fireworks seem to be let off at any time of year. At Canine Natural Cures we find that the best way to deal with the firework season is to give your dog a natural calmer from mid-October to mid-November. We recommend either our homeopathic Noise Remedy or Quiet Moments Calming Chews so your dog is better able to cope with perhaps a top up of herbal Calm Xtra when it’s exceptionally noisy. The advantage of these natural calmers is they won’t leave your dog in a zombie like state as the stronger, veterinary prescribed solutions often do but they do help your dog to cope with their extreme stress.
Separation anxiety can begin in puppyhood and although many dogs outgrow it, some don’t and can continue the barking or chewing well into old age. It is recommended to make sure you leave a pup home alone for short periods of time with a bone or toy to keep them occupied so they get used to the idea. It can also be helpful to give them a walk before leaving them so that they should be tired and to leave the radio on for company. However this approach doesn’t work for every dog and if you have a dog who is clearly suffering when you go out you should try Quiet Moments Calming Chews and also our homeopathic No Bark or No Chew.
The hyperactive dog needs calming down but in a different way. Look carefully at diet as words on a pack of food or treats like sugar, colourings or EU permitted additives or colourings may mean there is something in the food that is contributing to your dog’s hyperactivity. In just the same way that children can become hyper from eating certain sweets so can your dog! Our herbal Calm Xtra can also help or if you prefer a homeopathic solution Unwind to give you a calmer, more manageable dog.
Dogs that are anxious and stressed in the car are often helped by our homeopathic Poor Traveller, or our herbal Travel and also Quiet Moments Calming Chews. If your dog is stressed from the moment they get into the car, try sitting in a stationary car and playing with them or even feeding them in the car. Make all your journeys very short and end in a pleasant experience, like going for a walk or visiting a friend. Dogs that suffer from travel sickness sometimes do best in the front passenger foot well where you can use your lead to tie them so they can’t jump on to the seat - that’s not legal these days.
Dogs that are nervous of people, dogs and/or new places also need calming down but some will simply need their confidence boosting – our homeopathic Sanper 1 will help with that – others are nervous because something scary has happened to them in the past – homeopathic Sanper 2 should help. Dogs that are scared of other dogs but also appear to be aggressive, barking and lunging at the end of the lead when they see another dog, should be tried on our homeopathic Nonaggress Plus. All of the dogs in this category will benefit from training and socialisation so it may be a good idea to seek help from a local dog training club or behaviourist.
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