THE NERVOUS DOG
Is your dog panicked by people? Terrified of traffic? Traumatised by thunder? Dominated by other dogs? Does your dog slink along, low to the ground, tail firmly clamped under its belly, ears flat to its head, nervously licking its lips? You have a nervous dog.
There are many different herbs that can be tried for nervous dogs and many of these are available as herbal tinctures where you buy your homoeopathic remedies. Oat tincture is calming, as are skullcap, hops, rosemary, lime blossom and passionflower. Valerian is recommended for a very sensitive dog and blue vervain for a depressed dog. As with homeopathy, try any of these for a week and change if there is no improvement.
Bach flower remedies can be useful for behavioural problems in dogs, so try Star of Bethlehem or Rescue Remedy for shock, Rock Rose is for panic, Impatiens for stress, Aspen for anxiety and Larch for lack of confidence.
It has been found that some dogs' nervousness is caused by a lack of Vitamin B so try supplementing this vitamin. Either use one of the dog vitamin products or give your dog a food that is high in the B complex vitamins like egg yolks, molasses or even seaweed.
You'll get the best results with a nervous dog if you combine one or more of these alternative therapies with giving your dog some extra training to improve the bond between you and build up the dog's confidence.
If you still need help, contact Canine Natural Cures.
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