Types Of Calming Aid
Dogs can get very stressed about a lot of things. From going outside and hearing new noises to being around other dogs and in fireworks season, it can be hard to keep them calm.
A calming collar can help them best adapt to modern life. While cheap options are just a bit of a fad or use nasty chemicals to give the calming effect, some now use only natural pheromones.
They work in a similar way to the plugins which are available to buy, but as your dog wears the collar, the pheromones follow your dog around safely so are also good for dog walks and other rooms in the house.
These can be given with a treat, such as wrapped into a bit of cheese or ham. They are often best if your dog needs continuous calming relief, as their effects are best seen over time as opposed to being a sudden or emergency fix.
These release pheromones or natural herbal remedies such as valerian into the atmosphere. They can be good if you don’t want to change your dog’s diet, or maybe if you have several pets who all need a bit of help.
Similar to the plugins, these supply more targetted relief to your dog’s immediate area. They can be good for if your dog is travelling somewhere in a crate or will be staying in their bed, without affecting the rest of the room.
Other Things To Try
Heat can often provide a calming effect, so there are heat pads and self-warming beds out there which are comforting. Many are soft and mimic the comfort of a mother dog’s coat
If you are happy to change your dog’s diet and need something permanent, calming dog food helps ease digestion, any stress-related issues such as dry skin, while still giving your dog the necessary nutrients
Said to have a positive effect on a dog’s behaviour. Classical, flute and string has been proven to have a positive effect, as has Bob Marley music. There are plenty of CD’s, radio stations and playlists out there which can help, as well as dedicated playing speakers