When it comes to dog anxiety treatment, some people go right to the dog anxiety medication. Well, Shopdog is afraid of loud noises – especially thunderstorms. She also tends to be be hyper and nervous (barking, amped up) when she sees new people. But even with all of this, I’ve always been hesitant about meds for her. In the past few years, as she’s gotten older, I’ve used benadryl on the Fourth of July to keep her from being too stressed out. Still, I’m not a fan of medicating her except when I have to. That’s why I was glad to try the Canine Calm spray by Earth Heart.
Calming aromatherapy for dog can work just like aromatherapy for humans. If you’ve been a fan of ShesSmart.com for a while, you may have read that I am indeed a firm believer in the sense of smell and think that lavender aromatherapy is very helpful to ease tension and stress. Likewise, I use citrus aromatherapy in the day to be motivated.
Canine Calm comes in in a small blue spray bottle. The smell is pleasant, and actually one that smells like a Bedtime aromatherapy scent my friend used to have. I tried this scent around Shopdog, Shopcat and two of Shopdogs friends (both dogs.) Shopcat was concerned by the smell, but as a cat, generally not a fan of seeing any spray of liquid. The three dogs were all interested in the smell. When I put it down, they’d walk over to explore it.
You can spray the scent in their beds, or behind their heads. You can also put it on your hands and massage it onto them. I don’t think it works like BOOM magic, but I do think I could see a change in the dogs. Every dog is different, and every dog will likely experience a different level of effect.
I’ve tried it on Shopdog several times this morning, but it hasn’t calmed her down much. I also have noted she hates when it is sprayed on her. My tip is to spray it close to your hand, and then rub that on your dog. I’ve also tried it on Shopcat (who hopped away furiously, at being petted with a damp hand.) Whether it works for my animals or not, I’m pretty sure the calming scent works on me. And I call that a win. And, for such a low price, it’s definitely worth trying for yourself.
Buy: Canine Calm
Disclosure: The product was provided for review, but there was no monetary compensation.