Many of my clients have asked me what else can be done to help their anxious dogs calm down. For some dogs that genuinely have separation anxiety, I recommend calming treats. These treats have herbals and vitamins that help dogs get out of a sympathetic state (fight or flight mode, adrenaline). When in a parasympathetic state (calm, relaxed, logical), dogs can learn faster. I go in depth with this in my upcoming webinars, which you can sign up for from the homepage of this site. For the purposes of this post, I am only going to talk about which treats I have experience with and find effective.
Premium Care Calming Chews for Dogs are very effective at helping dogs achieve a calm state. (Of course, there are many techniques I use to calm a dog, but we're just focusing on treats for now.)
I currently have the above treats for my dog, though he doesn't need them so much anymore. I highly recommend calming treats for initially working to solve behavior problems such as separation anxiety, because as I mentioned, dogs learn their best when they are in a relaxed state (and so do we!).
When my dog was young, he had severe separation anxiety. At the time, I used these treats, which worked very well in calming him down.
Whichever treat you choose, I recommend that you spread out the serving throughout the day. The serving size for these treats is based on your dog's body weight, so read the label carefully to determine how many treats your dog needs in order for them to be effective. Some of my clients have fed the treats all at once and did not see as great of results as they spread them out throughout the day. The reason for this is that the calming dose is more even through the day, causing a constant relaxed state. If your dog is small and only requires one treat per day, you can break it in half and feed one in the morning, and one in the evening.
I hope you found this post helpful!
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~ Heather Smith, ABCDT
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