Learning About Rodent Pets

3 Natural Ways To Help Your Dog Deal With Stress

by Neil Turner

Just like humans, dogs feel stress as well. Going through stressful situations, like moving to a new home or getting a new addition to the family, can leave your dog feeling stressed out. Being stressed out is not an ideal condition for your dog. Here are three natural methods you can use to soothe your stressed out dog and help them make it through tough situations.

#1 Shen Calmer

A shen calmer is based on traditional Chinese medicine. Within traditional Chinese medicine, the spirit is referred to as the shen. When a person experiences stress or anxiety, it is thought to be associated with a disorder within their shen. Among holistic veterinarians, their is a belief that dogs also have shen, or spirits. When a dog is feeling stressed out, there shen is out of balance. 

Holistic veterinarians who subscribe to Chinese medicine use shen calmers to help restore animal's shen. A shen calmer is a blend of Chinese herbs; these herbs are used to correct the imbalance within your dog's shen that is contributing to their anxiety. 

A shen calmer can help your dog get through a stressful time or it can be used to help modify your dog's behavior if they always seem anxious and restless. You can get a shen calmer from your local holistic veterinarian or order it online. 

#2 Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender seems to have a calming effect on dogs. When dogs smell lavender, it helps them calm down. You'll notice that your dog stops whining and pacing, and is more restful when exposed to lavender essential oils.

All you need to do is put a couple of drops of lavender essential oil on a rag for your dog to smell. A little whiff is all your dog needs to calm down. You can also use lavender essential oils in your oil diffuser to calm your dog down. 

#3 Pheromones

Pheromones are often referred to as the love chemical. Animals release specific chemicals, known as pheromones, in order to attract mates. In addition to attracting mates, pheromones can actually calm your dog down and help them relax.

You can find a wide variety of products that contains dog pheromones at your local pet store. There are collars that are sprayed with pheromones to help calm your dog down. You can also find sprays or air-freshener style plug-ins that can emit pheromones around your living area for your dog. 

When your dog is feeling stressed out and is acting out, try one of the three natural methods above to help your dog calm down. Be sure to discuss these methods with your dogs holistic veterinarian before you implement them.  Contact a business, such as the Spring Hill Veterinary Clinic, for more information.