Every week we are asked for help and products that ease a dog's fears and anxieties. These may be fears of noises, people, dogs, car rides, being left alone or any number of situations. In helping your dog overcome these fears, we would always encourage you to work with your veterinarian to make sure there are no medical concerns or a behaviorist who can help you develop a plan including exercise, nutrition, and training. Bark N' Scratch Outpost is here to help you choose the appropriate nutrition and products to help you and your dog live a happy and stress free life! Below is a brief explanation of types of products and how they work.
Exercise, Toys and Training
The saying, "A tired dog is a good dog." is a great place to start. Physical and mental exercise helps reduce stress and anxiety in dogs as well as people. We carry puzzle toys from Nina Ottosson, Premier/Pet Safe, Canine Ware and others that will keep your dog busy figuring out how to get the tasty treats inside. We also carry treat pouches and clickers to aid in training tricks, tasks and appropriate behaviors.
Music and Sound Desensitizing
We carry a variety of CD's including those from Through A Dog's Ear which have been studied, arranged and played to calm the canine nervous system. We have great feedback that they work well! Another CD is available for those who need to work with their dog to overcome fear of loud noises.
Wraps such as The Thundershirt, work by applying pressure to points on the dog's body helping to calm the dog much like swaddling a baby. It is a snug fitting and breathable coat.
Flower essences are a very gentle yet effective way to ease stress and balance the mind and body. We carry Bach Rescue Remedy for Pets and the original formula. This liquid is given by adding a few drops to drinking water or by dropping on food or treats.
Western herbs include Chamomile, Valerian, St. John's Wort and others known for stress relief. These products come in a capsule, liquid or chewable treat form. Some formulas may also contain ginger which may help with car sickness in addition to the stress of a car ride.
Traditional Chinese Medicine aims to rebalance the flow of energy in the body to maintain and balance behavior. We carry Herbsmith Calm Shen in both powder and tablet forms.
Aromatherapy with AnimalEO works well for dogs as well as people! These therapeutic grade oils may be diffused or applied to the dog using very small amounts. Our staff can help you with any questions you may have. We often diffuse oils in our store. A good introduction to using essential oils with your dog can be found in the newsletter articles at Oily Vet.
Mother dogs secrete a pheromone called Dog Appeasing Pheromone. This tells her pups they are safe and secure. Products such as Comfort Zone come in a spray useful for bedding, car or the space your dog frequents. There is also a refillable plug-in diffuser for your home.