The Barking Lot
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A recent study found that over 70% of companion dogs suffer from anxiety, which means that over 62 million American dogs need some help! Luckily, we’ve got a great solution for anxious, nervous, and hyperactive pups, packed with all natural ingredients to support calm and relaxation.
Who needs Calming Supplements?
[ *VOLUME WARNING* for you and this dog’s neighbors! ]
If the video above looks familiar, the answer is probably your dog! These soft chews are suitable for dogs of all ages and breeds, and with their delicious peanut butter and bacon flavor, your dog will see them as a calming treat. They can be given daily to calm many types of dog anxiety and hyperactivity, or shortly before stressful situations to take the edge off. If you and your dog are dealing with any of the following, these supplements were made for you:
If you have ever come home to a path of destruction with your dog at the end, they may have separation anxiety. This is a particularly frustrating type of anxiety, as dogs can be destructive to both themselves and their owners’ belongings, and it takes time and patience to teach your dog that yes, you will return to them at the end of the day.
Dogs often experience separation anxiety when faced with a change in schedule or environment—like you going back to the office after working from home for months. A Calming Supplement can help your dog settle quietly in their crate or safe space as you work on counterconditioning them to see alone time as a positive experience.
Road trips and travel
Road trips are a lot of fun—unless you have a dog screaming and pacing in the backseat! Many dogs experience motion sickness while riding in a car, and even more can be overwhelmed by the overstimulation of the surrounding world whipping past. Staying in an unfamiliar place like a hotel or relative’s home can also be distressing to a dog who is used to the smells and routine of home.
To help relieve nausea related to motion sickness, Calming Supplements include chamomile, an herb which helps to soothe gastrointestinal issues and has natural calming properties to encourage restful napping while on the road.
Too many zoomies? The best solution for a wild pup is simple: more exercise! But on the days you don’t have time to play fetch for an hour in the morning, or go for a 4-mile hike, or when it’s been raining for a week, you might need a little extra help.
Settle your dog in a cozy spot with a nice, long-lasting chew and a dose of Calming Supplement to encourage quiet, restful behavior. You can even work this into your dog’s routine to encourage them to slow down and relax once in a while.
Some lucky dogs enjoy seeing their friends at the vet’s office, but for many, vet visits can be a very scary experience! White coats, weird smells, gloved hands, and needles even make people nervous, so it’s no wonder that many dogs get a bit spooked. If your dog is not a fan of the vet, give them a dose of Calming Supplement 30 minutes to an hour before you head to your appointment—your dog and vet will thank you!
Sometimes called leash aggression, reactivity is when a dog consistently overreacts to specific triggers in their environment by barking, lunging, or snarling at the end of the leash. This behavior can look scary, but it is really the dog’s way of trying to look scary so that whatever trigger they see at the moment (another dog, a skateboard, a man wearing a hat, etc.) doesn’t come too close for comfort.
Many dogs and their owners deal with this frustrating issue on a daily basis, making it stressful to even go for a walk around the neighborhood. Training can resolve reactivity with time, but a dog cannot learn when their brain is in fight-or-flight mode. Combining persistent training with a calming aid can help take the edge off so that your dog can learn that the world is not so scary, after all!
Fireworks, thunderstorms, and other scary loud noises
Did you know that more dogs go missing on the Fourth of July than any other day in America? Combine ultra-sensitive hearing with inexplicable explosions in the sky and it’s no wonder so many pups want to escape or hide at all costs from those big, scary sounds.
If your dog heads for a hidey hole at the first rumble of thunder, or whines and paces when the neighbors get overzealous with their home fireworks displays, try a dose of Calming Supplement to help them settle!
How do these Calming Supplements for Dogs work?
Our custom blend of natural ingredients combine in these calming chews to create an overall feeling of peace and relaxation in your dog. Unlike some prescription medications, our supplements do not tranquilize your dog, but rather help provide a calming effect for any anxious dog.
Each active ingredient has been chosen for its unique, natural calming properties:
- Organic hemp flour — Made from hemp seeds, this flour does not contain CBD or THC, but the amino acids, magnesium, and iron found in hemp seeds are all used to fight stress and reduce anxiety.
- Chamomile — Chamomile is a common, widely-used herb with natural calming properties, as well as compounds which soothe gastrointestinal upset, a frequent symptom of anxiety.
- Valerian root — The mildly sedative qualities of this herb help to foster a feeling of calm in your dog.
- Passionflower — This climbing vine native to the Americas has been used for centuries to alleviate anxiety and is recommended for dogs with travel anxiety.
- L-tryptophan — This essential amino acid helps boost mood, and has been proven to reduce stress and aggression in dogs in stressful situations.
- Melatonin — Melatonin is a hormone that dogs’ bodies produce naturally to relax the body and promote deep sleep.
Real Results with Calming Supplement
Remember the anxious, barky boi from the beginning of this post? Here’s his “after” video, and a testimonial from his owner:
My rescue dog has severe separation anxiety, exaggerated by the fact that I haven’t left his side for 18 months in the pandemic. We give him the calming supplements daily and he’s been much calmer when he’s left alone and even does better at the vet and when we have people over. I appreciate that it doesn’t make him seem like an entirely different dog like some of the meds we’ve gotten from the vet. He still seems like himself, just more relaxed! — Casey and her pit bull, Calvin