It is perfectly normal for dogs to react to having any kind of balm or product applied to them. They may run away confused, try to lick it off, or sometimes even pretend to be in pain! We can assure you that our products are 100% natural, completely safe to ingest and super soothing – they are in no way causing your dog any pain, even if they are good actors!
We recommend associating the product with something pawsitive. Do not try to forcibly restrain your dog, reprimand or yell at them…as this will just make matters worse. Instead, try coaxing them with treats, belly rubs, play time, or a yummy chew (our Gnawers make a great option!). Dogs are smart, but they can be distracted! It is important to be ready to apply once your dog’s attention is directed elsewhere. Try to be quick and nonchalant when swiping some Snout Soother across their nose.
Applying Paw Soother is a bit more involved as you need to get each paw, so using a soothing voice while trying to work in some belly rubs should help to ease your dog. Many customers get great results when they wait until just before bedtime, when their dog is relaxed and ready to sleep through the night. To keep your dog from trying to lick the balm off, try using mealtime, giving them a chew, a dab of peanut butter, or even dog socks as a deterrent!
Puppies can be especially fidgety and nervous about new, strange things. It’s important to get them adjusted to being handled and having healing balms applied so that it makes it easier throughout their life. Luckily puppies have short attention spans and are easily distracted! Try using their favorite toy or treats to keep their attention off the balm and on something they love.
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