Calming Tips for Your Dog This Fourth of July

If you’ve ever experienced anxiety, you know that feeling nervous and stressed can become overwhelming, even debilitating at times. Unfortunately, it’s not unusual for pets to also experience anxiety, especially with exposure to the loud noises from July 4th and spring/summer thunderstorms.

The causes behind the anxiety in your dog can be vast, but include past abuse, loud noises, medical problems, or other animals. To help a dog that is stressed, you must first recognize your dog’s stress signals. Each dog has his or her own “communication style,” so it’s up to us to determine what signals he or she uses to indicate anxiety.

The Barkery is here to help! We know it’s tough to manage anxiety symptoms, so we’ve put together this blog to help you manage anxiety triggers and decide what products are best for your best friend.

At-Home Tips for Calming Your Dog

Depending on what causes your dog stress, the solution can be as simple as recognizing the stressor and removing it. However, other stressors may not be as easily removed. Here are a few things you can do at-home to calm your pet:

  • Play music: playing music for your pets can sometimes easy anxiety, especially if your dog suffers from separation anxiety.
  • Physical contact: try petting your dog or sitting near him to see if his anxiety symptoms subside. Depending on your dog’s temperament, this technique may reduce his fear and stress.
  • Exercise: make sure your dog get’s plenty of exercise earlier in the day. Having a worn-out dog should help relieve the nervous tension during a storm or loud fireworks.
  • Check your own state of mind: reacting to your dog’s anxiety with nervousness can be picked up by your canine companion. Stay calm to prevent the problem from heightening further.
  • Keep your windows, curtains, and blinds closed: frightened dogs sometimes attempt to escape. You should also make sure to have up-to-date tags on your dog’s collar in case he does escape.

Naturally Calming Products

In, most cases, these at-home routines may not be enough to prevent your dog from feeling anxious. The Barkery offers several types of calming products, from treats, to oils and sprays & everything in between. Read more about these products to decide what will work best for your pet:

Quiet Moments Calming Aids – these chewables can be given to your dog to help maintain normal nervous system function in managing stress and tension. They contain melatonin, which helps promote rest and relaxation, and the unique blend of thiamine and L-Tryptophan helps reduce stress and tension. Quiet Moments also has a Calming Room Spray with simulated canine pheromones that can provide a sense of safety and well-being.

Happy Traveler Soft Chews – this all natural calming product helps relieve anxiety and nervous behavior. Formulated with the highest quality botanicals, Happy Traveler was designed by a holistic veterinarian and PhD herbal scientist to ease anxiety and motion sickness. Useful for separation anxiety, travel anxiety, to socialize a nervous or excitable pet into a new environment, during thunderstorms, fireworks, airline travel, visits to groomers, vets, and kennels. Give a few of these treats and your animal should appear calmer within 30 minutes.

Heavenly Hounds Calming Treats – Heavenly Hounds works naturally to calm dogs during storms, fireworks, and owner separation while traveling. This delicious peanut butter square will have your dog feeling better in less than 20 minutes. The combination of natural ingredients are the perfect option for promoting relaxation and eliminating fear and anxiety in dogs.

CalmCoat – This dog vest is designed to apply constant pressure on a dog’s torso, similar to a parent swaddling their infant child. This coat provides a calming effect for most dogs, including anxiety from noise, thunderstorms, separation, and fireworks. It is recommended to try hugging your dog around its midsection during a stressful time to see his or her reaction before trying this anti-anxiety coat.

Calming Essential Oil: This custom Brookside Barkery blend was specifically formulated for pets that utilize calming properties of aromatherapy. The combination of lavender, ylang ylang, and coconut oils can bring tranquility to the most stressed pet. Rub the formula in between your hands and pat your palms along your dog’s back and paw pads for a calming essential oil treatment.

Bach Flower Rescue Remedy – Dr. Bach’s most famous Flower Essence formula, Rescue Remedy, is one of the world’s best known natural stress relief remedies. This formula is made from five of the Doctor’s original 38 flower Essences: Cherry Plum, Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose, and Star of Bethlehem. This all-natural form of healing can help reduce everyday stress and is effective for both pets & humans!

CBD Products

CBD contains many therapeutic cannabinoids that can benefit your pet. Among chronic conditions, it can help with pain and inflammation, compromised immune systems, stress responses, aggression, seizures, epilepsy, cancer symptoms, digestive issues, separation anxiety, anxiety from fireworks, grooming, car rides, panic, obsessive behavior, and socializing with animals or people. Learn more about the benefits of CBD for your animals.

Pet Releaf Edibites – These healthy hemp treats come in a variety of flavors and contain naturally occurring CBD. Pet Releaf treats are organic and contain a variety of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties, substantial immune system boost, cardiovascular health, pain and anxiety relief.

Hemp Wellness Treatibles with CBD –Treatibles specializes in making hemp wellness chews for animals with superior quality ingredients, and a flavor that animal’s love. These preservative-free, gluten-free, vegan treats can be given to your pet during storms with naturally occurring CBD to help ease anxiety. They are safe for both dogs and cats!

American Shaman CBD Hemp Oils – CBD American Shaman is the highest quality help oil available, and contains high amounts of CBD. A wide variety of oils are available including oil or water soluble oil, different flavors, and an assortment of strengths. These oils can be given to your pet by mouth or added to food during stressful situations, and provide long lasting benefits.

Stop by the Barkery in Brookside or Lee’s Summit & stock up on calming products before the last minute! Our educated staff can help you decide what product will work best for your best friend.