Dog Calming Spray That Works

July 23rd, 2021

Dogs, like humans, can get stressed. Especially now, when they haven’t been exposed to as many things as before in the last 18 months. Things like visitors, more frequent and more prolonged car journeys, other dogs, as well as being alone, and even thunderstorms.
Stressors like this can trigger behaviours like barking, urinating inside, panting, passing, chewing.

There are several ways to address stress in dogs:

Calming sprays
Calming tablets
CBD oil
Canine Flow

Let’s talk about the sprays first. There are hundreds of sprays on the market, and it’s not easy to choose. What helps one dog may not help another.

Pheromone sprays

A pheromone is a chemical that an animal produces which changes the behaviour of another animal of the same species.
Some describe pheromones as behaviour-altering agents. Pheromones, unlike most other hormones, are ectohormones. They are secreted outside the body, and they influence the behaviour of another individual (1)

Specific pheromones, called appeasing pheromones, can sometimes help relieve stressed pets. These are naturally produced by the bitch after giving birth and when she nurses her puppies. This specific dog pheromone triggers an instinctive calming response.
Pheromone calming sprays contain synthetic pheromones that are meant to mimic natural dog or cat pheromones.

Aromatherapy sprays

To understand how essential oils work in the body, we have to look at the sense of smell and olfactory system.

Dog Calming Spray That Works

The olfactory system is organized in two patches of olfactory epithelium located high up in both nasal passages.
When a dog inhales odour molecules, they dissolve in the mucous in its nose. Mucus makes the volatile molecules water-soluble and helps them on their way to the receptors.

These receptors transform the messages into nerve impulses. Then the olfactory bulb, which is a bulb of neural tissue within the dog’s brain, directs them to various areas of the brain. And also influencing the limbic systems that support a variety of functions, including emotion, behaviour, and long-term memory.

Nerve impulses travel so fast that dogs’ behaviour after inhaling calming essential oils can change in seconds.
Dogs have another pathway how to “read” the smell. One is via the nose, as described earlier, and also via the mouth. In the nasal cavity just above the roof of the mouth (the hard palate) is an organ called the Vomeronasal organ. VNO is an “alternative” smelling system in most mammals.

When you spray your dog with Calming Floral Spray, did he start “grimacing”, puffing cheeks, or licking his lips? That’s the VNO working, and your dog is trying to get more of the smell/aroma in, more molecules, therefore, more information.

We have to remember our dogs’ behaviour, and ours as well is a very complex thing. Behaviour is how an animal or person behaves in response to a particular situation or stimulus.

Calming sprays are a brilliant aid, and they can help enormously. However, it’s so important to work on a dog’s coping skills as well.

How is your dog coping with stress? And what do you do?

Jitka xx

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What People Say...

When we got home from the hospital with our new arrival it was clear that Perri, one of our miniature poodles, maternal instincts kicked in and went into overdrive. She was immediately acting like a mother separated from her pups and just wanted to care for the ‘naked puppy’. She has a history of being so motherly, even to the point that she has produced milk for puppies that aren’t hers even before she had a litter and has mothered every type of animal she could. She was panting, pacing and unable to relax for long at all. She could whine for England!

We tried other herbal remedies we had at hand for a previous anxious dog and nothing worked at all. She stopped eating and stressed herself into overheating too. Her stress was starting to impact the other dogs and she just couldn’t unwind. No matter if we worked off her energy with a walk and she wasn’t even interested in her usual mind games or call games. We also couldn’t offer long-lasting treats and chews too often as they gave her an upset stomach.

As soon as the Calming Floral Spray arrived I gave the bed a spritz and put some on her coat and the change was instant. She just got on her bed and fell asleep. She stopped panting and barely whines now, started eating again and she only does a bit of whining if the baby cries. We have now been able to positively reinforce her calm behaviour. I honestly can’t recommend this enough to people.
Natalie Griffiths