If your dog is a Nervous Nelly, you’ve probably tried everything under the sun to help calm him down. Next time he stresses out, whip up a calming spray for your pooch. A few drops of oil and a little water will help him relax before your eyes.
Pour 4 ounces of distilled water into a small spray bottle. Look for a bottle with an adjustable nozzle that sprays in either a stream or fine mist. If the spray bottle previously held another type of liquid, wash it with soap and hot water. Do not use a bottle that previously held cleaning chemicals.
Add 6 drops of lavender oil, 4 drops chamomile oil and 4 drops sweet marjoram oil to the bottle and shake vigorously to combine. Each of these oils has calming properties to relax your nervous pooch, and when combined act as a super powerful potion to knock out nervousness.
Spray the oil mixture over the dog’s bed or favorite blanket and encourage him to lie down. He may sniff or roll on the strange new scent, but this will help him unwind and relax.
Mist a little of the calming spray around the house if you have company, or if there is a loud storm going on outside. Unfamiliar faces and loud noises often trigger nervous behavior, and the spray will prevent a full-blown panic attack.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.
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- Water and oil separate while standing, so shake the bottle well before using the spray.
Louise Lawson has been a published author and editor for more than 10 years. Lawson specializes in pet and food-related articles, utilizing her 15 years as a sous chef and as a dog breeder, handler and trainer to produce pieces for online and print publications.