Most of us have seen the 2016 movie The Secret Life of Pets. If you missed it, or need a refresher, here’s the premise: the pet owner leaves for work and during the day the pets have all sorts of great adventures, returning just in time to waiting nicely at the door when the owners return home.

Unfortunately, as pet owners, we know that’s not always the reality. Dog anxiety treatment is often needed.

Some pets have extreme separation anxiety, which can be challenging for the animal and owner alike. Dox anxiety treatment is especially common. Scratching and digging near doors and windows, destructive behaviour such as chewing, barking, whining, and howling, urination or defecation… none of it is how you want your pet to behave.

But there is hope. There are methods to soothe your pet’s anxiety the natural way.

  1. Play some music. Classical music or an easy listening station can help soothe your pet.
  2. Record normal household sounds, like your voice reading a magazine, and play that for your pet. Play it when you’re at home a few times, too, so your pet doesn’t only associate it with you leaving.
  3. Leave out a worn item of clothing you wear. Your smell can bring comfort.
  4. Walk, play with, and exercise your dog before leaving.
  5. Use essential oils!

Of course, we’re big fans of the fifth option – essential oils for dogs. One of the top oils to use for dog anxiety treatment in particular is lavender essential oil. It’s great for general anxiety, sound sensitivity, and separation anxiety. It can also help with travel anxiety, for pets who don’t like going in the car. Place a drop or two on the corner of the blanket or towel your pet will be resting on.

We like Dogs Naturally Magazine’s guide on how to safely use essential oils for pets:

Essential oils can be used with the following methods:

  • Direct inhalation
  • Diffusion
  • Mist sprays
  • Topical (compress, bath, massage, and energy therapies)

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