The holiday season is in full swing. Cards arriving in the mail, beautiful decorations adorning houses (or frightful decorations, depending on who you are…Balton has already had one unpleasant encounter with a reindeer lawn ornament who will now be avoided on his mid-day walk route), and hustling and bustling in preparation for gatherings with families and holiday parties.
As you can imagine, for sensitive dogs like Balton, this can be a rather unpleasant time of year without a little outside assistance and thoughtful management. But even for dogs like Ollie, who tend to roll with it and get excited about having guests over or going to visit his favorite humans, holiday travel has its hardships. He gets incredibly anxious on car rides, so when we are heading out for family gatherings in destinations and crossing 3 state lines to visit our families, we bear witness to a lot of panting and shaking.
I know we’re not the only ones with four-legged family members who experience seasonal stress. According to Doggone Safe, “the holidays are especially stressful for dogs due to changes in routine and the comings and going of visitors. Many dog bites happen at this time of year.” So, when Pet Naturals of Vermont reached out to me to ask if we’d be willing to review their Calming for Dogs supplements, just in time for the pending holidays, I was pretty excited.
Calming for Dogs is an all natural supplement that helps alleviate stress related behaviors, and can be used daily, or just when your pup needs a little extra help to relax. Calming for Dogs combines L-theanine with a Colostrum Calming Complex to support calming and relaxation without causing drowsiness, and includes thiamine, a B vitamin, to help support calming and cognition in anxious animals, and lecithin to support brain function and manage stress. They have formulas for small dogs, medium/large dogs, extra large dogs, and cats. We tested out the small and medium/large chews for our boys.
We’ve tried a couple other types of calming tabs before, so I was interested to see how Pet Naturals would measure up. The first awesome thing I noticed about the Pet Naturals Calming for Dogs, compared to other calming tabs, is that the Ollie and Balton were actually excited to take them. Any others we’ve tried I have had to mash up and mix in with something delicious, otherwise they would be promptly tasted and spat out. Pet Naturals, on the other hand, were sought after as much as their high value snacks when they had their first taste. Here they are doing tricks to earn one…
…and here they are chowing down on them:
Deliciousness was definitely a bonus for the boys, but what was more important was testing if Pet Naturals actually calmed the dogs as they said they would. We got to test out on Balton thanks to a visit from my mom, who helped us decorate our home. Ollie, for the record, is a big fan of his grandma, so this wasn’t so much a stress test for him.
Since Mom only has come over for short visits 4 times in the time Balton has been with us, he hasn’t completely worked up his trust in her. This makes visits incredibly hard for him, since he worries about any human coming over other than us and the dog walker (and that took lots of time). We helped manage the stress of the visit, combined with the moving about of boxes and hanging of decorations, with baby gating in the kitchen, some treats and toys, a chewie, and the extra help of a couple Calming for Dogs. The recommended dose for a Balton-sized dog is two chews, so that is what we gave him. The end result enabled him to settle on his bed while being fully aware of his weekend guest and the holiday happenings.
Since Ollie’s anxiety is typically isolated to the car, and since our next long trip isn’t planned until Christmas for real testing, I decided to take him on a car trip to try and simulate (and prepare for) the real thing. His nerves don’t take long to kick in, so we did about an hour in the car with his bed and blanket, but with a Pet Naturals Calming for Dogs about 30 minutes before the trip. Ollie fared much better on his practice car ride than he usually does. No panting, no shaking, no pacing.
All in all, Pet Naturals Calming for Dogs was loved by both my pups, and while we implemented a few additional strategies for management with helping manage stress (I’ll share a few more stress management tips in the days leading up to Christmas here and through our Facebook), but I was very pleased with the extra help that Calming for Dogs provided for my boys, and am so excited to know these will help us get through our next family road trip home to visit my folks Christmas week.
Pet Naturals also wants my readers (many of whom are experiencing extra holiday stress with their foster dogs or perma-pups) to be able to try out Calming for Dogs. So, they are generously offering a FREE TRIAL of Calming for Dogs to the first 200 blog readers who visit their special offer page (click THIS LINK to get to the page). Freebies around this time of year are an extra holiday bonus, so head on over to get your free sample and see if your dogs have as good an experience as Balton and Ollie.
After the first 200 entries, readers who visit the offer page will receive a coupon for a discount on Calming for Dogs. Having the experience to try Pet Naturals Calming for Dogs has been a great gift to my boys this holiday season. I hope you and your fur babies will get to share that gift with us thanks to the spirit of generous giving and stress reducing that Pet Naturals is paying forward!
*Ollie and Balton send their thanks to Pet Naturals of Vermont for or sending them each a bag of Calming for Dogs to review on behalf of Faith, Trust, and Foster Pups.
** While we did receive a product sample in exchange for the review, the thoughts in this post are our own.