Healthy Breeds: ThunderChews Anxiety & Calming Support for Dogs

Ark Naturals Happy Traveler Soft Chews Dog Anxiety
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Important to note, that just because your dog chews while you are gone, does not necessarily mean he has separation anxiety. Dogs also chew because they are bored, or they were allowed to form a habit of chewing from an early age.
The chews shown above are also recommended for use with hyperactive dogs, nervous dogs, and dogs going through separation anxiety.
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Relax & Calm Chews are a great way to support balanced behavior, relaxation and reduce hyperactivity in dogs and cats during stressful situations. This veterinary formulated combination of naturally relaxing ingredients including L-Tryptophan, chamomile and ginger helps to ease your pet's stress and have an overall calming effect. Relax & Calm Chews are disguised as a tasty treat, so they are easy to give your pet anytime. Relax & Calm Chews are the perfect solution for stress related to travel, separation anxiety, storms, fireworks and other loud noises. They are available in two formulas, one for cats and small dogs and one for medium to large dogs. These chews will give your anxious dog something to focus on. Naturally-shed  or a KONG with frozen peanut butter always work wonders.
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When you can't get your pet to sit through yoga classes or meditation sessions, Composure Bite-Sized Chews can help. Composure Bite-Sized Chews are veterinarian-approved and used to help calm pets that are prone to anxiety, nervousness, hyperactivity or those that tend to act out when in a stressful environment. Your pets will love the chicken liver flavor, and even those with sensitive teeth should be able to handle the soft, fish-shaped chews (for cats) or bone-shaped chews (for dogs). You can give your pet 1 chew a day for ongoing support, or you can keep them on hand and give one only as needed during stressful times. Think of Composure Bite-Sized Chews as a triple cocktail of stress management and relaxation.If your dog chews things around the house, makes messes, and maybe even chews his own paws or tail while you are gone, your dog probably has separation anxiety.The combination of the three active ingredients in Composure Bite-Sized Chews work together to help alleviate stress-related behavior problems. C3™ (Colostrum Calming Complex) is created from colostrum proteins, which have been found to support cognitive functioning and stress reduction. Colostrum Calming Complex in the chews works in tandem with L-Theanine to promote relaxation and cognition in cats and dogs. And thiamine is added to the formula to help manage stress and reduce irritability. They are recommended for cats and dogs that may have separation anxiety, that run for cover every time you have company, or become moody after being introduced to a new family member and dogs that urinate in the house or cats that urinate outside of the litter box when you go on vacation, or leave you special "gifts" if you interrupt his or her routine. It also can also work for cats and dogs that become anxious or agitated when they go on car rides.Your dog can only be punished for chewing if it is caught in the act. Even then, punishment must be humane, immediate, and effective. Punishment administered directly by the owner can lead to fear and defensive reactions in some dogs, and may serve as a form of attention and reinforcement to others (see Using Punishment Effectively and Why Punishment Should Be Avoided). A shake can, alarm (audible or ultrasonic), or even verbal reprimand is preferable to techniques that use physical contact of any type. A hand reaching for your dog should always mean affection or treats; a hand reaching to punish can have the opposite effect. Punishment of any type, when the owner is in direct sight, can deter the pet in your presence, but the pet will quickly learn that the behavior is not punished in your absence. Therefore, remote punishment (where the owner is out of sight while administering punishment) may teach the dog that the behavior itself is inappropriate. A head halter and long remote leash that is pulled each time the dog chews (see Training Products – Head Halter Training and Training Products – Head Halter Training – Synopsis), a water rifle, remote citronella collar, or one of the audible or ultrasonic alarms may be effective. However, none of these products are practical when the owner is absent or cannot supervise. Arriving home and punishing a pet for an act that is already completed will only serve to increase the pet’s anxiety.