There are few things are more irritating than a hyperactive dog. Puppies and young adult dogs are known for having too much energy. Some breeds are also known to be more high strung than others. This homemade calming spray for dogs is safe to use around any dog, and may be an effective treatment for your hyper pup.
From hyperactivity to stress and anxiety, the need to calm a dog is a common problem that virtually all dog owners will face at some point in time. Dogs that are hyper and/or anxious are easily stimulated and stay stimulated even after the excitement has passed.
There are multiple types of anxiety in dogs. For most treatments, you need to know what is causing the dog to act anxious or hyper. Over the years, I've found that the natural homemade remedy I'm sharing today works to calm dogs in a variety of situations.
You may need to calm your dog down before going on a car ride or to the vet. You may also want to calm Fido down when you're expecting guests. Whatever the reason, this homemade calming spay for dogs may be just what you need. It's all-natural, and it smells great, so you can spray it in your car, around your home or on your dog's bedding.
How to Make Homemade Calming Spray for Dogs
This is a really quick and simple recipe that will be well worth your time, especially if you prefer to avoid chemical anxiety aids. I keep this spray on hand at all times. It's great for stressful times or days that our dogs just seem to be a little extra rowdy.
Before you get to the recipe, there are a few things you need to know:
1. Buy High Quality Oils
You need to be sure to buy high quality oils. Cheaper oils are not as powerful, and will not have the same effect on you or your pet. As the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for”. This is especially true when it comes to essential oils.
Typically, cheaper oils have been diluted or altered. This means they are not pure essential oil directly from the plant. These oils will not be as effective, and they could also be dangerous to you and your pet.
2. Be Very Careful If You Have Cats
Cats do not metabolize things the same way as humans or dogs. A cats liver is different than ours. For this reason, their bodies cannot metabolize (or break down) certain compounds – this includes some essential oils.
If you have a multi-pet family that includes dogs and cats, be sure to do diligent research before using essential oils in your home.
3. Do NOT Apply Essential Oils Directly to Your Dog's Skin or Coat
Essential oils that have not been diluted will be much too strong for your dog. Think of how strong these oils smell to you. Your dog's sense of smell is hundreds of times stronger than yours, so just imagine how powerful the aroma is to him!
Directly applying essential oils to the skin may also irritate the skin. It's best to dilute the them with a carrier oil. Or, in this case, create a spray an aromatherapy spray by adding the oils to water.
Essential Oil Dog Calming Spray Recipe
You can purchase a small spray bottle like this one on Amazon, or at almost any home goods or grocery store. You'll want to use a 4-6 ounce bottle.
For the mixture, I prefer to use undiluted lavender essential oil (Majestic Pure, $18.27) and undiluted chamomile essential oil (Artizen, $14.99). Fill the bottle with water and add 6 drops of lavender essential oil and 6 drops of chamomile essential oil.
If you'd prefer a different scent or just want to change up the scent sometimes, you could also try these oils:
- sweet marjoram
- ylang ylang
- clary sage
Shake the mixture well before every use. You can spray it in your car or around your home. It is also safe to use around children. If you have a particularly anxious or hyper dog, try spraying it on his bedding or favorite blanket.