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Dog Grooming at Home

No, I’m not a professional dog groomer, nor do I play one on TV. I do, however, bathe, groom, and clip Dexter at home. This article is to share with you my techniques and what has worked for my dog grooming at home. If you are looking for a more professional look, I would highly recommend taking your dog to your local groomer or even taking a few pet grooming courses yourself. If you don’t have a groomer you love, ask your friends for recommendations.

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How Often to Give a Dog a Bath

It depends. That’s a great answer to almost any question. But it really does. If you are using a natural dog shampoo that is free of harsh chemicals and preservatives, you can feel comfortable bathing your dog as often as needed. For Dexter, during allergy season, he tends to get a bath every two weeks. During the off-season, it’s more like every three to four weeks.

How Often to Brush a Dog

Ideally, this would be daily! Brushing and combing your dog daily will not only assist in keeping your dog’s coat tangle-free, but it is also a great way to examine your dog. Dog grooming isn’t just about getting a clean and shiny dog; it’s also a way to bond with your dog and check him over for lumps and bumps. If you brush your dog daily, you are unlikely to have any tangles or mats to deal with. If your dog is uncomfortable being brushed or touched, read my article Stress-Free Dog Brushing.

Dexter’s Daily Brushing Routine

When brushing your dog, it’s important to go slowly and to be gentle. You can talk to your dog and even give your dog a healthy treat during the process. You want grooming to be enjoyable for both you and your dog.

When I brush Dexter, I start at the top of his head and work my way down. I typically rotate between a steel dog grooming comb and a slicker brush. The first big part for Dexter is his big, fluffy ears. It’s important for long-haired dogs like Dexter to get every nook and cranny so that they do not develop mats. I gently lift Dexter’s ears up as I comb underneath his ears. If I do find a snaggle, then I hold the mat at the base and start at the end and work my way up to the base. After working the underside of his ears, I do the outside of his ears. I do this the same way, from the top down, unless there is a mat or tangle.

Next, I work my way from under his neck and chest area. After his chest, I ask Dexter to lie down and roll over to his side. I then proceed to brush under his armpits, belly, legs, side and hips. When manipulating his legs to brush under them, I am careful to make sure I am gently moving his legs in a natural fashion.

How to Trim a Dog’s Furry Feet

Some dogs, such as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, have what are referred to as slippers on their feet. Some people call them Grinch feet. The breed standard suggests keeping the Cavalier’s slippers intact on top. However, it’s important to keep the underside of a dog’s foot clean and fur-free. This excess hair can actually knot up inside the paw pads and cause slipping and injury.

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Cavalier Grinch Feet

I do not follow show standards, and I do trim the top of Dexter’s feet, too. He’s a pretty active boy and his furry feet act as sponges! If you decide to keep the tops of your dog’s feet furry, it’s important to brush the fur between the pads regularly, so they do not develop mats. Simply place your finger in between the toes and bring the fur upward to comb.

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Trimming Feet

For Dexter, I ask him to lie down and flip him to one side. I then gently pick up one foot as I take the clippers and move the edge of the clipper inside the toe pad and scoop the fur out. Be careful not to dig too deep with the clippers; you don’t want to cause a burn or rash.


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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Icelandic+™ and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help share information about Icelandic+™ and their all-natural dog chews and treats, but Raising Your Pets Naturally only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Icelandic+™ is not responsible for the content of this article.

Dexter The Dog was a happy camper today. When it comes to testing and reviewing holistic and natural pet products, Dexter would like to skip the natural dog grooming reviews and head straight to the all-natural dog treats! Today was his day.

When Icelandic+™ asked me to review their all-natural fish dog treats, I first had to be sure it was a product that met my personal criteria for my pets. With all of the products I use or feed my furry kids, the very first thing I do is read the entire ingredient label. It’s always important to me to know exactly what’s inside a pet product, not just what’s on the front of the fancy packaging, but everything.

Icelandic+ Capelin Ingredients: Icelandic Capelin Whole Fish

Yes, that’s it. Just whole Capelin fish from the pure waters of Iceland. Icelandic+ dog treats and chews are manufactured within FDA, USDA, EU, and MAST standards and regulations, to ensure the freshness, purity, and integrity. I happily agreed to review Icelandic+ Capelin Whole Fish.

When our bag of Capelin treats arrived, I actually did not have time to test them right away, so I placed them in my closet. Dexter, on the other hand, was more than eager to get to work. For three days, he kept going to my closet door and sitting there, looking at me. When I opened the door to get my clothes for the day, he would dart inside, looking up at the bag of Icelandic Fish Dog Treats in anticipation.

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Pure. Natural. Unspoiled.

Finally, it was time to try Icelandic+ all natural dog treats. These whole fish dog treats are pretty impressive in size, ranging from about five to six inches long. My first thought was how Dexter would handle the size. Would he chew the fish or try to swallow it whole? To ensure safety and to see how Dexter consumed the treat, I held the end as I gave it to him to chew.

Dexter’s eyes bugged out with delight as he carefully chewed the Capelin fish. I was happy with the way Dexter chewed, so provided him with a second fish treat to eat on his own. Once again, he chewed it up bit by bit.

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Chew. Chew. Chew.

If you have a small dog or a gobbler, I would recommend this process to ensure chewing safety. If it’s a concern, you can easily break the natural fish up into three or four bite-sized pieces.

Since Dexter was so impressed with the Capelin fish, I decided Nutter The Cat and Delilah would also enjoy this healthy fish cat treats. First up was Nutter. I watched as Nutter sniffed the treat and quickly started to lick the fish. Within seconds, he was chomping on the fish and taking off bits to eat. I allowed him to eat half of the fish, then I went to Delilah.

Unlike Nutter, Delilah is a bit shy, so she wondered why I was there watching her. But the fresh aroma of the natural fish took over and she, too, started to lick the fish. Unlike Nutter, she quickly swallowed her part whole, and before I could even get up, she puked it back up. This shows me again how important it is to supervise pets who are eating new things to ensure they manage a product as expected. I will reintroduce the treat to both cats, but in bite-sized portions.

Amazing facts about Icelandic+ Capelin Whole Fish

Did you know that people living in Iceland live longer on average than people in many other countries? Maybe it’s because of their organic approach to farming and fishing, and their focus on sustainable living. Iceland is one of the cleanest fishing grounds in the North Atlantic. Iceland’s coastal waters have strict rules and regulations to ensure purity. Pure. Natural. Unspoiled.

Icelandic+ Capelin are not only a single-ingredient, but they are also line-caught fresh daily in Iceland. Everything that goes into Icelandic+ healthy dog treats are ethically sourced from Iceland. They are never bruised or damaged from nets. Each Capelin is immediately air-dried and are manufactured within FDA, USDA, EU, and MAST standards and regulations, to ensure the freshness, purity, and integrity. I love the way Icelandic+ Capelin Whole Fish are pure, clean and a natural, high-quality dog treats.

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Capelin are small, oily fish that are a great source of protein, minerals, Omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium. Providing whole fish to your dog or cat is a much healthier way to supply Omega-3 fatty acids than processed fish oils. Smaller fish like Capelin also contain fewer toxins than do larger fish. Icelandic+™ fish dog treats are available in four different flavors and varieties.: Capelin whole fish, Cod fish chips, Cod fish skin rolls and Redfish skin rolls. Each flavor and variety is 100% pure fish treats for dogs, from the cold waters of Iceland.

Icelandic+ Capelin Whole Fish are not just healthy dog treats, but also can be used to balance a fresh dog food diet. I provide Dexter a balanced, home-cooked diet. While balancing his diet, I often rotate in small, oily fish to help meet his nutritional and fat needs. I am happy to know I have another healthy fish option to include in Dexter’s rotation.

I am totally impressed with the quality of Icelandic+ ingredients and sourcing of their Capelin Whole Fish treats. They were a big hit with all of my pets. If you are looking for all natural dog treats, I can highly recommend these natural fish from Icelandic+™. It’s a huge bonus for me that I can incorporate this healthy dog treat into Dexter’s food preparation. But don’t take my word for it—give them a try for yourself.

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Why Do Dogs Mark

Recently, I was asked how to stop a dog from urine marking. Dogs may mark for a variety of reasons. Yes, even female dogs mark. A dog may mark on walks, in the home, on new items, in new locations, or even on you!

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Why Do Dogs Mark?

The nose always knows. Marking is yet another way dogs communicate with each other. These chemical communication signals provide a lot of useful information between dogs, giving a glimpse into another dog’s health, status, and we don’t know what else.

Dog Marking Territory

A recent study by Anneke E. Lisberg and Charles T. Snowdon found a competitive function of overmarking from males to males. In other words, they can claim territory by marking. This isn’t surprising when you think about canines or other animals in the wild competing for both territory and mating rights. This is a way to AVOID conflict.

Marking New Items

It’s not uncommon for a dog to mark new items in their environment. Whether this is a new piece of furniture or a lawn ornament, a dog may feel the need to add his scent to the item. This role can also be reversed when a dog is in a new environment such as a dog-friendly hotel room. He may feel the need to signal that it is his new home and territory.

Marking and Canine Anxiety, Tension or Stress

When dogs are around other dogs in a highly social environment, they may urine mark more than usual. Over-stimulation often can be the trigger for urine marking and even mounting. If your dog suffers from separation anxiety, he may even mark your suitcase or another object as he watches you pack. Conflict between family members, dogs, cats, humans or otherwise, is often a trigger for canine marking behavior.

The Lisberg and Snowdon study also showed that when unknown dogs met for the first time at a dog park, if given the opportunity, new dogs would more likely pee, then allow the present dog to investigate. This is interesting, because this gives the first dog a chance to get to know the new dog without any physical contact between the two dogs, diminishing the chance of an altercation.

Marking Behavior and Medical Concerns

If your dog seems to be urinating more or dribbling pee, you should seek the guidance of your veterinarian immediately. A few common causes of dogs dribbling are urinary incontinence, urinary tract infection, obstruction, nerve trauma, bladder stones, and kidney disease.

Change in Behavior

This dog blog post was inspired by a question regarding a senior dog all of a sudden marking his home. Whenever I am working with a new pet client, I ask them to fill out a detailed history form prior to even discussing their case. This helps facilitate the appropriate treatment and training protocol. Detective work is a big part of my job, and I try to elicit detective work from my clients.

A change in behavior is a huge key to what is actually going on with a pet. Medical issues need to be ruled out first, and this can be quite challenging at times. In the case of senior dogs, medical issues can easily be the culprit causing a behavior change. Sometimes, just the change in a dog’s cognition or physical ability (hearing, pain, sight) can jump-start a marking behavior. When a dog’s body and mind is changing, he can become stressed. Marking may be one way he is trying to communicate his anxiety to his humans. Another thought is that as a dog ages, the family structure may also be changing, which can elicit urine marking.

How to Stop a Dog From Marking

That depends. As with any dog training or behavior modification, it’s not just about stopping the behavior, it’s about addressing the cause of the behavior. If you have a dog who marks non-stop during a walk, just keep on walking and don’t allow so much sniffing and peeing. This isn’t to say he can’t mark and pee along his walk, just not a hundred times.

If your dog has anxiety or medical concerns, those issues must be addressed. It’s important not to reprimand a dog for marking, but just to re-direct quickly. Reprimanding a dog is likely going to make the issue worse—more stress and more conflict. You will just end up with a dog who marks the house in private!

A good management strategy to save your furniture or hotel room is to place a dog belly band around your male or female dog during likely times of marking. This belly band wraps around your dog’s lower abdomen and will catch any urine flow. I use a belly band for Dexter the first 30 minutes we are in a hotel room, just to ensure he doesn’t mark anything. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.


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Puppy Biting Leash

This is a huge question I get in my local puppy training classes or private puppy lessons. First, it’s a normal puppy behavior. Second, you are not alone! This question has probably come up with every puppy student that I have worked with. Why it’s taken me two decades to write about it, I will never know.

The first thing to remember is that puppies are puppies. They are new to this world. New to puppy leashes, new to the constraints of a leash, new to their collar and harness. They are very excitable and full of zest and energy. Loads of energy (read puppy zoomies)! They are also sharks in a puppy suit. They love to put anything and everything in their mouths. Puppies are playful and seem to have fun playing with whatever fits into their mouths, including their leashes.

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Hi! I’m your puppy~!

Given these puppy characteristics, it’s no surprise that your cute little puppy bites his leash. But don’t worry! I have some puppy training tips for you to help you teach him that his leash is not a chew toy.

Leash Training a Puppy not to Bite his Leash

Stop: As soon as your puppy bites his leash, stop walking. Stand very still and hold your puppy’s leash close to your body to prevent a good game of tug-of-war from starting. As soon as your puppy stops biting and tugging on his leash, start to walk again. Repeat this throughout your walk.

You will be teaching your puppy not to chew his leash by showing him that when he bites his leash, you stop the walk and stop the tugging by holding the leash close. When his teeth are not on his leash, he is allowed to walk.

It works. It really is that simple, if you are consistent in the rule. A few things can help jump start how to train a puppy not to bite on a leash.

  1. Reward your puppy often for the littlest steps and attention from the get-go. Take a peek at teaching your dog to walk on a leash for tips.
  2. Teach your puppy to hold an appropriate toy in his mouth while walking.
  3. Practice your puppy’s leash skills inside the house daily for fewer distractions and more success.

Things to consider

  • Chew Proof Dog Leash? Sorry, there is no such thing if the leash is made of fabric or leather. I’m not an advocate for any kind of chain dog leash because they’re heavy, your dog’s fur can get snagged on it, and the chain can get hot. I do however, recommend leash companies such as Lupine Pet that will replace their leashes even when chewed! Buy two, so you have a back-up when you ship the chewed one back to the company.
  • Chew Deterrents: Sure, you can give this a try, depending on the actual ingredients in the product. Remember, you should read the ingredient panel on any product you use. Do they work? In my experience, not really well, but if the ingredients are safe, then it may be worth a try. You would need to apply before each walk. For a puppy, I wouldn’t suggest this.
  • Choke Chain Option: What? I know, I would never use a choke chain on a dog’s neck, never, ever. However, if you have an adult dog with a long history of chewing their leash, you can attach a very thin choke chain to the end of the leash by the clasp. Slide the leash through the ring, and sew the chain to the leash on the bottom and top. Then, when your puppy goes to chew the bottom of the leash, he bites the chain and it may deter him. This is never my first choice, since, again, the chain can get hot and heavy. Your puppy may also hurt his teeth biting on the chain, and the weight of the chain on the leash might keep your puppy from understanding what a loose leash feels like on his neck.
  • Review your dog’s leash daily to ensure the leash is not getting frayed or compromised. Your dog’s safety is at stake.

Now, get out there and walk your puppy! It’s one of the best things in life.


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Dexter and I love to take dog-friendly day trips from Ohio. We are fortunate enough to be just over an hour away from Put-in-Bay, which is located on the western end of Lake Erie. In 2014, we took a great dog-friendly day trip to Put-in-Bay, and when we read about their Octoberfest, we knew we had to go again!

When we were looking for a ferry to Put-in-Bay, we contacted Miller Boat Line. Dexter had such a great time riding the dog-friendly ferry a few years back, I felt they would be a great fit for this excursion. The Miller Boat Line is dog-friendly, family-friendly and budget-friendly, so perfect for our family. 🙂

What I really appreciate about riding the Miller Ferry Boat Line is their friendly staff, smooth ride, and quick service. Dexter? Well, he enjoys the ferry ride and smelling all the fresh air. On this trip, a little girl was feeding the seagulls, and Dexter was intrigued watching them follow the boat.

Once we arrived on the island, it was a quick walk up the hill to E’s Golf Carts for our Put-in-Bay golf cart rental. Put-in-Bay, also known as South Bass Island, is approximately 3.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. Given that Dexter has some mobility issues, having wheels was a definite must.

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Our first Put-in-Bay activity was to drive around the island in our golf cart. This was a great way to explore the island and make our game plan for the day. Dexter is a pro when it comes to riding a golf cart. I’m telling you, there is something about the wind in his ears and nose that really relaxes him.

We decided to hit the 24th annual Octoberfest in Put-in-Bay. Admission to the tent was $4 a person for all day. There wasn’t an extra charge for Dexter. The tent was lined with many food vendors. If you enjoy German-styled food such as brats, potato pancakes, apple dumplings, stuffed cabbage, pierogi, cabbage and noodles, schnitzel, and pies, this was the place to be. A lot of tables were available both inside the tent and outside. Dexter was impressed by the live polka and German band.

After lunch, we hopped back in our golf cart and headed to the Perry Peace Memorial Visitor’s Center. Put-in-Bay isn’t just a fun place to visit in Ohio; it is also rich in Ohio history. I asked if Dexter could accompany me, and we were given the green light.

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During the War of 1812, western Lake Erie was front and center in the war between the United States and Great Britain. Put-in-Bay served as the base of operations for Oliver Hazard Perry. It was from this harbor that Perry sailed and defeated the British fleet under Robert H. Barclay. If you enjoy American history, Put-in-Bay is a great place to visit.

After a little Ohio history, we jumped in the golf cart once again, and headed to Scheeff Point Park. The preserve has a lot to offer, including a walking path, bird watching, and fishing access. We took the time to walk around the shoreline, and Dexter enjoyed all the smells of Lake Erie. By this time, we were all bushed and decided it was time to call it a day and head back to the Miller Ferry Boat Line.

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Dog-friendly islands

Once again, we had such a great dog-friendly day trip to Put-in-Bay. Dexter and I are already planning for our next trip; maybe next time we will visit another one of the islands. If you are heading to Put-in-Bay with or without your dog, check out the Miller Ferry Boat Line and E’s Golf Carts! You will be happy you did.

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Put-In-Bay Adventures


What was your favorite day trip with your dog? Tell me in the comments.

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Why does a dog eat grass?

Dexter thinks he’s half cow. If he had his way, he would eat grass all day long. But why do dogs eat grass?  What does it mean when a dog eats grass? And probably most importantly, can dogs eat grass and is it safe? Today I want to tackle the grass-eating dog topic. But, as always, if your dog seems to be eating grass non-stop, you may want to speak to your veterinarian to ensure he is healthy.

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass then Throw Up?

Oh, yes. Such a great visual. You may often see your dog eating grass then vomit right afterward. Believe it or not, your dog may know that when he has an upset belly, if he indulges in some grass eating, he will then vomit, which may rid his gut from toxins that are making him feel unwell.

Dexter has done this on occasion. He can be very obsessive with his request to go outside and eat grass. He cries and goes to the door, and when I take him out, he goes to chow down on the grass. That’s how I know that he has an upset belly. An occasional upset belly is not totally uncommon. When Dexter has an upset belly, I give him a natural anti-nausea aid instead of allowing a lot of grass eating.

Should You Let Your Dog Eat Grass When He has an Upset Belly?

Sure. Assuming your grass is not treated with harmful chemicals or pesticides, and assuming this is a rare occasion. However, you do want to find the root cause of the belly ache to ensure it is not a much more serious problem. As I mentioned above, I would look for a better solution to ease your dog’s nausea.

What Does it Mean When a Dog Eats Grass?

A dog may eat grass for a variety of reasons. As mentioned above, a dog may often be seen eating grass when he has an upset belly or is feeling nauseated. If this is only a few times a year, you probably don’t need to worry. If on the other hand, your dog gets sick, has a lot of gas, or is nauseated a lot, you should speak with your veterinarian, ideally one that specializes in canine nutrition. There may be something going on with your dog that needs to be addressed. A vet that specializes in dog nutrition can also help evaluate your dog’s diet to ensure he is receiving the correct food, nutrients, and fiber he needs.

Boredom is another reason a dog may eat grass. This can be common in puppies or dogs that are not receiving adequate exercise and mental stimulation. Increasing your dog’s daily activity and mental dog games would be a good start for these dogs.

Tastes great! I remember as a child chewing on the sweet blades of grass. Our dogs may also find the sweet grass appealing. I see this with Dexter. He often goes for the new grass growth. OK, he seems to like it all the time. Like I said, I think he’s half cow.

I feel Dexter fits into the taste and fun category for his grass eating. I wouldn’t say bored, because I keep him very active. But, during our adventures, he picks out some nice blades of grass to chomp on. I’m actually going to increase his greens in his diet to see if this changes any of his grass eating behavior. We’ll see. In the meantime, I try to keep Dexter focused on not eating grass on our adventures, since I can only assume they are sprayed with pesticides. It might be worth looking into planting him is own doggie grass!


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As a professional pet behavior counselor, I see a lot of scared dogs and fearful cats. It’s sad, really. I, too, have been in this boat with my golden retriever, Theo. He suffered from dog separation anxiety and he was scared of thunder and storms. It can be really tough emotionally on the human and furry family. Luckily, dog and cat anxiety treatment is available.

I take a multi-pronged approach with each pet, whether I’m working with a client or my own pets. There are five main pillars that I address with my clients.

  1. Veterinary Health Check
  2. Management
  3. Behavior Modification
  4. Food Therapy
  5. Natural Calming Aids

Within the natural calming aids pillar, some of the remedies we look at can include aromatherapy, homeopathic remedies, various massage techniques, acupuncture, flower essences, calming wraps, vitamins, or calming music.

Today, I will discuss one of the products I recommend to clients and use with my own pets, Pet Remedy. Pet Remedy is a special blend of various essential oils used to help relax and calm an anxious or stressed pet.

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  • Valerian (Valeriana officinalis): Valerian is an herb commonly used for sleep disorders and restlessness. This herb helps to calm the nervous system and acts as a mild sedative, without decreasing reaction time. Approximately 5% of people respond to Valerian with hyperactivity. This herb has a distinct ‘musk-like’ smell.
  • Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides): Vetiver is commonly used in calming blends offering a centering and grounding effect. A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Plants Studies states that Vetiver has a soothing effect and can help someone recover from a severe strain, shock, fear, or panic.
  • Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilcum): Basil oil is a good tonic for treating nervous disorders and stress-related headaches, migraines, and allergies. It is helpful for restoring the mind’s focus and clarity.
  • Spanish Sage (Salvia lavandulaefolia): Spanish Sage offers a general relaxant effect. The herb can be used to help with nervousness and excitability.

If you have read any of my reviews in the past, you know I don’t just stop with the helpful ingredients in a product. I provide the entire ingredient panel for your review.

  • Pet Remedy Spray Ingredients:  valerian oil, vetiver oil, basil oil, sage oil and water (pH neutral)
  • Pet Remedy Diffuser Ingredients:  valerian oil, vetiver oil, basil oil, sage oil, inert carrier oil (Augeo) and water (pH neutral)

But does Pet Remedy work with scared dogs or fearful cats?

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I have been using Pet Remedy with success for my own pets for quite some time. I first started using Pet Remedy with our family’s new rescue kitty, Delilah, about 3 years ago. Currently, I use Pet Remedy with Dexter.

Delilah’s story and experience: Delilah was rescued from a local cat shelter as a kitten. She came into our home very stressed and lacking any confidence. We started to use Pet Remedy by spraying her bedding and a few toys that were around the house. Delilah would always gravitate to the items that were sprayed. Whenever she lay next to the bed or the toys, it seemed to help her come out into the main part of the home. We did also add confidence-boosting flower essences to her daily routine, along with play therapy.

Now, she’s been part of the family for three years and still is not totally confident, but she is no longer fearful or stressed. Whenever we have a home event that is a bit stressful for her (family gatherings, home improvements, etc.), we spray her bedding with Pet Remedy.

Dexter’s story and experience: Dexter has no fear. He is one of the most confident dogs I know, and his fearless personality is a true blessing. However, he does have a neurological condition, and on days that his disease is a bit more painful, he scratches his head a bit obsessively because of discomfort. He also has seasonal allergies, and some days he just wants to dig at his feet.

These are the times that I use our Pet Remedy spray. I spray my hands and do a once-over rub around Dexter’s head and neck. He quickly settles down and relaxes—no more scratching or digging. The calming effects of the essential oils help to soothe and ease Dexter’s mind.

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I’m definitely a fan of the Pet Remedy spray. They also have a calming plug-in diffuser. The diffuser works in a 650 square foot room, and lasts about 8 weeks. If Delilah still had ongoing anxiety, I would definitely consider using the diffuser in her bedroom. When I started using this product, I was unaware of the diffuser.

I will continue to use it for my own pets and will continue to recommend the product to my clients working with pet anxiety. If you have a pet with anxiety, I urge you to seek professional help to learn how to help your pet cope and build up confidence. You can safely add Pet Remedy to your training program with confidence.

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