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 Post subject: Calming scents/games for Dogs
PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:28 pm 
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Hey does anybody know if scents such as lavender really help calm dogs down? Any other calming ideas? Also before the crash I asked about games for dogs. My dog loves to play soccer and chase any ball and I've been looking at those puzzle games but they are so expensive. Any ideas, let me know.

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 Post subject: Re: Calming scents/games for Dogs
PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:43 pm 
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You can buy the plastic Nina Ottosson puzzle games fairly inexpensively. My guys have two - the Brick and the Spinny, and they love them both.

http://kladckrs.youtube.com

You can try using DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) diffusers or spray to help calm your spaniel, but it doesn't work on all dogs. Lavendar might work as well . . . again, it depends on the dog.

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 Post subject: Re: Calming scents/games for Dogs
PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:02 pm 
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I guess before I answer how to calm a dog, I'd ask what has the dog wound up? What age is s/he? What type of food is s/he eating? What is her/his daily routine?

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 Post subject: Re: Calming scents/games for Dogs
PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:14 pm 
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I have never used any kind of calming scents for my dogs. The only thing I have used is Rescue Remedy for Bentley when we travel as he used to get very upset and nauseated. He has since grown out of being sick, so I don't use it anymore, but i always have it on hand in case he does need it for long road trips.

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 Post subject: Re: Calming scents/games for Dogs
PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 3:51 pm 
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Kelly where can the plastic games be purchased up here in Canada? I did a search and came back empty as to where to get them.

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 Post subject: Re: Calming scents/games for Dogs
PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 3:53 pm 
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Here are some of the plastic games.

http://www.ihelppets.com/Smartdogtoys.html


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 Post subject: Re: Calming scents/games for Dogs
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I ordered mine from the States . . .

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 Post subject: Re: Calming scents/games for Dogs
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Hey Peggy, well he's not too too bad, I work from home 2 days out of the week so those other 3 days he's in the crate while I'm at work :sad . When I'm home I take him for a walk in the AM and evening or in the evening we'll visit the dog park so if that happens he's usually pretty chill. He must have a walk especially on the days when I'm at work. I usually put a back pack on him but I make sure it's not too much weight in it right now, just enough to tire him a bit. I'm looking into doggie day care on one or two of the days I'm at work. I just think the games will be a nice outlet and I was just wondering if the calming scents really work.

He's 6 months, and eats Nutro Natural Choice, lamb and rice

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 Post subject: Re: Calming scents/games for Dogs
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Sounds like puppy energy and I would not squash that. It is a sign that something is off when they are not normal. I would try more walks or maybe play dates to wear him out. My female is 8yo and still has lots of energy to burn. She always needs challenged or she will begin to get into things. (For example last week she opened a roll of paper towels and nibbled on it, looked like I had a big mouse because she was bored.) I use the scent products but for when my dog is afraid of thunderstorms. It doesn't change her personality only takes away the shaking and drooling. I would not use them all the time as the norm.

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 Post subject: Re: Calming scents/games for Dogs
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We have used a muffin tin with treats in each section, with a tennis ball on top. First you let them see you put the treat in and the ball ontop. Make it easy at first and then make it more difficult by only putting a treat in some of the cups.
Check youtube for dog intelligence games for more ideas of inexpensive ones you can do with things you already have :th-up

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 Post subject: Re: Calming scents/games for Dogs
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I'm from Canada. They have the games at our Pet value store in Windsor, Ontario


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