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Herbal remedies to build confidence and to reduce shyness and help timid cats and dogs socialize.

Animals routinely experience irregularities in bodily systems, including the Central and Autonomic Nervous systems, requiring a correction to restore emotional balance, to reduce fear and to promote relaxation, to balance mood and provide feelings of comfort and security.

Just like people, our pets come with different temperaments and personalities. Some are outgoing and friendly, while others tend to be a little shy and may need a little time to warm up to new people or unfamiliar animals. It can become concerning when a pet is overly shy, and in most cases, these pets lack confidence and are more anxious than other pets.

Very shy pets often cower away from people and become scared in new situations or around unfamiliar people. They may be more solitary and interact less with the other pets, or always seem to be on the outskirts of the action.

Some shy pets also constantly seek your approval and may display a number of neurotic behaviors when they are anxious such as tucking their tail between their legs, over-grooming, urinating at inappropriate moments, running away or submissively rolling over. Keep in mind that when some animals become very frightened, they can become aggressive. A shy dog may end up biting a stranger if it feels cornered. 

We’ve all felt that restless, jittery feeling when we are nervous about something – the same can be said for our pets – as they too can feel nervous and unsure of themselves. Animals need to feel secure and protected in order to relax. In the wild, an animal relies on the ‘fight or flight’ response to impending danger. This means that they have two choices: to stay and face the danger or to flee. Some animals can be more nervous and un-trusting than others.

Shynes in pets is a very common problem, representing one of the top reasons for veterinary visits. Animals can experience anxiety when left alone for long periods of time, lack social contact, are confined to small spaces, experience boredom or are ill. Our animals can also detect our moods and feelings and mimic our behaviors. Just like humans, with prolonged exposure to stress, your pet can develop an anxiety disorder.

While there will always be the debate between nature and nurture, there is usually no cut and dry answer to why some pets are shy and others aren’t. Some suggest that it is a personality trait that they were born with, while others propose that it was a result of their social and environmental experiences within the first few months of life.

In some cases shyness can be the result of previous abuse or mistreatment, making it a fairly common trait in older pets adopted from shelters. Whatever the underlying cause, shyness is not something that needs to be a problem and with some confidence building exercises and calming measures, you can help your shy pet become more self-assured and calm.

Try gradually desensitizing your pet to social situations. When new people come over, warn them that your pet is shy and suggest that they ignore them initially. This will allow your pet to gauge the situation and slowly come over on his or her own terms. At most guest should offer a hand to let your pet sniff them and assess that there is no danger. If your pet is ok with this, then they can gentle stroke them.

Let guests or new people offer your shy pet a treat. Eventually new people welcomed into the house will be seen as an opportunity for reward and they’ll slowly become friendlier.

Puppy socialization and obedience training are great ways to encourage your shy dog to become more confident and less afraid of social settings. Rewards and the constant approval given in these classes will make your dog feel a sense of accomplishment which is a great way to build confidence.

Reward good behavior at home. Many people get into a bad habit of reprimanding bad behavior while forgetting to reward the good behaviors. Rewards will help your pet feel more confident and build the trust between you.

Encourage exercise. Exercise helps top reduce stress and build confidence. A fun game of catch in the park with a shy dog, or a good game of mouse on a string for a shy cat can help greatly.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies help to reduce symptoms of shyness, fear and anxiety and provide anxiety-reducing and calming properties to promote a calm and relaxed state for stressful animals, to treat a number of anxiety disorders, to soothe fear and nervous anxiety during stressful situations & everyday disturbances, to help your animal to cope with anxiety by working on a variety of bodily systems to provide whole systemic support, relaxing the Central and Autonomic Nervous Systems, allowing your animal to distinguish between a safe vs. fearful situation.

Soothed & Serene – (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems, to soothe animals exhibiting all types of  destructive behavior due to anxiety, fear, grief, separation, pain, illness, allergies, aggression, socialization issues, electrical and thunder storms due to its calming, mildly sedative and nervine effects that can bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems, restore emotional balance, promote comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security.

Serenity Zen Dog & Cat - (learn more) is used for its multi-level support to soothe, relax, calm and provide pain relief to nerves, muscles and all bodily systems (Adrenal, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Excretory, Respiratory, Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems), for all types of behavior including anxiety disorders, allergies, digestive colic, storms, travel, boarding, vet visits, separation, restlessness, irritability, depression, ADHD and ADD, to maintain normal electrical balance in the brain, reduce neuro inflammation and modulate inflammatory response.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content, promotes optimal immune response, reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

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Life’s An Itch! - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces acute and chronic seasonal allergies and irritations including contact, food, skin,  atopic and parasitic allergens, relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, swelling, inflammation, hair loss, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections.

I AM A ROCK STAR! - (learn more) is used to help support adrenal glands to respond normally to stress and metabolic demand, to support glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, to regulate stress on liver, kidney and digestive functions by reducing thirst and excessive elimination, to balance blood sugar levels, for natural energy in young and geriatric pets, to increase muscle use, ability and stamina and to provide anti-inflammatory and immune support.

Your pet may benefit from being taught behavior modifications when addressing anxiety and phobias. Professional training may help your pet to understand and respond to your commands and an owner can also learn an appropriate reward system so as to not further confuse an animal.

Make sure your pet has a holistic, grain-free or chemical free diet, fresh, filtered water, plenty of exercise and affection.

Conventional Remedies:

Your veterinarian may offer a variety of treatments for your pet to cope with symptoms associated with anxiety. Anti-anxiety medications such as Clomipramine, amitriptyline and acepromazine are commonly prescribed to help suppress anxiety and stress. These medications have associated side effects that immobilize pets and can result in diarrhea, low blood pressure, vomiting, dry mouth and disruption in normal bowel movements.



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