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Herbal and marine remedies for noisy dogs, puppies, cats and kittens to help stop and control whining and barking problems.  

Many dogs and cats experience emotional distress for a variety of reasons, including environmental and situational stressors such as traveling, boarding, daycare, vet and grooming visits, introduction into a new home, loss of a family member or family pet, separation from owners, visiting guests, transitional or traumatic events, competitive events, abuse, an inappropriate diet (one which contains processed foods including corn, wheat, soy or other fillers) and general anxiety that is commonly experienced that includes irregular behaviors manifest as excessive barking,  panting, trembling or shivering.

Barking is natural behavior for a dog. It's one way a dog communicates with people and other animals. Though it may be desirable for a dog to bark in certain situations, for example to warn that a threat is present, excessive barking is a sign of a problem and may create a nuisance.

Barking consists of a series of short, sharp sounds that tend to vary little in tone or pitch. Normal barking is common for dogs of all ages, but persistent barking is difficult to endure and can annoy pet owners and neighbors alike.

The only way to reduce excessive barking is to determine what is causing the dog to bark. Once you know why your dog is barking, you will be able to devise a plan to reduce the barking. With a little patience and time, most dogs will stop barking excessively.

Your pet may use barking, howling and whining as a communication tool, to imply that your pet is hungry, needing affection, is stressed or ill or that there is a visitor.

Causes for whining may include:

Genetic disposition (some breeds are prone to more frequent barking)

Improper confinement (a locked room, crate or enclosed yard without  shelter from the elements)

Lack of exercise (energy is released through barking)

Environmental sounds (other dogs, passing cars, thunder, sirens, ringing phones)

Boredom (long periods without playmates, treats or toys)

Separation anxiety (a dog may bark for attention)

Dogs and cats that are used to having their owners at home most of the time are particularly affected when left at home alone and may suffer from separation anxiety.Separation anxiety can occur when a pet who is accustomed to constant human companionship is left alone for the first time or following a long interval, such as a vacation, or following a traumatic event (from  an animal's perspective), such as time spent at a boarding facility.

If loneliness is the cause of incessant barking, giving your dog more attention may solve the problem. It may result from being left alone for long periods of time without opportunities to interact with you, if he has no companions or toys, if he is a puppy or adolescent (under three years old), doesn't have other outlets for his energy or if he's a particularly active type of dog (like the herding or sporting breeds) who needs to be occupied to be happy.

Territorial barking may occur in the presence of "intruders," which could include the postman, children walking to school, other dogs or neighbors in adjacent yards or if you have encouraged your dog to be responsive to people and noises outside.

Once you have determined a cause of your dog’s excessive barking, you can begin to work on effective solutions. Barking can alert you to an intruder on your property, so getting your dog to stop barking can be difficult. A dog should still bark at a stranger, yet know when barking is out of hand and it can be challenging to teach the difference between the two situations.

If your dog’s barking has created neighborhood tension, it might be a good idea to discuss the problem with your neighbors. If excessive barking is becoming a real problem, consider attending training classes or consulting an animal behaviorist for advice. Another option is to use a natural, calming product to lessen your pet's excitability and anxiety. Natural products are safe, effective and do not drug your dog or cat, but rather, allow them to distinguish between perceived things and real threats to safety. 

Organic Remedies - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets)

Herbal remedies function as a brain tonic and contain calming properties which can lessen excessive or anxiety driven barking and whining by soothing the central and autonomic nervous systems, to reduce stress, useful for hyperactive, nervous, agitated, high strung or delinquent pets; also used to treat symptoms related to biting, scratching, hyperactivity & overactive behavior.

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 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.

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; and as a stroke preventative.

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 responsepromotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat, 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.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine response, reduces respiratory disorders, relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. 

Other suggestions:  

Never yell at your dog or cat. Use a spray bottle while your dog is barking and reward your dog when it stops barking or whining.

Keep in mind that punishing an animal that has separation anxiety, fears or phobias will likely only worsen anxiety behaviors. 

Avoid using devices that emit loud or high frequency sounds that interrupt and deter barking. These devices can be controlled by the owner, but also by intruders and can cause pain and can even damage your pet's hearing. 

Walk your dog daily as exercise delivers mental and physical benefits.

Take an obedience class with your dog.

Provide interactive toys to keep your dog busy when you’re not home (but make sure they are not a choking hazard)

Keep your dog inside when you’re unable to supervise him.

Let your neighbors know that you’re actively working on the problem.

Teach your dog a “quiet” command. When he begins to bark at a passer-by, allow two or three barks, then say “quiet” and interrupt his barking by shaking a can filled with pennies or squirting water at his mouth with a spray bottle or squirt gun.

Have your dog neutered (or spayed if your dog is a female) to decrease territorial behavior.  

Conventional Remedies:

As a pet owner, you may want to consider behavioral or obedience classes. Spray bottles are sometimes effective at getting a dog to stop barking or to reduce whining.

A veterinarian may recommend a shock or bark collar. These types of devices are only recommended after you have exhausted all other behavioral modifications. Bark or shock collars are not recommended for use if barking is related to illness.




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