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If you take your over-excited or "hyper" dog to a conventional veterinarian, you may end up getting a prescription for antidepressants such as Prozac for your dog! Sure, the drugs may slow your dog down, but they come with potential undesirable side effects.
So how do you calm a hyper dog safely and naturally?
Use natural remedies!
All the remedies for hyperactive dogs on this page are mild and safe for our dogs. Try them out and see which one(s) work well for your poochie!
Do remember, however, that natural remedies such as herbs take a longer time to show results, so you need to give it time and be patient.
Also, many dogs who are considered "hyperactive" are actually just under-trained and under-exercised. Therefore, in addition to remedies, think if you can spend more quality time with your dog exercising and playing interactive games. If necessary, you may want to seek out professional dog-training assistance.
For more information on the symptoms and possible causes of hyperactive behaviors in dogs, please visit this page.
While herbal remedies will not "cure" your dog's hyperactivity, some herbs can be used to temporarily and symptomatically calm down a hyper dog, so that both the dog and the owner can take a breather!
There are several nerve-calming herbs that can be used on hyperactive dogs, but different dogs react differently to the herbs. Some herbs are more effective on some dogs, so try the different herbs on your dog to see which one(s) work best!
This herbal formula is made up of a balanced combination of three calming nerve tonics: Valerian, Skullcap, and Oatstraw.
It is very effective in calming both dogs and cats.
Some natural nutritional supplements can be effective remedies for hyperactive dogs as well. In particular:
L-theanine has been found to directly stimulate the production of alpha brain waves, creating a state of deep relaxation. It is being used effectively as a calming supplement in people.
Thiamine, however, is not stored in the body. When a dog is sick, under stress, or if there is increased activity or metabolism, the levels of thiamine in the body will be depleted.
This supplement contains L-theanine, thiamine, decapeptide, and lecithin (which is also calming to the nervous system). Many dog parents have used this composure liquid to calm their hyperactive dogs with great results.
Aromatherapy is effective in calming a hyperactive dog. When using essential oils, remember to get 100% pure oil from a reputable source.
The essential oils of Lavender and Chamomile have calming effects on both us and our dogs. Here are some ways that you can use essential oils to calm your dog:
** When using essential oils on pets, never put undiluted oils on them - undiluted oils are too strong for our pets.
If you are interested in learning more about using essential oils safely with your dog, here is a useful eBook for you!
Also consider this essential oil calming medallion:
This wearable medallion contains the essential oils of lavender and valerian, both of which are well known for their calming and relaxing properties.
Some people have reported success in calming their hyperactive dogs by using Dr. Bach's Rescue Remedy. Just put a few drops of the remedy in your dog's drinking water, or for faster effect, rub a few drops on his mouth and gums. In many cases, this will achieve almost immediate calming result.