Calming A Nervous Dog: Essential Oils

dog noseAs our 90lb Pyrenees mix tried hysterically to crawl inside my blouse last night, I was reminded of why I had, in previous years, taken the time to research the best way to help our normally steadfast friend pass the night with some dignity (I’m here to tell you there was nothing dignified about our independence day interaction).

My favorite “please don’t eat my couch” solution is an essential oil blend that combines Valerian (calms the nerves ), Clary Sage (sedates the central nervous system), Lavender (calming) and Sweet Marjoram (calming).

I mix as needed, which in our case is about once a year, and try to apply 20-30 minutes before blind terror is expected to set in.

Calming Blend for Anxious Dogs

  • 1/2 oz base oil (I generally use olive oil with my animals)
  • 3 drops Valerian
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Clary Sage
  • 3 drops Sweet Marjoram

Rub 2 to 3 drops of the essential oil blend between your hands and apply it on the edge of your dog’s ears, between the toes, on the inner thighs, or “armpits”.

*This is great for calming dogs who have separation anxiety, noise anxiety, or fear of new places, people, or things.

If your four legged friend is suffering less from hysterical terror and more from excitement and over stimulation (we have a spaniel) I’ve discovered that a ready to use calming spray combining Lavender (calming) and Roman Chamomile (sooths the central nervous system) works to bring some balance…or maybe it just chills me out, either way it’s a winner.

Calming Mist For Overactive/Overstimulated Dogs

  • 30 drops Lavender
  • 20 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 4 oz. of purified water or distilled

Measure essential oils into an empty and clean 4-oz spray mist bottle. Add the water until full. Put on cap, remembering to shake well before each use.

I give our pooch 2-3 spritzes, holding the spray bottle 12-18 inches from the fur and then ruffle my fingers through his coat, focusing on chest, front legs and belly.

*This is great in the car, or before walks, or when you’re working in the yard, or at bedtime, or when you’re trying to binge watch The Walking Dead (have I mentioned we have a spaniel??).