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STCA's Favorite Calming Supplements

Supplements to support behavior change

These over-the-counter products can be used separately or together. By helping your dog be calmer, less reactive, and less anxious, your training will progress more quickly, with more permanent long-term change. Don’t reach for them as a last resort! Using them in conjunction with a well-planned and well-executed desensitization and counter-conditioning program can really help improve your dog’s overall stress level, making him/her more receptive to training exercises.

Vitamin B

Stress (both positive and negative) quickly depletes B vitamins, so help your dog stay stocked up on this. Most dog foods do not have enough, especially when you consider that Vitamin B is easily destroyed by high heat. Guess how your dog’s food is cooked? Try Amino B-Plex by Rx Vitamins for Pets.

The Auto Trainer

Milk-Protein Based Calming Supplements

These milk-protein-based calming and anxiety-reducing supplements are safe to give everyday. Terra used Zylkene for years and it really made a dent in her general high arousal and sound sensitivity. Ringo swears by Composure for when his separation anxiety creeps up. These consistently get rave reviews from my students and are very easy to feed.

DAP Solutions

DAP stands for Dog Appeasing Pheromone. These solutions emit a dog-appeasing pheromone that mimics natural comforting pheromones emitted by nursing mother dogs. You can get it in a spray form to put in the crate, the car or on a bandana for your dog to wear. You can get it in a diffuser for the whole house. Or get it in a collar that your dog wears full time!  

The Treat and Train

Calming Ingredients in Treats 

Look for ingredients like passionflower, chamomile, skullcap, valerian root, or melatonin. Lots of brands sell calming treats these days, so you’ll want to look for good quality overall ingredients and calming ingredients in amounts that will actually make a difference. Here are some to consider:

  • Ultra-Calm by Drs Fosters and Smith

  • Rescue Remedy by Bach 

  • Calming Bites by Zesty Paws

  • Pet Calm by Richard’s Organics

  • SmartCanine Calming by SmartPak

Teach your dog to trim his OWN nails!

Does your dog dislike nail trims?

Here's a great winter project for you: teach him to trim his own! This is great for easy maintenance of his front paws; it's fun for both of you! And if you're really talented, you can teach him to scratch his back ones too! 

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Hi-Tech Positive Dog Training!

Hi-Tech Positive Dog Training!

I absolutely love these positive reinforcement dog training technology products. I've used them all personally, and every student who I've recommended them to has found them immensely helpful in reaching their dog training goals. I've been professionally training since 2003, and in that short period of time I've seen some amazing positive dog training products come out.  Boy is it great to have good positive reinforcement training technology on your side!