Best Calming Products for Dogs
Updated: May 8
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Whether it's fireworks, separation anxiety or car sickness, dogs can become anxious for many different reasons. Seeing your dog frightened and shaking is no fun for anyone.
Many dogs have something they’re stressed about, the key is to identify the trigger and then work on calming them.
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Long term solutions such as desensitization and counterconditioning both take time to produce results and sometimes you need a short term, immediate solution.
We take a look at a range of the best products from jackets and beds to toys and medication which can help to calm your dog in times of stress.
The Best Dog Calming Products for Anxiety
1. Anxiety Coat for Dogs
Thundershirts for dogs help relieve a fear of fireworks, thunder, car travel and even separation anxiety. By gently applying continuous pressure and wrapping snuggly this provides a sense of security that can keep your dog calm.
Not simply a great idea, they have been scientifically proven to be effective.
They can reduce anxiety in dogs with an astonishing 80% success rate in helping relieve dogs fear.
Thundershirts can be a game changer, and don't require any training or medication.
Thundershirts are available in a range of sizes with a handy measurement chart to help you select the correct size for your four-legged friend.
We recommend trying the ThunderShirt on your dog the first few times when they're feeling calm and loved. This will ensure that they are comfortable with the jacket before they encounter an anxious situation.
2. Calming Spray for Dogs
ADAPTIL is clinically proven to help comfort dogs during fireworks. It reduces panting, trembling, restlessness and other stress-related behaviours, often associated with dogs that are worried.
Adaptil contains a copy of the naturally occurring and comforting pheromones that a mother provides to her puppies.
It comes in various forms including a plug-in diffuser, collar, tablets and a spray so you can choose the product best suited to your dog.
We love this quick working and effective Transport Spray. It has been developed for temporary relief for events that are short in duration e.g. travelling or fireworks.
This spray version works well when used in conjunction with the Thundershirt featured above and amazingly can have a lasting effect for up to 5 hours!
3. Calming Supplement for Dogs
YuCALM from Lintbells, the company behind the best selling joint supplement - YuMOVE, offer a calming supplement for stressed or anxious dogs.
It's a triple action supplement which reduces feelings of vulnerability and anxiety.
Available in tablet or chew form (larger dogs needing more than one a day), you can choose which form is more suitable for your dog.
The results show a positive effect after a few days but to get the full benefits may take 3 to 6 weeks.
YuCALM receives lots of amazing reviews from pawrents of rescue dogs who suffer from anxiety. It's worth noting that YuCALM have extended their range to offer a 'Once-a Day' tablet for smaller dogs from 8 - 15kg.
4. Natural Calming Aid for Dogs
Pets Purest Calm PRO
Pets Purest are known for their range of 100% natural dog products which as well as containing no nasties, are all made right here in the UK.
Their calming formula is available in this handy liquid form packed with calming herbs & minerals
The drops will have an immediate effect in stressful situations but can also be used on a daily basis as an overall calmer for more relaxed dogs.
You have a choice on how to administer the liquid. Either add to your dog's food or water, alternatively you could apply the drops direct into your dog's mouth.
Calm PRO only takes approximately 20 minutes to work.
Pets Purest offer 20% off for new customers from Smart Bark. Enter discount code PETS20 at checkout.
Pets Purest are currently offering 22% off their best selling Pets Calming Bundle.
The bundle includes 100% natural, premium calming aid - Calm PRO (as featured above) and 3 Calming Treats (70g Grain Free Treats)
This great value bundle is a very cost effective way of trying the product without needing to fork out too much money.
Their bundle will have an almost immediate effect in calming your dog and will reduce anxiety in times of stress on a daily basis.
4. Relaxation Trainer for Dogs
Now for a completely different solution to anxious dogs. Relaxopet PRO is an innovative device developed after years of research by veterinarians, breeders and owners.
It uses frequent subliminal vibrations to encourage your anxious dog into a deep relaxed state.
It’s easy to use, natural, and has no side effects although it is a bit pricey!
If you have a particularly anxious dog, this could work wonders and minimise you're need for additional medication.
Lots of very happy customers and reviews, although we recommend that you read the instructions carefully to get the best results for you and your dog.
5. Dog Puzzle Toys
Distract your Dog
Do what you can to keep the dog under their anxiety threshold, meaning that their alarm systems don’t go off.
One efficient way of doing this can be to distract your dog with something that usually gets their attention.
A training session or a problem solving puzzle, may get your dog so focused that they tune out distracting noise.
Problem solving has been proven to reduce fear – perhaps because the animal learns to control certain aspects of the environment.
We test and review 10 of the best puzzle toys for dogs (including the fantastic Bob-A-Lot shown here) and categorise them into easy, intermediate and difficult so you can pick the ideal level puzzle you for your dog.
5. Licking as a Calming Aid
Lick Mats for Dogs
The first thing to say is that licking mat for dogs are one of the cheapest dog enrichment options on the market and you get so many benefits for very little investment it's definitely worth adding one to your dog box.
These mats were originally designed by vets in Australia to promote calm behaviour especially in stressful times such as being left on their own or during fireworks.
Repetitive licking has been proven to soothe your dog as the motion gradually releases a calming hormone into their body.
We would thoroughly recommend a lickimat as a great value aid for dealing with anxiety in the short term.
We buy, test and review the different styles of LickiMats available, their benefits, uses and some great food topping recipes.
7. Best Calming Dog Bed
The Dog's Bed - Donut
Like sleeping in a cloud! Extremely popular and great value, the calming nest works by providing your puppy or dog with a comfortable and enveloping space in which to rest.
There are lots of nesting dog beds on the market, but we recommend The Dog's Bed as it is designed and manufactured by a dog bed company with experience.
Small breeds and puppies love these donut style beds with super soft material as it takes them back to a time when they snuggled up with their mum and littermates.
It's also the perfect bed for puppies with mild separation anxiety.
The Dog's Bed is designed with a high-pile polyester filling to create a cosy, safe atmosphere to help reduce anxiety. The bed’s raised circle provides a headrest in all directions.
This bed stands out from the crowd as it has removable covers which can be washed or replacements are available.
Available in 6 sizes and a range of 8 muted colours to suit your home at a great price.
Reasons to Buy
+ Great for dogs suffering with anxiety
+ Ideal for puppies
+ Removable covers
+ Large range of colours
Reasons to Avoid
- If your dog prefers to sprawl
Frequently Asked Questions
Can massage help my dog calm down ?
As well as working wonders for humans, massage will relax and help to calm anxious dogs. Massage definitely helps to alleviate tension.
Make sure that you are relaxed and try to keep one hand in contact with your dog at all times to provide a feeling of security and stability.
Use your other hand to make long sweeping movements from the neck downwards along the spine to their tail.
Does calming dog music really work ?
Numerous scientific studies and research have shown that music is a great way to help reduce stress and separation anxiety in our furry friends.
Veterinary surgeon Dr Linda Simon, adds: “Calming music is a hugely useful tool that can be used for any dog, whether anxious or not. When introducing music and new sounds to your dog, ensure you are calm and that the experience is positive. Reward their calm behaviour with lots of treats and praise.”
Brand new research from the UK wellness brand for dogs, Pooch & Mutt, has discovered the perfect formula for curating a calming playlist for your dog.
The research proves that melancholic, low energy songs with gentle acoustics work best for soothing anxious dogs.
They can reducing stress levels and helping to relax your pup.
Listen to Pooch & Mutt’s data-driven Spotify playlist here.
How do I calm a dog whilst travelling ?
Most car sickness episodes in dogs are brought on by the stress and not the motion itself. Your dog might well be associating the car with these stressful experiences. Mental, emotional, and even physical trauma may be related to the car ride.
In the long term desensitising your four-legged friend is the best way forward but this takes time and patience on your part. We explore how a desensitising training plan can alter your dog’s behaviour patterns by changing the way they feel about a specific situation in our article - Dog Car Sickness : How to Cure it
Dogs suffering from car sickness ride better when they can see out of the windows.
Adjust their seats or use a dog car seat, so they can look out the window while staying secure. Focusing on scenery can definitely prevent motion sickness.
We have researched and reviewed dog car seats which are designed to give your dog an elevated view so that they can relax and watch the world go by whilst you are left to concentrate on the road ahead.
Particularly suitable for small dog breeds or puppies and useful for providing a secure resting area and a better view out of the window - Top 10 Dog Car Seats
What are the signs of anxiety in dogs?
All dogs suffer from anxiety at some time during their lives. Whilst this is a normal emotion, leaving it unchecked can lead to behavioural issues. There are several important symptoms to look out for:
Urinating or defecating in the house
We really hope that our article has been helpful and given you some options to help calm your anxious dog. Thank you for stopping by and reading our post on the Best Calming Products for Dogs.