Happy spring! (kind of)
It seems mother nature has been stubborn and has no interest in bringing us NY and New Jerseyans any warm weather anytime soon. However, I did just come back from a week-long spring break. 😉
Its time to do a quick recap on none other than the don, Pugsley. I’ve purchased some products for fun, and also have been trying alternative therapies for his anxiety.
Chew toys – the PetSafe Busy Buddy Ultra Woofer Dog Toy in large. Needless to say, Pugsley isn’t the aggressive chewer I thought he was. This toy was far too large, heavy and roll-y! It made a loud thudwhen he would drop it. When it would roll toward him he’s cower. Do I have a scaredy cat on my hands!?
Anxiety – I’ve tried a few things, actually! Since the Prozac that the vet prescribed clearly made him aggressive, I looked into aromatherapy. I picked up a chamomile essential oil sample from a local health food store here by my job. The sales associate put the sample in a small clear plastic container – one you’d put condiments in. Once I got home, the essential oil melted through the first layer of plastic!
I was super hesitant to apply it behind Pugsley’s ears and belly.. but I did, and while the scent was overwhelming for me, it seemed to work for my pup. He seemed calmer, yet he also looked like he had a headache. Or maybe it was just me who had the headache from the smell. After that one time, I decided to try a less intense aromatherapy, so I tried Organic Lavender Hydrosol. Pugsley reacted better to this. However, we use the hydrosol in conjunction with Dog Supplies Calming For Small Dogs and his Thundershirt. A lot, I know, right? Whatever works. Car rides are still a B, though.
Grooming – we recently discovered a new grooming spot in the town over from ours. The drive there is less stressful as we on’t need to take the highway, but Pugsley is still a whiny in the car. (To combat that in the future, I got a Dog Adjustable Car Automotive Seat Safety Belt Vehicle Seatbelt. We have yet to try it.) This new spot, Dusty’s Dog House has the works – daycare, boarding, grooming and training. My favorite part is the camera access to play spaces! We took him to get groomed and he looked like a completely different dog! It took some getting used to when we saw our big fluff all naked and shaved down. We usually shave him down once a year for hygiene reasons, anyway. Another thing I really liked about Dusty’s was that its on a strip where there are barely any people. He was able to bark like a maniac to his heart’s content. Funny thing is, when he did, the owner took a peek out his window! Ha!