Do you have nervous dogs? I have 4, so they get to take turns being the neediest one haha If your dog has true anxiety, please consult with your vet or a dog trainer. But some calming essential oils can help with occasional nervousness.
Here’s an easy DIY to make a calming spray that’s safe to use around your dogs, on their bedding, or even on them (as long as being spritzed doesn’t freak them out).
First, it’s important to know what oils you can use safely use with your furry friends. My favorite reference tool is: The Animal Desk Reference: Essential Oils for Animals. I’ve also gotten a lot of great information from Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils & Hydrosols with Animals.
But you came here for a DIY, right? The oils I used in my calming spray are: Frankincense, Lavender, Petitgrain, Ylang Ylang, and Wild Orange. You’ll want to find a glass spray bottle, because essential oils can erode plastic. (I’m linking to the style I carry in my shop below). This bottle is 4oz, so I did 4 drops of each for a total of 20 drops of oil. Sometimes I’ll mix my sprays with witch hazel or rubbing alcohol because they blend a little better with the oils. For this one, I stuck with water because I wanted to keep it very gentle for my pups. Water and oil don’t mix, so you’ll want to give it a gentle shake before spritzing.
What I love about this is that it’s gentle enough to use around the dogs, and smells great for us humans to use too! Did you try it? What did you think? You can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Love and light,