Barking is another indicator of anxiety.
Aggression in dogs is symptomatic of another underlying issue. Pain, fear, anxiety and dominance can all illicit aggressive behavior or tendencies. Though any dog can develop these issues, previous abuse and poor socialization increase the risk of anxious, aggressive behavior. Relieving your dog’s anxiety through homeopathic remedies lets you focus on behavior training and desensitization. Regardless of the remedy you choose, remember that aggression is a serious behavioral issue that requires collaborative work with your veterinarian and a certified behaviorist or trainer.
A dog whose anxiety occurs around unfamiliar people or objects can begin channeling his concern into aggression. The spores of Club Moss, also known as lycopodium clavatum, come in powder-filled capsules and pellets. According to “Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs,” this plant makes a homeopathic treatment effectively by easing your dog’s anxiety and fear of the unfamiliar. Mix the powder from four pellets with 1 to 2 ounces of warm, nonchlorinated water. Administer 1 teaspoon of the solution to smaller dogs under 30 pounds and 2 teaspoons to dogs over 30 pounds.
Pure chamomile tea is a safe and effective way to soothe a dog who appears hesitant about soliciting attention but reacts aggressively when touched or held. Calming your dog’s restless behavior helps him learn to accept, and eventually start enjoying, the pleasure of gentle petting. Brew a pot of hot chamomile tea and let the bag steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Soak one or two dog biscuits in a small bowl of the chamomile tea before feeding them to your dog.
Pure lavender oil helps calm a naturally anxious or tense dog. Dogs with high-strung personalities whose anxiety becomes fear aggression can also benefit from the therapeutic properties of lavender oil. Signs of fear aggression include biting when a person enters or exits the room and nipping during handling. Gently massage a few drops of pure, undiluted lavender oil on the tips of your dog’s ears. A 2009 study in Japan found that applying lavender oil to dog’s ears twice daily reduced dogs’ heart rates in stimulating environments. You can also soak cotton balls in lavender oil and place them near your dog’s crate or bed to ensure optimal aromatic benefits.
Valerian root is an age-old herbal remedy for calming anxiety. Crush two to three tablets of Valerian root in your dog’s food and wait approximately 30 minutes for the herb to take effect. The sedative effect of Valerian makes it an effective remedy when you need your dog to be compliant and tranquil, such as a visit to the veterinarian’s office. This remedy also works well for dogs who become anxious and lash out aggressively while riding in the car.