A dog's natural instinct is to bark and react to suspicious activity. In certain cases, such as 4th of July fireworks, a dog can become agitated and nervous. Trips to the vet or unfamiliar places can cause the same reactions, as a dog is uncomfortable being in a scary situation and feels unsafe. Because of these nervous reactions, it may be required for dog owners to safely relax or sedate their pets to make them feel more comfortable.
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The most natural way to relax a dog is by giving him plenty of exercise and wearing him out. Allow the dog to run in an enclosed area such as a dog park or a fenced-in yard. If your dog is not interested in running on his own, it may be necessary for you to bring toys and encourage the dog to participate in chasing toys or running.
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Leisure Aid is a natural dog sedative, with a blend of herbs, amino acids and natural relaxants. Ingredients in Leisure Aid, such as chamomile and ginger, are often used by humans for relaxation purposes. Rice bran, water, corn starch, dextrose, sugar, brewer's yeast and corn syrup are among the natural ingredients in Leisure Aid. The tablet dosage is based on the weight of the dog and is given prior to stressful events such a firework's display.
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Melatonin is a product used by human as well and is safe for giving to dogs. It is available over the counter and can be used to treat noise phobias as well as manage separation anxiety in dogs and cats. Veterinarian advice is recommended before giving Melatonin to your dog, although many vets encourage giving Melatonin to dogs especially if they have hyperactive behavior or are uncomfortable with vet visits.