The Quest for a More Relaxed Linus: Burt's Bees Pets Calming Spray
Meet Linus, quite possibly the world's most photogenic dog.
- Long walks to the park
- Playing at the beach
- Belly rubs
- Sleeping under the clothes on my movable rack
- Barking like a lunatic at the mailman.
- The expensive grain free kibble I bought him
- Having his nails trimmed
- Taking selfies with his mother
Thunderstorms and having his nails trimmed seem to cause him the most anxiety. So I've spent a lot of money and energy trying to find ways to soothe the wild beast, as thunderstorms usually end up with him standing on my back at four in the morning judging me for not controlling the weather.
Recently as I was stocking up on doggy shampoo, something to keep his coat bright while at the same time keeping him odor free, I discovered a line of dog products by Burt's Bees, which surprised me. I was only ever familiar with the chapstick.
The selection at the pet store was limited, but there was a spray that caught my eye, a calming spray with lavender and green tea.
According to the bottle:
"Directions: Spray all over dog from back of ears to tail. For best results, brush through. Repeat as needed. Can be sprayed on bedding or in crate to help establish a calming environment."
I've tried so many calming treatments that I shrugged and figured I had nothing to lose. If anything, it would make a nice freshening spray for when I brushed him. It also happened to be on sale which made it even more appealing.
I did a quick internet search and found a website full of pet products and saw that there was also a calming shampoo.
I considered ordering it, but since he was not an all the time nervous dog, I figured the spray suited my needs just fine. Also it's not easy bathing a 60lb dog every time it storms, just so his calming shampoo takes effect.
So my sister and I decided we were going to trim his nails. We sprayed him down, brushed it through his coat (he smelled delicious) and let it start to take effect. He seemed okay with the brushing, something he also is not a fan of since he's an untamed savage.
However he could sense something was up.
We started on his first paw and were able to trim those nails before he went ballistic, and climbed all over us, scratching and clawing at us with his free paws.
I think we needed to have used the whole bottle
plus an elephant tranquilizer.
I give the calming spray 2 stars, mostly for the smell and mostly for the cute dog on the label.
While the calming spray didn't seem to work for Linus, I might try some of Burt's Bees other products.
Meanwhile, my quest continues on.
Elizabeth and Jenn say: Comment below if you've tried any of Burt's Bees Pets' other products, or if you've found a remedy for dog anxiety. Both of us have dogs that need help.