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My dog Baron is my whole world. Even though we only just adopted him in January, it was one of the best decisions we ever made. Baron is a tiny little 12 lb miniature dachshund who loves snuggling and chewing on socks. He never barks when the doorbell rings, he learns new commands quickly, and he gets along with everyone. He’s the the perfect dog… almost.
Baron’s only downfall is that he has separation anxiety. The first time we left him home alone, he broke out of his crate, scratched off the door jam, and tried to dig his way out through the carpet! While he has gotten a lot better and we can now leave him in his crate for several hours at a time without any major problems, he still cries the whole time we’re gone. We tried everything to get him to calm down- leaving the TV on, leaving the lights on, leaving the lights off, covering his crate with a blanket, giving him a Kong with peanut butter in it to chew on… but nothing worked. So, that’s when I came up with this calming dog spray.
This simple recipe uses two oils I always have on hand, Lavender and Balance. Both are safe for use on dogs. Let’s chat a little bit about what they do.
Lavender oil is a staple- if you don’t use Lavender already, you need to buy some! This all-purpose oil can treat everything from burns to hair loss. But lavender is probably most famous for its calming properties. The lavender in this spray will help reduce your puppy’s anxiety and help him to feel his best.
Balance is a blend unique to doTERRA oils that has grounding and calming properties. This blend combines Spruce, Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, Frankincense, and German Chamomile oils to create a sweet blend with a blue hue. Diluting and spraying this blend on your dog’s fur is a great way for your dog to receive both the aromatic and topical benefits of the oil.
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Fractionated coconut oil is a good carrier oil. It doesn’t go rancid as quickly as other oils do, and it’s always a good idea to dilute your oils before putting them on your dog because dogs have much more sensitive skin than humans do.
But you don’t have to limit yourself to these oils! Other calming oils like Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Wild Orange, or Serenity all work. Just be sure to check that the oil you choose to use is safe for dogs before applying it to your puppy.
Simply spray this calming dog spray on your dog before leaving the house and watch the oils do their magic! That’s it! Anyone else have an anxious dog? What tricks have you learned to keep them calm?
- 4 drops Balance
- 4 drops Lavender
- Fractionated Coconut oil
- Grab a 4 oz bottle and put the four drops of both Balance and Lavender into the bottle
- Fill the rest of the way with fractionated coconut oil
- Shake well before use, then spray a few spritzes onto dog
- Repeat as necessary
- You can add or substitute Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Wild Orange, Serenity, or any other dog-safe calming oil to this recipe