How to Relieve Stress in Dogs Naturally

This How to Relieve Stress in Dogs Naturally post is sponsored by Tomoson on behalf of PSCPets.

How to relieve stress in dogs has been a top question of mine for sometime since we rescued Rusty just after Christmas of 2011. Our family really wanted a dog for a pet, but we did not want to start out at the puppy stage. After doing some digging I looked at Australian cattle dogs and that is when we found Rusty.  He is a Red Merle Australian Shepherd, and we love him very much. However, Rusty came some baggage that has had me searching for resolutions on how to deal with stress in dogs.

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How to Relieve Stress in Dogs

Learning how to relieve stress in dogs has been a big learning curve for me. I have learned so much in the past 17 months about dogs and how their behavior is imprinted and somewhat hardwired in the first 10 weeks of life. Rusty came with a lot of history, and from what we have learned, did not get imprinted in a very healthy way. This is one of the many reasons I was so excited to get selected to review Calming Formula for Dogs by PSCPets.

Rusty’s History

Rusty was working dog on a farm in Kentucky, which means from my understanding, he was not kept as a “pet”. We know that he was surrendered by his family to a kill shelter in Kentucky because he was chasing the farm animals. He is a herding dog, so I think he was doing what his breed is supposed to do? The kill shelter ended up contacting an Australian Cattle Dog rescue here in Illinois to see if they would take him on. They ended up having him transported to Illinois where he saw a vet and was given a clean bill of health. He then went on to live in a foster home until we rescued him three weeks later.

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It turns out Rusty is very scared dog. In fact, our vet told us he has not seen a dog this nervous in a very long time. He is terrified of thunder, loud noises, and people. He also has separation anxiety. We suspect there was abuse in his history and he was probably never socialized. He has come a very long way in the past 17 months. We have gone through an animal behaviorist to help change many of the behaviors that he has been imprinted with.

Although we have worked through a lot of his behaviors, he still remains a dog with stress and anxiety. So adding the support of The Calming Formula by PCSPets has been very beneficial. This natural formula is available in a soft chew or tablet form and are made to promote relaxation in dogs. We were sent the soft chews, and Rusty loves them. It is made with the natural ingredients of Valarian Root, Lecithin, Ginger and Thiamine (Vitamin B1).

Rusty thinks of these soft chews as a treat, and since he is 50 pounds I give him 2 of these treats a day. One in the morning and one in the evening. We recently had some big thunderstorms move through our area, which lasted several days. He was a real mess and, because he was stressed out would not eat anything – including the soft chews. I try to be consistent with giving him these since they do take the edge off of his stress and anxiety. If I already have this in his system, he isn’t quite so stressed so then I can get him to take his treats when he needs to.

PSCPets has an information-based community site as well called This is a place for you, as a pet owner, to go to ask questions, share stories and learn from their experts. I really enjoy reading their pets blog, which is packed full of great information.

We are very happy we are the ones who rescued Rusty. He really is a great dog and we are willing to work with him through all of his baggage and anxiety.

Do you have a dog that suffers from stress and anxiety? This Calming Formula may be just what your pet needs to relax.

I would love to hear how you manage your dog’s stress! Please leave a comment below.

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About the Author

A Mommy blogger who loves working from home while raising her 9-year-old daughter and 5-year-old boy/girl twins with her husband. I have a passion for learning and enjoy anything having to do with the technical side of blogging. I am also always working on self-improvement and being the best mom I can to my children. I am also a bit of a coffee addict! ❤


  1. How great that there is a natural solution!

  2. Jenna Wood says

    We use calming chews when we travel, they’re a lifesaver.

  3. What’s in it that lessens his stress?
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  4. Our dog has food sensitivities so I try not to give her anything new very often. She’s not nervous about sounds, but she’s definitely hyper! Sounds like Rusty found the right family to love. 🙂
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  5. I might check into this. One of our rescue is really excitable and nervous at times.
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  6. Amber Edwards says

    What a gorgeous dog you have! Thankfully we haven’t had to deal much with anxiety with our dog. But this is great to know if things should change.

  7. What a cool product. I know many dog owners who have anxious dogs. I will let them know about this product.
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  8. I think my dog went through a lot with my kids around and he is quite anxious – he might benefit from some of the relaxing products
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  9. I love this natural solution. Angel, our pup is afraid of the thunder.
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    • Yes Debi, our dog is really bad with thunderstorms too. Poor baby! We are in the middle of huge thunderstorms right now. I’m just glad they do have something available for pets that is natural and can help take the edge off.

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