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Mindful Moment with Mike: Easing Your Pet's Stress

Posted at 8:10 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 08:55:38-04

TULSA — With so much going on these days are you feeling stressed out?

If so, how is your dog handling it?

2 Works for You's Mike Brooks spoke with Amy Vaughan who runs Spirit Ranch Dog Training. She has 17 years of training experience and she says dogs do know what's going on.

She also says now more than ever, you really need to think about your dog while you're working from home.

"Absolutely, dogs feed off of their human's emotions and feelings. So if I'm stressed out, my dog acts out. When we work with dogs who have anxiety there's different things that we have to look at. One, what are they eating. That's probably not the problem that's causing anxiety. Two, how am I feeling? Am I stressed? Am I anxious? I need to take care of myself. How about the kids? A lot of people are probably overwhelmed right now. A lot of times if a dog genetically has anxiety you're going to need a supplement. We have all natural supplements. A lot of people want to do natural supplements. I do like the calming pills it's all vitamins and herbs that help with calming. My favorite is actually the pheromone collar," says Amy. "So the pheromone collar is a synthetic pheromone that the mother gives off when she's breast feeding. And what I like about it, it lasts for a month as long as it doesn't get wet and they're breathing in that pheromone a little. Right now, everybody needs a pheromone collar!"

Amy says there are hemp and CBD products that can also help dogs who are feeling a lot of anxiety, you can find out more about those on her Facebook page.

Now, next time we talk to Amy, we'll learn about ways to calm dogs and keep them entertained while you have them crated. Plus we'll tell you about Amy's all time favorite toy to keep them going for hours and hours, in the back yard.

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