Dog Who Struggles Emotionally? Video On Essential Oils & Behavior In The Brain
All dogs (or all beings) are genetically predisposed to certain behaviors. Whether that is breed genetics (Shepherds like to control and herd, guardian dogs may resource guard etc) but also breeding based genetics. Every being can be predisposed to certain behaviours by inheriting it from their parents/grandparents. Example… if one or both of your dog’s parents was naturally more prone to anxious behaviour or exhibited a lot of anxious behaviours during pregnancy, there’s a good chance your dog is predisposed to be a more anxious dogs. It’s in their DNA. They are born with chemical reactions in their brain that will cause it and they themselves can't do anything about it. And it’s not something that is changed just with obedience training. It also means that there may be certain limitations when it comes to training/behaviour expectations.
But you know what the cool thing is... the brain is a muscle and it can learn to make changes indefinitely. So what that means, if we teach the brain to produce less of the stress causing chemicals by exposing it to different reactions over and over, the brain can remember that (also called muscle memory) which then over time can lead to a dog that will experience less of those anxious behaviours in a natural way. Technically that’s exactly what anxiety medications do! BUT you don’t need them! For one, not all dogs (just like humans) have such strong anxiety that they would need medication just to function, but it still affects their daily life. And second, a lot of the conventional medication that are prescribed come with a lot of side effects.
But there are natural ways that we can achieve exactly the same safely and effectively. And in combination with training you can get amazing results. That’s why have started including natural therapies such as aromatherapy in to my training.
The way aromatherapy triggers the limbic system of the brain, which is where many emotions are rooted, we are able to influence the emotions of animals and people and create new habits. And as a natural result, your dog will also learn quicker and process things better which simply helps them adjust to everyday life in a much better way. And they will simply feel happier and more relaxed.
Let me explain you in the video below how exactly Essential oils can benefit the behaviour by telling you more about what happens in the dogs brain and how we can shift habbits through aromatherapy.
I think this is really cool and why I'm now such a big advocate for the use of this next to all other benefits. Knowing this, I can't see WHY we would not want to use them for everybody! If you want to me to help you with this, learn more about the different ways I can help you HERE Or download the free mini webinar series to learn more about the use and benefits of essential oils for not only mental but also physical health. About the author:
Simone Krebser - CPDT: Owner and head dog trainer of K9 Possible Dog Training. Certified dog trainer, Holistic Dog Coach, certified Pet First Aid Instructor, Pet Essential Oil Specialist, member of the IACP, dog crazy and chocolate/cheese addict. “My life revolves around dog’s day in and out and I wouldn’t have it any other way."