Think about how your dog behaves, do any of these sound like your dog - all or some of the time?
Gets terrified when there's a storm? Follows you around like a shadow, and doesn't have lots of periods of independence? Barks, scratches, chews things, or makes an escape, while you're away? Cowers, growls, avoids or even attacks other dogs? Gets freaked out or startled (more than you'd expect) by loud household sounds?Is frightened meeting new people, at first? Humps madly??
And how do they go at the vet? Do they:
Get scared when they get looked at?Act really excited and jumps up and down? Need a muzzle to be looked at? Cower and hide under the chair in the waiting room? Try to escape out the door of the vet? Squirm madly when they get an injection?
These are all signs of anxiety. Left unchecked they only get worse. Anxiety is not something that dogs grow out of. And research trials show that you can help reduce this anxious behaviour with the right dietary supplements.
Experts say that when a dog bites, it's never really out of the blue. Long before that event, there will have been signals.
Turid Rugaas, a canine behaviorist from Norway, developed the Stress Escalation Ladder, to illustrate what signs we see in our dogs as their stress elevates - so we can intervene, before they get out of control.
For instance, did you know that your dog yawning means they are stressed and not tired? They are things that dogs do, like yawning, looking away or licking their lips, that tell you that they're a little anxious right now, and they're trying to settle themselves down again. In fact, calming signals are the second stage of the 'stress escalation ladder', and often go unnoticed or are misunderstood.
Did you know that anxiety is a type of stress?
Stress of one kind or another – fear of thunderstorms, separation anxiety, stranger fear – can set off a complex chain of events.
For example, a dog with thunderstorm phobia living in a storm-prone area, would have a stress response every time there’s a storm. A dog suffering from separation anxiety would react every time they were left alone.
These dogs can suffer chronic, repeated and uncontrolled stressful episodes that would often build and worsen over a lifetime.
This can shorten your dog's life...among other things. Chronic stress is associated with high levels of cortisol in the blood stream, which in turn has been related to a number of human disorders including obesity, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, immune disturbances, altered endocrine responses and nervous system disorders.
The Om is based on two key research studies, and is adapted by our holistic vet, Dr Kathy Cornack.
In a nutshell, this is what they show:
Anxiety manifests in a variety of behaviours - some of which may be a surprise
Dogs are commonly treated with either training interventions or medicines
An anti-inflammatory and antioxidant supplement, combined with training, was found to reduce both clinical and behavioural symptoms after 10 days
Dogs who received a normal diet and the training on its own during the study period, showed no significant improvement
Nutritional yeast, gelatin powder, linden powder, pomegranate powder, valerian powder, tryptophan, l-theanine, hawthorn powder.
Overall from ordering to product quality it has been great A+ all round but the product itself has not made a difference with my baby boy and his anxiety issues but not saying it wouldn't work on other dogs!
I'm sorry to hear that! The Om is one of our most effective formulations...I'll touch base with you directly and see what else we can suggest.
As a dog trainer I see many anxious pets. One of the first things I look at is the quality of their diet and what we can do to improve it. One of the things I recommend for general anxiety is the OM SUPPLEMENT to help calm the dogs nervous system. It doesn’t make the dogs drowsy in any way but after a few weeks of using it, there is an overall difference in the dogs ability to be able to learn new behaviours because they are more relaxed. I’ve used it with many of my clients now and most are so happy with it, they continue to keep their dogs on it. I’m always very happy with the customer service at Bestie. Amanda looks after me very well, making sure I have everything I need for my clients. Very grateful for the range of products she sells.
That's super-helpful feedback - much appreciated. Good also to make that link between being more relaxed and therefore more receptive to training; often a two/multi-pronged approach is need to address anxious behaviour.
My border collie reacts quite badly to thunder. Lots of barking, running, slobbering and panting..... I just made up my first order of OM jellies when 2 days later we experienced a storm. She settled quite quickly...very noticeable. The barking and running soon stopped, she sat at the open front door still panting but noticeably more settled. I'm very impressed! Will definitely buy more.
Hello Carolyn Somehow I missed this review! But I've caught up now, and I'm delighted to hear this feedback. That's brilliant. Keep at it daily though; it will work better over time.
Incredible ! Great to deal with , fast shipping and amazing products !
Thanks so much for that! Welcome to bestie.
According to my Bestie a/c, I must have started using 'Om' for Toby at around the end of August/ beginning of September 2020. Truly, he is now a transformed dog. He was mega-anxious when I bought him home as a rescue dog in Dec 2019. He was really stressful to live with for months. I hired 'Mary Puppins' a pet trainer to help train him. Training definitely helped with his manageability. I guess you would like me to tell you all the ways in which he has changed & for which I give 'Om' so much of the credit... but I'll cut it shortish by telling you I now have a sweet dog whose behaviour is good & who is easy to love. He is 5 yrs old. The vet is now well able to assess his heart murmur via stethoscope (even though such success depends on my continuously offering him treats to keep him attentive & still & quiet). Previously, he used to struggle & continuously vocalize because of his anxiety. He fully co-operates in allowing me to gently administer gel eye drops 4 times a day. He doesn't mind at all. To administer eye drops would have been all but impossible for me to do once. A while back you sent me some new versions of The Om to test. Yes... continued success. If it were possible, it seemed to me there was even further improvement once on them, but I guess in reality, if they were exactly the same therapeutic formula as before, then any improvement once on them was a result of simply more time on the 'Om' in conjunction with his improved enjoyment of his life. He is a contented little dog now. Thanks Amanda. The 'Om' is a wonderful success as far as I am concerned.
You've made my day with this story! And it really does reinforce the benefit of a combined approach training and supplementation, as well as persistence. Sometimes it takes time to wind back anxious behaviour.
Hard to say, it didn't seem to make much difference when the storms came, she was still anxious
Sorry to hear that it hasn't helped your dog's anxiety...one thing I'd say though, and that is that the bestie jellies are like a supplement that we take...they become more effective over time. I think you started on this late Feb...perhaps you might persist daily for a while longer. The Om is one of our most effective formulations, and the experience we've had is that a range of anxious behaviour symptoms (not just fear of storms) tends to abate over time. Thanks for trying though.
Our dog loves the taste, only using it for a week. Nil noticeable change yet, but wasn’t overly anxious starting off. Need to see how he gets on in day care.
That's good to hear. Keep us posted!
Great service and great product! Informative, helpful service and the product is so innovative/unique , it tastes great and yet is really good for her. Nothing boring or me too about Besties Kitchen!
That is excellent! Glad to hear it's a hit and thanks for your lovely feedback. Makes us happy too...
Our 11month old ball of energy was never able to mentally shut off/slow down. Now she is a completely different dog, still a little crazy when we have visitors and loves to play but is able to chill out throughout the day a lot more to give herself time to rest. We add 1tsp of the powder to her raw meat in the morning and she gobbles it down no troubles. Absolutely recommend this product, even got the tick of approval from my friend who’s a vet. Love love love!
That is brilliant! So pleased to hear that. Thank you - luv the pics too....
I have two jackrusells ,one is really nervous both have been on The Om for 8 weeks .Jessie is so chilled out now she keeps coming up for cuddles she didnt do that before,and when we go for walks l have to pull her back. Thanks Amanda and gang. Maureen.
I am so pleased to hear that! Thank you for letting us know.
Really easy to make up the jellies, great instructions provided. I used a silicon ice cube tray to to divide them into the equal portions and they pop out easily. My dog is happy to eat them (to be fair, she doesn't chew food anyway so I can't say whether she actually likes the taste!) We have just completed the first two weeks and she seems pretty chilled! I have another dog that has been recovering from a major surgery and this has created a lot of anxiety in him, so I'll try him on the next batch I make too. May have to disguise the taste for him as he is extremely fussy, but I shall report back!
Oh, this is great news! Thanks so much for your feedback, and heartening that early indications are positive.
Made my first batch of jellies and the process was easy to follow. The packet instructions were good, I found the extra information sheet that was included in my order very helpful. I have enough left over in the bag to make another batch. Barney the Lab has only been one them for a few days so I haven't noticed any change yet.
Great they were easy to make and feed. Fingers crossed Barney shows an improvement...it's not like a Panadol, so will take a little time.
I made the OM jellies for my highly strung, 15yr old poodle X schnauzer, who’s also losing his hearing. They were very simple to make and kept well in the fridge for 2 weeks in an airtight container. (Note: As I have another smaller elderly dog with Cushing Syndrome, I feed them both 3 small meals per day.) On the trial I noticed after a few days of eating the jellies in his morning meal, he was noticeably less edgy during the day and the chair licking was also reduced. I changeD to giving it to him in the evening meal after two weeks. He was more relaxed before bed and slept well. I finally decided that for my dog the OM jelly was best eaten at lunch time. Another observation was his the reaction to different noises, due to his hearing loss and his anxieties. His barking reaction to the doorbell ringing, for example, was not as frenetic or lengthy as usual. The other notable change was his reaction to seeing and hearing dogs Bark on tv programs and ads. His usual behaviour was to go the the TV, jump and bark at the dogs. During the trial his behaviour had been to, see them, give a little growl and just watch. Overall, I feel that my dog has benefited from taking the Om jelly as he’s more relaxed and enjoying elderly life more. We will continue from here on.
Thank you Angie for your detailed review - so helpful! (And we're super glad it's made a difference.)
Super easy to make. Molly the moodle enjoyed taking them daily as a treat. Definitely helped keep her calmer in a time of change, in a new puppy next door and WFT. Highly recommend.
So glad they work for her! Thank you