Holiday stress? Yep, dogs get it, too

 Holiday stress? Yep, dogs get it, tooAs much as you might love the holiday season, it can be stressful. So much to fit in to your schedule, so much you feel like you  “have” to do. And while dogs don’t have those same types of stressors, you being stressed, plus the changes in the house and additional visitors can lead to holiday stress for your dog!

For my dogs, the addition of holiday decor that they aren’t supposed to touch, chew, fondle, or otherwise maim, can be a stress. And added visitors are always stressful, as my dog Izzie (pictured) can be a bit territorial.

This year, because we are moving to a new house, none of the Christmas decorations are being unboxed, but in the place of that stress is the stress of a move and the house being overrun by boxes.

Izzie in particular hate hate HATES the sound of the packing tape dispenser gun – which legitimately has to be used repeatedly to put together and seal every moving box.

So when I received an inquiry from the good folks at Pet Naturals of Vermont to try their line of Calming chews for dogs, it couldn’t have come at a better time!

I received some samples of the calming chews in the mail a few weeks ago and decided Izzie would be my test subject.

So, first of all, what’s in Calming chews?

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Our experience

Of course Izzie is always down for treats. Always. Even when stressed, the phrase “Izzie do you want a tasty?” snaps her head to attention. So I had no problem getting her to go along with our little test. About 15 minutes went by after she had her calming chew and I went about my business of getting things packed up. Then I pulled out the dreaded packing tape dispenser gun. I didn’t make a big deal about it, didn’t use her name, but kept an eye on her reaction out of the corner of my eye. While she still popped up her head at the screeching noise of the tape dispenser, she didn’t get more noticeably perturbed. Sweet!

The treat didn’t make her drowsy, it didn’t make her lethargic, it just took the edge off a little bit. Made her not care as much about something that used to annoy her. Pretty much just calmed her…as the name of the product would imply.

Obviously the stress of packing a house is not common (thank goodness!), but I can see this product having other helpful uses, whether it be on car rides, for dogs that get slight separation anxiety, or for any other mild stressors.

About Pet Naturals of Vermont

Pet Naturals of Vermont specializes in therapeutic supplements, and all of their products have the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) seal guaranteeing they follow the guidelines for quality, integrity, and truth in labeling. The Calming for Dogs product doesn’t contain any unproven or potentially unsafe herbal ingredients that may cause side effects such as drowsiness or addiction in your dog.

Free Sample – get your dog’s calm on

Because Pet Naturals of Vermont is so confident and passionate about their product – plus realize the stress of the holiday season – the first 200 people to head over to their site can get one free bag of Calming of their choice (the product comes in four different sizes, depending on the weight of your dog), valued up to $23.99. After the first 200 free bags are spoken for, you can still get a downloadable $2.00 coupon (for a 21 count bag of  chews) to use at a local store where the product is sold.

Free Sample Link!


This post has a Disclosure Level of 2. DogSplendor.com was provided with the product mentioned above at no charge to review. Positive reviews are not guaranteed, and as always, all opinions are our own.

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  • beaglesbargains

    Good luck with the move! Luna’s bed had to move for the tree too. Although she just lays on the couch instead. It is so great that these treats are helping!

  • Eloise Bright

    Very interesting post. I don’t think we have these chews available in Australia yet, but I always recommend chewing for dogs that suffer separation anxiety. Giving anything a good old chew is a stress-reliever in dogs. I was having a little look at the ingredients in this product, and my only concern would be the L-Theanine, which I think can increase serotonin levels in the brain. An overdose could result in hyperactivity and what we call serotonin syndrome. There are a few reported cases of dogs getting access to a bag of treats similar to these and gorging themselves, so make sure you put them well out of reach! Good luck with the move, always a pain to move over Christmas. Do you have Adaptil or Dog Appeasing Pheromone collars in the US? I’ve found its great for reducing anxiety in pets who have a lot going on in their lives (and maybe their heads too). Could help Izzie if you haven’t already tried it.

    • http://www.dogsplendor.com/ Stefanie

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Eloise! I definitely make sure I keep all treats out of reach from my dogs because they are not good about refraining from eating them all. And yes, we’ve tried the pheromone sprays with Izzie, I think they definitely help!

  • Eloise Bright

    Very interesting post. I don’t think we have these chews available in Australia yet, but I always recommend chewing for dogs that suffer separation anxiety. Giving anything a good old chew is a stress-reliever in dogs. I was having a little look at the ingredients in this product, and my only concern would be the L-Theanine, which I think can increase serotonin levels in the brain. An overdose could result in hyperactivity and what we call serotonin syndrome. There are a few reported cases of dogs getting access to a bag of treats similar to these and gorging themselves, so make sure you put them well out of reach! Good luck with the move, always a pain to move over Christmas. Do you have Adaptil or Dog Appeasing Pheromone collars in the US? I’ve found its great for reducing anxiety in pets who have a lot going on in their lives (and maybe their heads too). Could help Izzie if you haven’t already tried it.

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