When Poppy was a puppy, nothing seemed to phase her – we made sure we introduced her to lots of new situations – fireworks, travelling in the car, meeting people of all shapes and sizes etc, etc!! However, as she’s got older, she’s definitely become more anxious – sometimes about the most bizarre things! So when I came across Zen Dog from our friends at Pointy Faces, which is specially formulated to promote calmness and to relieve anxiety, I thought it had to be worth a try.
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Zen Dog is a Natural Supplement which comes in the form of herbal sprinkles which you add to your dog’s regular food. It contains a blend of Chamomile and Passionflower, both calming herbs, well known for their relaxing properties. I have to admit, much as I was eager to find something to alleviate Poppy’s anxiety, I was a bit sceptical at first, she can be a very stubborn terrier at times!

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My first reservation was that the sprinkles had quite a strong scent and I was worried this would put Poppy off. However, after a bit of encouragement, and when she was satisfied I wasn’t trying to feed her the dreaded worming tablet, [she’s far too intelligent for her own good!] she soon started tucking in and seemed more than happy with the taste.

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Earlier this Summer, we hired a motorhome and toured around the North of the country, taking in some beautiful scenery [and an awful lot of rain – you can always rely on the British Weather to play ball!] We visited The Peak District, The Lake District, Northumbria and The Penines to name but a few places, we were properly on tour! All in all we covered just over one thousand miles in ten days. As travelling is one of the things Poppy can be nervous about, [in her older age, and when she chooses to be!] I knew our little trip would put Zen Dog well and truly to the test!

[Sorry, I couldn’t resist sharing some of my favourite photos from our trip – I’m a self-confessed addict when it comes to taking pics of Poppy!!] 

Bamburgh Beach in Northumberland
Bamburgh Beach in Northumberland

 

Derwentwater in the Lake District
Derwentwater in the Lake District

Now if you’ve ever travelled in a motorhome, you will know that they can be rather noisy – a little rattly and certainly not the most luxurious of rides! However, despite all this, Poppy coped amazingly well with all the travelling.

Holy Island Northumbria
Holy Island Northumbria

 

High Force Water Fall
High Force Water Fall

We had planned the trip so that we would never be on the road for more than three and a half hours at a time, and by the end of the ten days Poppy was so at home and relaxed that, when we were in transit, she would take herself off to the human bed and be chauffeured like lady muck!!!

Being Chauffeured Like Lady Muck!
Being Chauffeured Like Lady Muck!

I was fairly sure that Zen Dog contributed a lot to Poppy’s calmness on our trip, however on one particular day, I decided to see how much it really worked. I didn’t give her any sprinkles at breakfast, we set off, and within about ten minutes she was a wreck – slobbering, shaking, panting [yes, I did feel insanely guilty, but it was my proof that Zen Dog definitely works, there’s no doubt about it].

One Sleepy Pup!
One Sleepy Pup!

So if your dog gets nervous, and you know what triggers the anxiety – albeit fireworks, going to the vet, staying in kennels etc, I would strongly recommend giving Zen Dog a try. I don’t think it stops the fear altogether [our four-legged friends are far too intelligent for that!] but I firmly believe it helps them to cope with situations, and if they cope, we cope!! For just £7.99 for a 30 day supply, it’s definitely worth the money.

Thank you to Megan and Bella from Pointy Faces for creating a product that really works.

Love Kate and Poppy

xox

 

4 thoughts on “Zen Dog – A Calming Influence for Dogs

  1. Corbett Cottage says:

    Thanks for your review. I’m going to try this with Meg. We’ve tried everything else to calm her down in the car, been through two dog behaviourists and nothing has worked so far (apart from earplugs for the humans!!). Here’s hoping.

    • Kate Taylor says:

      I really hope it helps, please do let me know how you get on with it. It certainly worked with Pops and she really can get quite stressed at times x

  2. Rachel Spencer says:

    Aw what a lovely girl – I am trying their calming tea for my dog Daisy, she’s 12, so similar age to Poppy. I’m hoping it will calm her down for Bonfire night. Paws crossed. Lovely holiday pics too! We love Northumberland and the Lakes.

    • Kate Taylor says:

      Hi Rachel,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read our blog. I really hope the tea helps to calm Daisy – I so hate bonfire night, we went away to Clovelly last year which was perfect as they don’t allow fireworks in the village! We loved our travels around the North of the country, definitely somewhere we’ll be returning to. x

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