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It’s amazing how much can change in a few years.  When we adopted Rodrigo and Sydney, we fed them a kibble diet, I thought it was important to allow them to control the walks so that they could have a good time. and I thought Cesar Millan was horrible, although I had never watched his program or read his books.

Today, our dogs eat a raw food diet, I allow our dogs to enjoy their walks while giving them the security of knowing that I’m in control, and I have a lot of respect for Cesar Millan (who is a couple years older than me, wow!).

I credit amazing discussions with dog owners online and offline for the changes in my attitude and opinion on dog care, dog training, and dog nutrition.  And the more I learn about helping our dogs live happier, healthier lives, the more I find myself walking down the path of natural dog care.

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The more I learn about helping our dogs live healthier lives, the more I find myself looking at natural dog care.

This year, I want to learn more about natural care for our dogs.  I keep meeting people who have dogs who live long healthy lives and they never use store bought anything – they go all natural.  Is it possible?

I had the opportunity to review products from Earth Heart.  This is a company that makes natural mists (not sprays) that are both safe, effective and affordable.  I was first introduced to their products in a PetBox that I received.

Canine Calm and Guard Well by Earth Heart

Dog lovers want natural alternatives to dog care.

Canine Calm

We started with Canine Calm by Earth Heart and I planned to spritz the puppies with it on our drive home from Idaho.  Welcome to the family – Spritz!

Turns out that we didn’t need it, but that doesn’t mean that it’s gone unused.  I pulled it out the days leading up to New Year’s for Rodrigo to help him deal with the fireworks and it worked beautifully.  He wasn’t stressed, he didn’t spend one fearful moment in my lap, under a table, or hiding in the garage.

He wasn’t completely unphased by the fireworks, but Canine Calm helped our New Years go by without any stress and I now prefer it to Rescue Remedy, which is bitter to the taste (yep, I tried it) and doesn’t always calm Rodrigo.

Our vet gave us something for him a few years ago that was A W E F UL – it took away all of his anxiety, yes, but he also bolted into the woods at night on a potty break, because he had no fear.  What was scary was that he was really mellow and then he was running like the wind.  We got him back quickly, but we never gave him that medication again.

Guard Well

We also received a bottle of Guard Well in exchange for our honest review of the product.  I was excited about this one, because when Scout and Zoey first joined our family, they would itch like crazy when they came in from outside.

Rodrigo did the same – he was licking his paws raw and I didn’t know what to do.

I started spritzing each of them near their face every other day (it’s a mist not a spray, so it didn’t upset them) and the itching dropped big time.  Of course they still itch here and there, but I’m no longer worried about it.

Is it Woo Woo or Wonderful?

Not sure if you’re aware, but I’m a believer in the woo.  I believe in Law of Attraction, The Universe, Angels, God, and I know I have Spirit Guides.  So I expected my boyfriend to tease me when I started spritzing our dogs.  There was some ribbing and a few eye rolls, but he’s learned to just let me do what I do, because no one is being hurt.

But what’s cool is that these products actually work!

If I sound surprised, it’s because I am.  There are so many people pimping “natural” cures and although I know that natural products have their place in dog (and human) health, I still sometimes wonder if someone is selling snake oil and we’re eating it up, because we want to believe that it works.

So I took my time with this review so that I can see over several weeks that these products work and I’m still very happy.

Have you switched to a natural or alternative care for your dog?


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