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Beware - not suitable for all dogs!!,
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I purchased this for my hyper-energetic 3 year old cross breed as he was going to be spending a week with a friend while I went on holiday.
He'd already had a trial 'sleepover', after which my friend reported that he'd howled the house down when she went into the garden leaving him behind in the house.
I was obviously concerned that my boy would be traumatised by a week of this - let alone what bother my friend would get into with her neighbours over her noisy houseguest! So after a little research decided valerian was the way to go.
In order to see the effect of the drops on my dog I gave him some on Saturday morning. It wasn't long before I noticed his behaviour had become 'clingy' and he was jumping at noises. The real problem came a couple hours later when a delivery driver came into the garden. Normally my boy gets very excited at 'his visitors' and wants to jump all over them. But this time he went nuts! I have never seen him like it, he was terrified! Que one large puddle of wee, one delivery guy who thought he was about to be attacked and one very smelly dog who needed a bath once he'd calmed down.
Just in case it was something specific about the delivery guy that had upset the dog so badly I gave him another dose on the Sunday morning. Again I noticed that he was unusually clingy and jumpy.
I have done some more research on valerian and have discovered that in some dogs it has the effect of winding them up even more then they already are. It looks like my boy is one of them. Rather then risk another delivery guy episode, I shall be putting him back onto Stay Calm which we have used before with some small success and hoping that after a weekend to settle at my friends he will be happy enough not to get too upset when she has to go to work for the mornings.
I will try the valerian on my neurotic cat to see if it helps him over the winter months which is when he seems least happy.