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Rated 5 Stars By Over 3,500 Pet Owners

January 26, 2022 7 min read

dog owner hacks

12 Natural Remedies for your Dog’s Depression

January, 26 2022

Just like humans, your pup may get the doggie blues sometimes. While you might not always know exactly why your dog is in the dumps, there are natural remedies that can help alleviate symptoms and get back on track.


Sudden changes in your dog’s living situation, like adding a pet or a recent move, can definitely be factors if you notice your dog is down. Since dogs can’t verbalize their emotions like humans, keep an eye on any changes in body language or decreased appetite, which could be a cue that your pup may be struggling with depression. Keep in mind that depression, stress and anxiety go hand in hand, so if your pooch is experiencing more stress than normal, their body is having to work overtime to cope.


There are a lot of homeopathic products and natural remedies on the market, so it’s important to know which ones will work the best for your dog’s particular mental health needs. These are a few of our suggestions for you to try to get your pup perked up again:

1. Supplement Chews



Chews are always a hit with the doggo demographic, especially Bacon and Cheese flavored Zen Chews that contain Hemp, Magnesium, L-Theanine, and Tryptophan to help reduce anxiety and stress, alleviate separation issues and improve mood and overall well-being! One chew a day is all that is needed and there should be a difference in their mood within a week.


Other key ingredients include ginger root, which is good for flushing out toxins, Chamomile, which helps with relaxation and Passion Flower helps to increase the levels of gamma-aminobutyric in the brain, which helps to improve mood and lessen the effects of anxiety.


2. Probiotic Drops



During times of stress or illness, your pooch can have an imbalance in their gut, which can cause depression, reduced energy and immunity and just a blah feeling. Probiotics can help to get that imbalance back in check. Shop around and research which brands of probiotic drops or treats are the best fit for your dog’s size and breed and be sure to read the product reviews because it’s not a one size fits all solution as some brands will have additional ingredients that may or may not be a good fit for your pooch.

3. CBD Oils and Infused Products 



In the past few years, CBD has become all the rage for treating both physical and mental health issues in pets and their humans. If you are new to the CBD scene it’s important to know how much and how often to give to your dog. You can start with one to two drops of CBD oils for every 10 pounds of your fur baby's weight. It takes about 30-45 minutes for CBD oil to start working. Each dose of CBD oil lasts about 4-8 hours depending on your pup’s age, size and weight.


There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to CBD so it’s wise to try different brands. Be sure to check with your vet before beginning any CBD routine.

4. Lion’s Mane Mushroom 



These supplements with an oddball name have been shown to be powerful when it comes to aiding the brain and nervous system, both of which are important to your pup’s mental health. They are especially good if your dog is showing signs of dementia, because they help stimulate the growth, production and connection of neurons in the brain and nervous system, helps improve mood and fend off anxiety. You can add about a teaspoon of powdered mushroom to your dog’s food or give them a daily supplement in a capsule form.

5. Knock out Boredom



Dogs are natural hunters and are happiest when their body and mind are active, especially when they are young. You can work with their natural instincts to run, hunt and play using interactive toys and games.

6. Get Outside and Exercise



Get your dog used to getting regular fresh air and exercise by going for a walk together around

the neighborhood, to the beach or to the local dog park or nature trail. Getting out in nature is a sure-fire way to calm your dog’s anxiety as well as your own. Begin with an easy stroll in the

neighborhood where the sights and sounds are already familiar, then step up your game by

venturing out into nature. Trail or beach hikes can be tricky for untrained dogs so it’s important

that you and your pup are both prepared.

7. Give your Fur baby a Mini Massage



Just like humans, animals have pressure points and hold stress in different areas of the body. You could get a massage for your dog at a local pet grooming parlor or at the vet but to save on costs DIY is the best option. For starters, dogs love to be touched, but massaging your pet can also promote a stronger bond, lower your heart rate and blood pressure, and cause your body to release oxytocin, which is the “love drug,” in your brain. Giving your pup a 5-10 minute massage can help to alleviate the bodily stress and help your dog relax and feel more comfortable with you. Massaging your pooch can also be a great bonding and relaxing experience for you both.

8. Sniff Out Something New with Scent Work



Scent work is a fun and easy activity that you can try out indoors or outdoors and allows your dog to practice what they do best, sniffing. Going on a scent walk will also perk up your pooch with new and exciting smells to experience. You can set up a simple DIY starter kit for scent work and your dog will be ready to move on to more advanced work in no time. If you’re looking to start off differently, you can also try hiding some kibble and treats around the house and in the backyard.

9. Doggie Play Dates 




The more your pooch is around other people and other dogs, the better their overall mood will be. Dogs who tend to be cooped up can become depressed and have higher levels of anxiety. Try bringing them to a dog park or a dog bar at least once a week so they can socialize with other dogs and they will begin to look forward to making the weekly trip.


Being around other dogs will also help your pup adapt to higher anxiety environments. Start with bringing them out for no more than an hour and when you get there, let them take their time sniffing and getting to know their surroundings.

10. Music Therapy



Music has the uncanny ability to impact the listener’s mood -- so, why wouldn’t that also apply to our pets? A 2017 study examined the effect of different genres of music on stress levels in kenneled dogs. What they found was that when any genre of music was played, the dogs spent more time laying down. The study also discovered that when listening to soft rock and reggae, there was a significant reduction in stress, and concluded that listening to music influenced physiological and behavioral changes in the dogs that were observed, validating that music can help reduce signs of stress and anxiety in dogs. Whether it’s during a storm or if you just want to chill with your pup, play Chewy’s Zen Dog Playlist for relaxing, easy favorites, curated just for dogs -- we bet you’ll like it too!

11. Aromatherapy



For around $20, you can purchase an aromatherapy lamp which glows in different colors and sends out a beautiful scent of whatever essential oils you choose. You could also rub a small amount of the aromatherapy scent onto a blanket or cuddle toy, which can be uber effective in helping calm your dog and alleviate anxiety. Since dogs have a more powerful sense of smell than humans, don’t overdo it on the smells. Some good scents to try are Bergamot which helps to balance emotions and ease panic. Lavender is easy to find and, just like with humans, the scent evokes a natural state of calm. Frankincense is an oldie but goodie, which can help slow breathing during times of stress or fear. Often used to alleviate PTSD symptoms, Spikenard is grounding and calming, while Geranium Rose can help bring a sense of calm and balance to your pup.


12. Therapeutic Wrap or Warm Towel



For around $20, you can purchase a therapeutic body wrap which helps to calm your dog’s anxiety. If you are at home, try wrapping your pup in a warm, moist towel, or one from right out of the dryer, for about 20 minutes. One of your T-shirts might also do the trick, since your pup will feel more comforted wrapped in something that smells like you. If you often find your pup taking a snooze in the crate, it’s a good indicator that your dog feels comfy, cozy and stress-free in that tiny little “safe space.” If the crate is already in a quiet area of the house, cover the top and sides with a blanket; if your dog isn’t a chewer, toss in a comfy pet bed and a few of your pup’s favorite snuggle toys. If your pup prefers something other than a crate, make a special cozy corner in the closet. Ideally, the closet should be away from windows. Most likely, doggo will be thrilled to hang around shoes and clothes that smell just like you -- unless pup likes to chew on shoes!