Crossover is for capable dogs that lack trust and self confidence due to fear of failure or anticipation of correction or punishment.
Why "crossover"? A crossover trainer is typically how one is described when switching from punishment-based dog training methods to reward-based methods. In my experience, the crossover trainer's inspiration for changing training methods is often their own dog. Aldaron Essences' Crossover formula is for dogs who have learned to doubt their own ability, who fear failure or negative consequences from trying, and could use a little help with the transition. This formula helps clear the way for new, healthy learning routines, by establishing confidence and trust in the learning process. Crossover is also helpful for dogs who, by nature or lack of experience in the learning process, lack confidence in their own decisions, and tend to make the same mistakes over and over.
Use Crossover formula to Help:
- dogs previously trained with the use of punishment, that are now being trained with reward, to help them let go of old fears and hesitancy
- dogs moving from one owner to another, especially when the previous owner was heavy-handed, impatient, or intimidating
- dogs that have little positive experience with learning and training, that "assume the worst"
Three to four times each day, give your dog 3-4 drops (or 1 spray), either straight into the dog's mouth or added to a treat or meal. Increase frequency as needed in times of stress. Improvement typically begins within 3 to 14 days and gradually builds over time.
Aldaron Essences formulas, and flower essences in general, are not medications and are not a substitute for veterinary care. Behavior problems can be a sign of something physically wrong – please consult with your animal health care professional regularly, and if your dog experiences any sudden or dramatic change in behavior. In cases of aggression or any threatening or potentially dangerous behavior, Aldaron Essences should always be used in conjunction with, and within the overall framework of a sound, behavior-based training program.
Crossover formula ingredients:
Traditional brandy-preserved: Spring water, brandy (20%), Cerato, Scleranthus, Star of Bethlehem, Chestnut Bud, Cherry Plum, Larch flowers.
Glycerite: Vegetable glycerin, spring water, Cerato, Scleranthus, Star of Bethlehem, Chestnut Bud, Cherry Plum, Larch flowers.
Choosing Product Options
Our most popular size for first time buyers is the 1 oz dropper bottle. It contains approximately 600 drops, and will last about 67 days when given at 3 drops, 3 times per day.
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The traditional choice for preserving flower essences, brandy has excellent preservative qualities, offering a shelf life of up to 3 years. For those wishing to avoid even small amounts of alcohol, glycerin is a good alternative. It's an effective preservative, although less so than brandy. Glycerites should be used within 12-18 months.
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What can I expect from using flower essences?
Flower essences, considered a subtle energy therapy, work to gently correct imbalances in emotional energies. In most cases, you will start by seeing a more balanced, even-keeled reaction in situations that normally trigger a negative or extreme response in your dog. This means that oftentimes what you're looking for is an absence of negative behaviors, or a reduction in their intensity or duration. This is typically intermittent at first, becoming more consistent over time. As you might expect, early behavioral progress tends to be in areas that are less stressful or habitual for the dog, with improvement in more difficult situations building over time. Reinforcing (with praise, affection, etc) the improved responses you see will help speed the process along and help solidify the new, more balanced reactions.
On a physical level, it’s not uncommon to see "softer" eyes, and softer, less tense, more fluid body language, sometimes within minutes of giving the formula. This doesn't always happen - it seems that the more out of balance (e.g. fearful, reactive, stressed) the dog is, the more dramatic the shift will be when first exposed to flower essences. Dogs that are less energetically "out of alignment" tend to respond more gradually and subtly to the balancing effects of flower remedies.
A more in-depth look is available in our article, Flower Essences - What They Are, and How They Can Help your Dog.