"My dog is very good at agility, but is terrified of dogs and people. I started using this formula, and she is more comfortable, relaxed..."
Fear & Suspicion formula was developed for fearful, defensive dogs that react aggressively or offensively when they feel threatened. These dogs become suspicious, leery, and untrusting, especially when anxious and stressed. Please note that many dogs that benefit from this formula get along fine in their everyday lives, when in comfortable situations, but become reactive and potentially threatening when stressed or frightened. One of our first blends (developed in 1994), Fear & Suspicion is still one of our most frequently relied-upon formulas!
Use Fear & Suspicion to Help:
- dogs that, by nature or through experience, lack trust and become self-protective when in unfamiliar or stressful situations
- abused, neglected, or under-socialized dogs that are aggressively afraid of being touched, cornered, stared at, etc
- any dog that becomes defensive when overwhelmed (at the vet's, boarding, grooming, visitors at the house, etc)
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.
Fear & Suspicion formula ingredients:
Traditional brandy-preserved: Spring water, brandy (20%), Rescue Remedy, essences of Aspen, Mimulus, Elm, Holly flowers.
Glycerite: Vegetable glycerin, spring water, Rescue Remedy, essences of Aspen, Mimulus, Elm, Holly 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.
To compare number of servings, how long a bottle will last, and even your average cost per week for each size, click here.
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.
The choice between dropper and fine mist sprayer is really a matter of personal preference (yours and your dog's). Each is equally effective for administering flower essences.
If you're unsure which to choose, click here for a comparison of the main considerations.
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.