Moxie is a Maltese/Bichon rescue dog with anxiety, attachment issues, and some reactive-compulsive behaviors. His owner had weaned him off a pharmaceutical for anxiety, and was looking for a natural alternative without the unpleasant side effects, when she discovered Aldaron Essences. Moxie has responded beautifully to flower essence therapy.
Meet Moxie! Six year old Moxie is owned and loved by Nancy Patterson of New Jersey. Nancy has 4 dogs, but Moxie has a special place in her heart. Moxie had previously been on Fluoxetine, which worked very well but had unwanted side effects, so Nancy was seeking an alternative. Moxie’s story offers a perfect example of highly effective combining of Aldaron Essences’ formulas.
AE: Nancy, welcome! Please tell us about Moxie.
Nancy: Moxie is a Maltese/Bichon rescue. He is 6 years old. Moxie definitely has attachment issues. He was malnourished and had been abused when I rescued him. I am the first person he’s ever trusted. He is very attached to me. We have made progress but he still has a ways to go.
Moxie is also reactive. When anyone would come to our house or tried to leave the house he’d get excited, jump around and nip anyone that got near him. If anyone moved suddenly, he’d get excited, “in the zone” and hard to control. I said he was like an autistic child.
When we are home and he can relax, he is a love. When anything outside of the norm happened, he’d spiral out of control. When I walked him, I had gotten him to the point that he listened to me 80% of the time.
Taking him to the groomers, he’d go crazy because I was leaving him. (He’d get better while he was there.)
I have worked with him for a while now. Initially I was telling him when he was good and giving him positive reinforcement. I made no progress. He was prone to outbursts so I needed a stronger tool. I switched to using a firm low voice and he’s gotten better. I feel he does better when he knows I mean business. I coddled him for so long, thinking I was helping him... I needed to change things up.
AE: What approaches had you tried before trying Aldaron Essences?
Nancy: I hired a trainer. I tried desensitizing him to triggers.
AE: Which formula did you find most helpful?
Nancy: I started with High Anxiety and Over-Attachment formulas. Later I added Equilibrium, and most recently, Poise. Eventually I decided to have you blend his own special formula by mixing the essences from those formulas.
Moxie's flower essence formulas:
Aldaron Essences' Over-Attachment
Aldaron Essences High Anxiety
Aldaron Essences Equilibrium
Aldaron Essences' Poise
AE: Can you describe the differences you’ve seen?
Nancy: Within days I saw Moxie watching things that happened without reacting. He was not as compulsive. When we went for a walk, he was calmer and responding better to me. As time went on he was even better. When we had company (something we avoided for a while) he would get excited at first, but then he would lose interest. He was able to calm down on his own.
Since using the essences, Moxie is much happier. He’s smiling and eager to play. Before this he would be tired from being so stressed.
He is making great progress. He could never pay attention well enough to listen to me. He was always so distracted because of his anxiety. Now, he is able to “think” about what he is doing. He is even able to process consequences. When he is doing something that is not allowed I simply remind him not to. If I have to repeat my reminder I tell him he will get a timeout and he stops.
He is slowly being allowed more freedom. I let him sit in the window for short times. He loves doing that. He can sit there quietly enjoying the sights. If he feels he’s getting too stimulated, he will walk away from the window. He’s never removed himself from a situation before. He seems to be thinking about what makes him feel good and what doesn’t. I am very happy with his progress.
AE: Did you use any other alternative therapies that helped?
Nancy: CBD helped to a degree but he would fall asleep.
AE: Which accomplishments are you are most proud of?
Nancy: Moxie being the happy dog he was meant to be. Moxie is my heart. When I see him smile it melts my heart. Thanks to your essences, he smiles.
My husband is not always a believer in the things that I do to try to help the pups. He said yesterday he cannot believe the difference in Moxie. He said he seems so happy and to really be enjoying life. It brought tears to my eyes.
AE: Any future plans with your dog you’d like to share?
Nancy: Moxie is always a work in progress. I will continue with Aldaron Essences and introduce him to as many new experiences as I can think of. It certainly helped make my life easier.
AE: Any final words for people experiencing similar issues with their dog?
Nancy: I would say to people, be patient and calm. Dogs feed off every drop of your energy. Don’t baby them (I did that). That creates insecurity.
Thanks so much to Nancy for sharing Moxie’s story with us. I think it’s fair to say they are both an inspiration!
Julie Cantrell BSc CDBC
Owner, Aldaron Essences LLC