Happy Trails - flower essences to improve your dog's adaptability to the changes that life inevitably brings!
Happy Trails formula is designed to help your dog smoothly transition from one environment or life stage to another. This formula improves your dog's ability to confidently adapt to change, reducing anxiety and overwhelm, improving confidence, and helping your dog be both flexible to changes, and stable within himself, at the same time.
Use Happy Trails flower essence formula for dogs when:
- your dog is moving with you to a new location - new house, new apartment, new part of the country.
- your dog is going to live with a new family.
- family members (human or animal) are moving in or moving away.
- making the transition from rescue to foster to forever home.
- placing an older puppy that has never been away from mom or littermates.
- your dog needs to adapt to a new and different day-to-day schedule, such as longer work hours, or trips to daycare.
- your dog is experiencing a life change or life-stage change - spay/neuter, puppyhood to adolescence, adolescence to adulthood, adulthood to senior, etc.
Traditional brandy-preserved: Spring water, brandy (20%), essences of Aspen, Larch, Honeysuckle, Elm, Rock Water, Walnut flowers.
Glycerite: Vegetable glycerin, spring water, essences of Aspen, Larch, Honeysuckle, Elm, Rock Water, Walnut flowers.
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. Read our Instructions on Using and Storing Your Aldaron Essences' Flower Essence Formula.
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.
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.
Sizes & Servings
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, see our Aldaron Essences Sizes and Servings Comparison.
Brandy or Glycerin?
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. Read our full comparison of the pro's and con's of brandy vs glycerin as preservative.
Dropper or Sprayer?
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, read our comparison of dropper versus sprayer.