Our Teenage Weirds flower essence formula addresses issues common to many adolescent dogs: periods of variable behavior, often combining transient fears, anxiety, and insecurity with bold, challenging, boundary-testing behavior. (Hence the "weird" part!)
Adolescence can be a tough transition for some dogs, especially highly intelligent and observant ones. Often these more intense personalities will go through a period of "teenage weirds", showing anxiety or insecurity combined or alternating with pushy, bossy, testing behavior. This stage is defined by, as much as anything, a changeable, uncertain attitude. Parents of teenage children may recognize the pattern as "angels one minute, devils the next"! Our Teenage Weirds formula fortifies the positive developmental potential of this time, while helping stabilize the emotional pendulum swings so characteristic of this life stage. It increases confidence and courage in dogs that are suddenly displaying fearfulness in normal life situations, and tempers bossy behavior while strengthening positive leadership qualities.
"This has helped with anxiety and boundaries even with my older non teenage dogs. Softer eyes and more attention in stressful situations."
Use Teenage Weirds flower essence blend for dogs to help:
- the adolescent dog that suddenly spooks as if he's never seen men in hats, or babies in strollers, or a grocery bag on the living room floor (etc, etc) ... never, ever before.
- the young dog that tests you one minute, then climbs in your lap for protection the next.
- weird, anxious, spooky behavior that appears typically in adolescence, often in young males.
Similar Aldaron Essences Canine Behavior Support Formulas
- Happy Trails is our flower essence formula designed to add stability, improve confidence, and ease the stress of transitions (including life stages like adolescence).
- Equilibrium combines Bach flower essences to reduce confrontational behavior in dogs, driven by fear and stress.
- Dominance & Territoriality is our flower essence blend for territorial, challenging dogs without fear or stress behind the behavior.
- Moderation is for testy, reactive dogs that have lots of rules (for everyone else, that is). This blend does not address anxiety, fear or life transitions.
- Need something more unique to your dog? You can Design Your Own Formula and we'll blend it for you. You'll find full Bach flower essence descriptions and how to use them right on the page.
Traditional brandy-preserved: Spring water, brandy (20%), essences of Vervain, Vine, Aspen, Mimulus, Scleranthus, Walnut flowers.
Glycerite: Vegetable glycerin, spring water, essences of Vervain, Vine, Aspen, Mimulus, Scleranthus, 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.