Calming Treats For Dog Fence Training

by Gajan Retnasaba on October 11, 2016

Let’s talk dog fence training treats. If you have been hard at work looking for a solution to keep your stubborn dog contained chances are you now know that electric dog fences are all about training contrary to wires used to keep cattle enclosed a trained dog will only be exposed to static correction during the training period. Once the dog has learned to remain within the constraints of their perimeter the invisible fence will seldom be activated. With this in mind the first fourteen days of training are the most important period defining for good how your fence will work when trying to keep your dog contained.

The Two Key Elements of E-collar and Electric Fence Training

When you are training your dogs to use an e-collar and fence it is all about correction and reward. Correction when the dog violates the boundaries, and reward once the dog moves away from the perimeter. In addition to praise and affection consider giving your dog treats. Because training can be stressful we often recommend using a calming treat.

What is a Calming Treat? 

A calming treat is often formulated with ingredients that can calm without changing the personality of your dog. One of the most common ingredients in calming treats is colostrum.

What is Colostrum? 

The first milk produced by mammals, such as cows, is called colostrum. Colostrum provides new-born calves with nutrition well as necessary protection from disease. It contains a large variety of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. It also contains special proteins called immunoglobulins, which are key molecules that sustain the body’s immune balance. Bovine colostrum is similar to the colostrum human mothers produce for their babies, but it contains far more nutrients, including growth factors and immune boosters than human colostrum.

Studies show that immunoglobulins from bovine colostrum enter the body through the epithelial layer of the intestine and unfold their regulatory effects within the massive immune system of the digestive system. Within the gut, they scavenge bacteria and other toxins, and inside the body they exert immune regulatory functions. MIP Colostrum also contains lactoferrin and lactoperoxidase, which are natural antibacterial agents that protect the gut.

Another important component of MIP Colostrum is the proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs), which act to modulate the complex immune system of the body. They work as regulatory hormones that stimulate the thymus gland (the central command organ of the immune system) if the immune system is underactive. On the other hand, PRPs may down-regulate an overactive immune system to reduce inflammation.

How does Colostrum Work?

Although Colostrum is nature’s perfect food for new-borns, it also has a lot of health benefits for children and adults when taken as a dietary supplement. These benefits include protection against the negative effects of physical, mental and environmental stress.

Stress among athletes and other active individuals can lead to reduced energy levels and weakened immune systems. Some high performance athletes develop heat stroke and gut leakiness that often leads to diarrhea and vomiting. Therefore it is no wonder that Olympic coaches and trainers advise athletes to take colostrum as a supplement to their diet. It boosts their performance and enhances their immune resistance to physical stress and gut leakiness. Scientists have found that athletes who take colostrum two weeks before heavy training develop gut stability, thermobalance and improved athletic performance. Studies also suggest that Colostrum can reduce skeletal muscle damage due to oxidative stress following intense exercise.

Emotional and mental stress resulting from life events such as death, personal relationships, and general conflicts can lead to the deterioration of physical and mental health. Individuals who are exposed to various forms of chronic stress factors benefit from the richness of the nutrients found in bovine colostrum. MIP Colostrum has been found to increase energy levels as well as improve moods during periods of anxiety and stress. Its growth factors and immunoglobulins have also been found to be of significant benefit to people who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, an incapacitating condition characterized by general weakness, muscle pain, headache, reduced mental concentration, insomnia, and digestive problems.

People who undergo surgery experience physical and emotional stress before and after their procedure. Studies suggest that the nutrients in bovine colostrum plus its immunoglobulins and growth factors promote tissue healing, immune system recovery and protection against bleeding and infections.

Environmental stress such as heat, pollution and chemical toxins are associated with premature aging, oxidative stress and even genetic mutations that lead to chronic disease. Other common environmental factors include pollen, dust, mould, animal hair, and chemicals that can lead to allergies. MIP Colostrum is known to boost one’s immunity against these environmental health hazards because of its rich PRP content. PRP is a powerful regulator of the immune systems over reaction to allergens. Its lactoferrin content also aids in the regulation of the immune system with its anti-inflammatory properties, thus reducing inflammation caused by allergic reactions.

In a similar fashion colostrum can help your dog maintain optimal physical condition even when exposed to new stressors.

In addition to colostrum calming treats are formulated with L-Theanine which helps the body produce other amino acids to bring specific neurotransmitters back into balance; and B vitamins (thiamine) affect the central nervous system to help calm anxious animals.

Picking The Right Calming Treat For Your Dog

There are many calming treats in the market. In addition to ingredients that reduce the side effects of stress you should select a calming treat that is appealing in shape, texture, size and flavor. Every dog is different take into account your dog’s preferences before selecting a calming treat.

 

These are our favorite calming treats for dog fence training

Composure by VetriScience

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This is a soft treat with chicken and liver flavor. Practical enough to carry in your pocket while training

When pets can’t adapt to stress, it can lead to hyperactivity, abnormal urine marking, excessive scratching, trembling, pacing, excessive panting and destructive or aggressive behavior.
The ingredients in Composure™ work synergistically to support relaxation without changing your dog’s personality or energy levels. The C3™ colostrum calming complex supports stress reduction and cognitive function; L-Theanine helps the body produce other amino acids to bring specific neurotransmitters back into balance; and B vitamins (thiamine) affect the central nervous system to help calm anxious animals.
Our ingredients are well researched and recognized for their natural ability to support balanced behavior. When combined in our formula, they provide a calming effect to support a relaxed state without causing drowsiness or impaired motor skills.
Composure™ is easily administered in a tasty chicken liver flavored soft chew and can be used as a daily supplement or, as needed in stressful situations.

 

Directions for Use: Up to 50 lbs: 1 chew daily.
51-100 lbs: 2 chews daily.
Over 100 lbs: 3 chews daily.
Product can be given daily or on an as-needed basis. It is safe to double or triple the dose in times of increased stress.

Product Facts:
Active Ingredients Per 1 Chew:
Thiamine (Vitamin B1)                                         134 mg
Colostrum Calming Complex™ Biopeptide Blend                    22 mg
L-Theanine (Suntheanine® brand)                                21 mg
Inactive Ingredients: brewers yeast, calcium sulfate, canola oil, chicken liver flavor, citric acid, 
glycerin, maltodextrin, mixed tocopherols, propionic acid, rosemary extract, silicon dioxide, 
sodium alginate, soy lecithin, vegetable oil.
Zuke’s Enhance Calming Functional Treats
image_8106This is a more affordable treat in terms of price. It has a bit more texture than other training treats and it is favored by large dogs.

Crafted in the USA with some of the best ingredients nature has to offer, Zukes Enhance Calming Chews Chicken Formula 5oz support and maintain your dog’s proper body function so your dog can continue to live a healthy, active life. These grain-free tender chews are highly palatable. Each chew should be used for the specific issues the product was designed to support rather than as a general treat for training.

Features & Benefits:
Nature-inspired functional chews
Crafted in small batches
Grain-free

Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Calcium Lactate, Chicken, Chickpeas, Citric Acid, Coconut Oil, Flaxseed Meal, Gelatin, Glycerin, Honey, Lactic Acid, Mixed Tocopherols, Natural Flavor, Pea Flour, Potato, Rosemary, Salt, Sunflower Lecithin, Vinegar. Inactive Ingredients: Passion Flower 25mg, Valerian Root 25mg, Chamomile 12.5mg, Hawthorn Berry 10mg, L-Theanine 10mg
Origin: USA

 

Calming Treat by Pet Naturals of Vermont

Bone-shaped this is a larger treat with a firmer texture than other calming treats

Pet Naturals of Vermont dog supplements are designed to support overall wellness for dogs of any age, breed or size. Calming Dog Chews help encourage your dog to relax without sedation or a change in personality. These functional chews are especially helpful during times of high stress like thunderstorms or trips to the vet. They’re delicious and veterinary formulated with ingredients that work together to support calm behavior, naturally.

Key Benefits

  • L-Theanine and Vitamin B help promote a calming effect and helps support balanced behaviors
  • Works naturally without causing drowsiness
  • Ideal for times of high stress like thunderstorms or trips to the vet
  • Naturally delicious and veterinary formulated
  • Colostrum calming complex has been found to support cognitive functions and manage everyday stress

 

If you are ready to purchase an electric dog containment system you may want to consider ordering a variety of calming treats to learn which one works best for your dog during and after training. Some trainers recommend the use of a high-flavor treat during the training sessions followed by a calming treat immediately after the dog fence familiarization and training.

 

 

 

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