“Training secrets” is the theme for this week’s Positive Pet Training Blog Hop and I wanted to focus on my newest positive training secret – Canine CBD Oil!

Simon and Piper are both rescue dogs. I don’t know whether this is a coincidence or related to coming from rescue backgrounds but both dogs have fairly significant anxiety issues. I describe Simon’s anxiety as “Excess Energy Anxiety” and Piper’s as “Fear Anxiety” In both cases, their anxiety can make training sessions difficult.

Simon is extremely food motivated but when his anxiety is over threshold, he has a little trouble distinguishing between treats and my fingers 😉 While we hike and go to special off leash trails where Simon can burn off some of his energy, he remains at a pretty high anxiety level all the time. (I will be testing Canine CBD Oil with Simon and will report back in a future post)

With Piper it’s especially challenging to do any training when she’s fearful or anxious because she’s not particularly food motivated. Finding positive training alternatives requires tremendous patience and creativity. If you follow Sarcastic Dog you know I’ve been working with Piper for more than a year to overcome her fear of the car .

Piper always loves where we go but getting in the car to get to and return from our destination is quite traumatic. We’d been gently moving closer and closer to the car with lots of treats and praise but the minute I would open the door to the car, she’d freeze. While this was a huge step forward, given that for months she’d put on the brakes at the edge of the parking lot, no amount of treats would get her into the car.  

Our veterinarian recommended prescription medications for both dogs but I’m always afraid of going down that road. In an effort to avoid prescription drugs, I started searching for non-pharmaceutical options to relieve their anxiety so that we could continue our training efforts. I will talk about Simon in a future post about CBD oil but for the positive pet training hop, I am focusing on how canine CBD oil is helping Piper overcome her fear of the car.

Canine CBD Oil for dogs can be used to ease anxiety making positive training sessions easier and more effective

In advance of a weekend trip to the mountains, the first in more than I year where I would be taking Piper, I spoke with an incredibly knowledgable salesperson at a local natural pet store. I settled on a CBD Oil from a local Boulder company. Based on the formula we selected (500mg) and Piper’s weight, it was recommended that we start with 3-4 droppers about 30 minutes before attempting to get in the car. 

Using CBD oil to aid positive training efforts with anxious dogs. #cbdoil Click To Tweet

Normally, Piper resists getting into the car and once in the car, she freezes with her head bowed but not resting on the seat. She doesn’t relax or look around and she is clearly distressed. The day of the trip, I gave Piper her dose of canine CBD Oil, directly into her mouth and while waiting for the oil to take affect, I loaded the car and got everything ready so all we’d have to do was grab some treats and head to the car. 

I am a devoted Harry Potter™ fan so you can feel confident that I don’t  just throw magical terms around willy nilly. When I say that our first experience with CBD Oil felt like I’d won a bottle of Felix Felicis AKA “liquid luck”, (see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince…No joke! You should totally see it! And read the book. It’s so good! But I digress.) you know I am being completely serious!

Piper was still tentative but she got right into the car. It took her a moment to decide that she wanted to be in the front passenger seat where she could lay her head on the center arm rest console and see me the whole time. I created a safe “nest” for her (we’re going to have to work on that but, as the saying goes, “baby steps”) and off we went to the mountains. While she didn’t fall asleep on the 90 minute ride up to Summit County, she was relaxed and looked around a bit and when we drove home the next day, she actually slept a bit in the car! 

Canine CBD Oil. CBD Oil for dogs can be used to ease anxiety making positive training sessions easier and more effective

Piper chillin’ in the car after a hike in the mountains!

I am so excited to keep working with Piper and can’t wait to see how Simon responds to CBD oil!

 

What is Canine CBD oil and is it safe?

Canine CBD Oil

I will be sharing much more about CBD oil in future posts but in a nutshell, Cannabidoil. (CBD) is hemp oil is made from high-CBDlow-THC hemp.  For dogs in particular, the low-THC hemp plant is a much safer choice, as it produces no psychoactive effects (meaning your dog will NOT get high). CBD oil products are non-psychoactive. You want to make sure that you are using a brand of canine CBD oil that is specifically formulated for dogs with the lowest possible THC level.

Canine CBD Oil for dogs can be used to ease anxiety making positive training sessions easier and more effective

CBD oil is legal and safe. Your dog cannot overdose on CBD oil. However, as with any other product, you want to read and follow all directions. Typically, dosage is based on weight and dependent on the number of mg of CBD oil in the formula.

This is not to be construed as veterinary advice. While many veterinarians are beginning to learn about the benefits of CBD oil in treating arthritis, pain, and anxiety in dogs, many are not aware of or able to provide answers to questions. We highly recommend contacting companies who specialize in canine CBD oil directly with any questions or concerns. 

Have you tried Canine CBD oil? If yes, how did it work for your dog? If not, what are your concerns?

About the Author:

Alison Reder

102 Comments

  1. Jan K July 10, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    We are not trying the pure oil, but we will be trying some CBD treats. I’m so glad to hear you are seeing good things with Piper so far! I know what you mean about training anxious dogs. When I work with Luke to “go to his bed” when someone comes to our house, he does great…when we’re training, and no one is actually here! It’s much tougher when there’s actually someone outside to get him to focus (he is extremely fearful of strangers).
    Like you, I do not want to turn to prescription meds. It was bad enough we were forced to in order to get him to the vet; I don’t want to use it every day. This seems like such a great alternative, and I can’t wait to give it a try.
    Thanks so much for joining the hop, such as it is (hopefully we’ll have the linky soon….).

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 10, 2017 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      So far, I am completely blown away with how quickly and effectively it worked for Piper. We’ve been able to take two trips to see friends in the mountains in the past month and we’re working up to a camping trip! We will be trying CBD treats and supplements as well and I will be writing about our experiences in the coming months. Happy to be back on the blog hop wagon! It’s been a little while 😉

  2. Kari July 10, 2017 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Wow! That’s amazing. I wish this had been an option when I struggled with my first reactive dog, Isis. We had her on Prozac, but I didn’t notice any positive change. I will definitely keep this in mind should we face similar challenges in the future.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 10, 2017 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      I think we will be seeing more and more studies and more research into the effects of CBD oil in treating dogs who struggle with anxiety, arthritis and other pain I’ve heard such mixed things about the various pharmaceutical options so I am really happy to be starting down this path.

  3. Amanda July 10, 2017 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    I’d like to try something like this with Khloee. We’ve done everything we can to help with her separation anxiety, and a product like CBD oil is our last option.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 10, 2017 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      I was so impressed with how quickly and effectively it seemed to work for Piper. If you do try it for Khloee’s separation anxiety, please let me know how it goes.

  4. Jen Gabbard July 10, 2017 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    We haven’t tried it, but if I was looking for something to ease my dog’s anxiety I would absolutely consider it. There’s so much information out there on how it helps people, I’m glad that we’re starting to look into the benefits it can have for our canine friends as well.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 10, 2017 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      I think we’ll be hearing more and more about the benefits as more research comes out. There are all kinds of clinical trials happening. Unfortunately, Zora, my 14-year old lab was not selected for a current trial happening at CSU that is looking at the use of CBD oil in treating osteoarthritis. She has some neurological deficits that could skew the results.

  5. Christine Caplan July 10, 2017 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    What I love is that you cannot overdose. I was looking at the treat brand we’re about to try and it’s the same drill. Since Walter is super reactive I can use one whole treat which won’t result in an overdose. So this is interesting that it also applies to the oil which is also on my list to try. I know how hard you’ve been working on stress free car rides and what a difference this can make — rather than short trips to local walks you get to try long trips for long hikes! I’m so excited for you all! I’m just a mere muggle but Piper looks pretty content in that pic!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 11, 2017 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      I know we’ve only just started exploring the world of CBD oil but, so far, I’m a major believer. More to come in future posts but what an incredible joy it is to be able to get back out and do things outside the neighborhood that require a card ride! Really excited about seeing how Simon responds and if it helps Zora’s osteoarthritis pain.

  6. Lara Elizabeth July 11, 2017 at 7:59 am - Reply

    I got some CBD cookies for the Ginger Sisters to help them through the 4th of July holiday. I feel that they really did take the edge off for them, particularly Ruby. It’s awesome that CBD oil is working for Piper!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 11, 2017 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      I’m so glad it helped during the fireworks. That’s a serious test! I’ll be testing some CBD supplements with Zora to see if it eases her osteoarthritis symptoms and I’ll post about our results.

  7. Jenna July 11, 2017 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Where can I purchase this? Our pup is also a rescue with some severe anxiety issues. When shes anxious, she’s a lot like Piper and won’t go for any type of treats.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 11, 2017 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      Hi Jenna! I’m working on sourcing some to sell through the website and I don’t want recommend a product I haven’t tried but I will see if you can order the one we tried online and will let you know. You can try a natural pet store near you but make you ask about the THC content (it should be low or non-existent) and make sure that the salesperson actually seems knowledgable.

      • Jenna July 14, 2017 at 5:10 pm - Reply

        I ended up purchasing the 250 mg of this same brand. How much would you recommend giving our dog Sandy? Shes about 60 lbs.

        • Alison Reder
          Alison Reder July 14, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

          Hi Jenna. I had purchased the 500 mg bottle and for Piper, who is 50lbs, they suggested that I start with 2-3 droppers. So for 60lbs you could probably start with 2.5 to 3.5 droppers.

          • Jenna July 14, 2017 at 8:30 pm - Reply

            Are those full droppers?! That seems like so much

            • Alison Reder
              Alison Reder July 18, 2017 at 6:20 pm - Reply

              Yes. Remember you can’t overdose your dog. You can start with 15 drops and see if you notice a difference and then work your way up to the correct dosage for your dog.

  8. Noni Stearns July 11, 2017 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    This looks very promising. I hope Piper continues to benefit and that Simon might as well. Would you be able to try it with Zora with a vet’s advice re; dosage, etc.?

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 11, 2017 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      Very promising! Yes to both of your questions. Trying to figure out dosing for Simon and we are actually going to be starting on a CBD mobility supplement for Zora. Vets are still getting up to speed and, so far there isn’t a universal dosing recommendation so still much to learn and share but I’m thrilled with the results so far 🙂

  9. Beth July 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    I am going to try this for my dogs! Sophie gets so worked about going places that she barks non stop. It is really unpleasant to take her places in the car.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 11, 2017 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      Preach! That is 100% Simon. He does this high pitched very loud whine/bark combo in the car. It’s delightful 😉 If you try the oil, let me know how it goes.

  10. Melinda July 11, 2017 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    I’m really interested in trying this. I have an anxious 10 year old min pin (major stranger danger at home with people knocking or entering the house) and a 6 month old rescue husky (rescued at 10 weeks) who has separation anxiety. Our husky is still pretty moldable but our min pin needs work. We tried anxiety meds but I hated the way he was on them. I weaned him off and right now what’s working for him is Vetriscience Composure chews and a pheromone collar. I feel like this oil could be beneficial to my old man in general as he’s not a pup anymore 🙁 This might be good for the husky too during those times we have to crate him! Thanks for this!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 13, 2017 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      I am truly excited about the possibilities that CBD oil offers. Still much to learn but we didn’t have much luck with the Vetriscience Composure. I think the oil gets into their systems much more quickly. I will be writing more about CBD oil as I research and test more brands. If you do try CBD oil with either of your pups, please let me know what you think.

  11. Pamela July 11, 2017 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    So glad you’re seeing positive results. Hope CBD oil also helps Simon.

    One of my foster dogs was extremely fearful. I wonder if this would have helped her?

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 13, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      So far, I am amazed at the results. I will definitely let everyone know how it works for Simon and I’m about to start Zora on a mobility CBD formula for her osteoarthritis. I’ll report back on how that works as well.

  12. Jill Van Vlack July 12, 2017 at 5:20 am - Reply

    I use CBD powder & Oil on 1(used to be 2) of my dogs & 2 of my cats! The cats just get the powder, 1 of the dogs used have high anxiety & was on the powder for a year, & I now don’t need it for him, but 1 of my other dogs has cancer & is terminall ill, so I use the powder & the oil. The powder we get from Canna Companion it comes in a capsule, & the oil we get from highland Pharms

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 13, 2017 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      I haven’t heard of CBD powder but I will definitely look into it. I’m researching companies, processing methods, dog versus human formulas and dosing recommendations. I’m sorry to hear about your pup with cancer. I hope the CBD oil is helping.

  13. Heather Wallace July 12, 2017 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Loving the Harry Potter reference! I have not used CBD oil as yet, just the treats but I found CBD to be amazing for my dog, Beau and his excess energy and anxiety. He sounds like a cross between Simon and Piper, although he internalizes a lot of his fear. I totally support positive training and the work you are doing with Piper. CBD oil will definitely help take the edge off.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 13, 2017 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      Glad you appreciated the HP reference 🙂 I can’t wait to try the oil with Simon. He is about as high octane a lab that has ever been, even at 10! I would love to be able to take a car ride with him where he isn’t whining and barking the whole time. #wishfulthinking

  14. Cathy Armato July 12, 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Congratulations Piper!! I’m so happy you’ve found something that works so great, I can’t wait to hear how Simon does on the CBD oil. I’m becoming very interested in Natural calming elements like CBD products. Thanks for sharing!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 13, 2017 at 4:33 pm - Reply

      Happy to be sharing what I’m learning. Much more to come as we try other CBD oils, treats and supplements.

  15. Paroma Chakravarty July 12, 2017 at 11:04 am - Reply

    My babu does not have any anxiety issues as such except when it comes to fireworks and he is terrified of them.Do you think CBD oil will work in these situations?

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 13, 2017 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      I absolutely think it will work. I’ve been hearing from folks all over that CBD oil really helped their pups get through the 4th! It can absolutely be used on an ongoing basis or situationally.

  16. Kamira Gayle July 12, 2017 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Hmm I never heard of CBD before but this sounds great. So glad Piper responded so well. I too prefer to try alternative more natural supplements over Rx by the doctors. I feel better knowing it’s safer and can be just as successful. Clearly in this case, point proven. Thanks for sharing your experience. 🙂

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 13, 2017 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      I will be writing more in future posts about our experiences as we test different brands and formulas. Happy to share! 🙂

  17. The Island Cats July 12, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

    I’ve been hearing lots of great things about CBD oil not only for dogs but cats as well. I’m going to look into trying it with my kitty who is experiencing some health issues. Of course, I’ll run it by my vet as well. Thanks for this! ~Island Cat Mom

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 13, 2017 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      Please let me know if you do try CBD oil with you cats! I don’t know anything about the safety/formulas for use with cats and I’d be very interested to hear about what you learn from your vet or natural pet store.

  18. Debbie July 12, 2017 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Sounds like it really works! I love that Piper was so much calmer in the car. That’s such a sore spot for some dogs and anything that can help take the edge off and make a better experience for you pup is worth a shot!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 13, 2017 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      I have never had a dog that didn’t LOVE the car. Zora gets in the car and just sits there waiting to get wherever we are going. Simon loves the car a little too much 😉 He has to be crated in the car and he is EXTREMELY vocal during car rides…for the ENTIRE car ride… (We’ll be trying the CBD oil on him next) Piper is the first dog I’ve had who was genuinely terrified in the car. She’d freeze and wouldn’t relax. It was awful. The CBD oil is pretty amazing!

  19. Dash Kitten Crew July 12, 2017 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    How encouraging that Piper is taking steps forward and that she has a mum like you who is a gift in wanting to help! So many would dump a dog who needs a bit of help. They don’t think of the rewards at the end of the process – a happy loving (and gorgeous) dog!

    This stuff is Felix Felicis isn’t it. (good book!!)

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 13, 2017 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      Thank you! I think she’s pretty beautiful too 🙂 You are so right about so many dogs ending up back in shelters because people either don’t have the patience or the resources to explore all the options. I would love to see how the use of CBD oil could reduce stress in shelter situations. Felix Felicis indeed! 🙂

  20. Jana Rade July 12, 2017 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    I’m always happy to hear when something works. Though this still scares me a bit. We did use Adaptil for the same purpose.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      I’m curious why CBD scares you. If you would be willing to share (either here or message me privately) I would really like to get a good handle on the fears, concerns and questions that folks have as I continue to research CBD.

  21. Lola The Rescued Cat July 12, 2017 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Yay for Piper! We’re so glad this helped her and we’re looking forward to seeing how Simon does.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 13, 2017 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      Thanks! I will keep everyone posted on the progress. I will also be sharing about how it works for 14-year old Zora and her osteoarthritis symptoms.

  22. Ruth Epstein July 12, 2017 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    I have heard only positive about the oil which is awesome and was actually talking to my Boss about it today, Layla gets hemp hearts in her food daily at the moment so am open to any more info about CBD also as with age she is beginning to get scared over simple things

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 13, 2017 at 4:52 pm - Reply

      I am loving it so far! If you try it with Layla, let me know how it goes. 🙂

  23. Sweet Purrfections July 12, 2017 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    How nice to hear this worked for you. Maybe this is something my mom could try with her dog when there are thunderstorms (which we have a lot in the South). He gets very anxious.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 13, 2017 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      Definitely! It really can be used situationally and it seems like the oil really gets into their systems faster than the treats.

  24. Talent Hounds July 13, 2017 at 6:33 am - Reply

    I am so excited about CBD Oils. I am planning to try them for my arthritis, pain and stress. I had an appointment with a specialist. I would also love to try for Kilo for his terrible anxiety but unfortunately, they are a controlled substance in Canada and there is no legal way to distribute for pets yet-even from industrial Hemp. Humans can get CBD in many forms with a prescription from a licensed medical distributor. The legal challenges mean that there have been no clinical trials on dogs that I have found yet. Even the human evidence is limited but growing. There are plans to legalize marijuana for humans by next July but there has been no decision yet how or where you will be able to buy it by province (we have to buy wine in a govt controlled liquor store chain and beer in a beer store chain so not exactly easy). You are so lucky to have good options. I have seen a few brands from Colorado. Keep me in the look on how this continues for Simon and Piper.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 13, 2017 at 4:59 pm - Reply

      I’m hearing great things about the use of CBD oil in treating human arthritis, pain, stress and seizures.I would imagine that as the body of evidence around the benefits and safety grows, it will become legal in Canada. While marijuana is not yet legal across the entire US, CBD oil is legal in all 50 states because it does not have psychoactive properties. Colorado does seem to have a good number of companies making high quality products for dogs. I will be trying CBD to alleviate Zora’s osteoarthritis symptoms as well as Simon and Piper’s anxiety and I will definitely keep you in the loop!

  25. Shayla July 13, 2017 at 10:39 am - Reply

    We recently tried this with my old pup for firework season here in Utah, and it was so helpful! I added it to my list of options for clients in my training classes too. What a great review!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      I think it’s a great training tool, especially for high energy/high anxiety or fearful dogs. Glad you liked the review!

  26. Jodi Stone July 14, 2017 at 11:08 am - Reply

    So…I’ve been waiting on some CBD treats for Sampson to use with his arthritis, and I’m anxious to see if it helps.

    Something you said just made a light bulb click in my head. 🙂

    Delilah is also a rescue dog and highly treat motivated. Like your Simon, getting her to take a treat without eating my fingers is challenging. Here’s the light bulb mo. (Harry Potter reference there) 😉 I never considered her excitement over treats as being able to be treated with anti-anxiety. I may just need another bag of CBD treats!

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Also, we should totes bring our robes to the next BlogPaws. 🙂

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 14, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      I’m about to try some CBD treats for Zora’s osteoarthritis too so we can compare notes! I will definitely let you know how it works on Simon’s high energy anxiety as well. And, YES!! There must be an HP themed cocktail hour at the next BlogPaws! Wands at the ready! 🙂

  27. Michelle & The Paw Pack July 14, 2017 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Awesome that it’s working well for your dogs! For awhile now CBD oil has been one of the things I always keep in stock for my boys. My older dog has mild arthritis and gets CBD oil on his “bad days” to help him feel more comfortable. My younger dog has a lot of fear/anxiety issues so gets CBD daily. To be honest for how expensive it is I wish it helped him a bit more than it does, but I’ve read many many accounts of it helping dogs with anxiety. For my boy it does take the edge off a bit, and we work with an awesome holistic vet who’s been able to suggest other supplements that, in conjunction with CBD oil, seem to really be helping my little guy. I love that you wrote about using CBD oil with positive training, as I think more than anything all the positive based training is by far what has helped my dog the most.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 14, 2017 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      I think we still have so much to learn about the benefits of CBD oil and I would be very interested in hearing about the supplements your holistic vet recommends in conjunction with the oil. When it comes to Simon, I’m not sure there is a large enough bottle of CBD oil on the market 😉 So glad your pups are getting some relief with the combination of oil and supplement!

  28. Beth July 16, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    That’s fantastic! I’m so glad that you found something that is working so well. I really haven’t heard much about using CBD oil with dogs before reading this, so we haven’t tried it, but it sounds like it’s definitely worth looking into for anxious pups! Thanks for joining the hop!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 18, 2017 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      Please let me know if you do try CBD oil. I’d love to hear about other’s experiences as I keep researching and learning. Great hop this month!

  29. MMJ Canada July 21, 2017 at 4:41 am - Reply

    Hi Alison! It’s so good to know that CBD Oil worked with Piper! I can’t wait for Simon’s turn.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 24, 2017 at 8:58 am - Reply

      I will absolutely keep everyone posted on how CBD works for my crew. Also starting 14-year old Zora on a canine mobility CBD formula to see if it will help with her osteoarthritis symptoms.

  30. Chris July 25, 2017 at 3:56 am - Reply

    Great method you got there. I never had issues getting my dog inside the car, but I always heard of stories of some friends about their dog getting anxious getting inside the car. This oil seems to be effective. Thanks for sharing

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder July 27, 2017 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      Thanks for checking out the blog. So far the CBD oil has been a tremendous help. We are also testing some CBD powder that goes on the dog’s food. I’ll keep everyone posted on our progress.

  31. Alica July 30, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

    As a new dog owner, i don’t know before about it let me try, thank for sharing!!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder August 9, 2017 at 12:49 pm - Reply

      Please let me know if you do try CBD oil. I have been so impressed and would love to hear about your experience. 🙂

  32. jordan August 24, 2017 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Great article! Really excited to see how CBD can help dogs moving forward. Would love to see more companies doing research with it!

    Thanks for the info!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder September 10, 2017 at 10:07 am - Reply

      You are so welcome! I am a HUGE fan of CBD oil and am continuing to research as much as I can. I will share more here on the blog as I gather more helpful information. Thanks for checking out the blog!

  33. Denise August 27, 2017 at 10:17 am - Reply

    We love CBD oil and all of it’s benefits. Really all of the results and reviews have been positive and I find that really exciting! I’m glad you are using it for both types of anxiety and will be watching to see all of your results.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder September 10, 2017 at 10:08 am - Reply

      It’s a really exciting development in both animal and human health. Happy to share more as we learn more! 🙂

  34. Rene W September 12, 2017 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Where did you get your CBD oil? Are there companies you prefer over others? I would like to try CBD oil with our pup who gets VERY nervous in the car but hesitate buying blind of the net. Thanks!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder September 17, 2017 at 1:09 pm - Reply

      Hi Rene! I am still researching CBD Oils that I like but so far, I am loving CBDRx. I hope to start offering it here on the blog something before the holidays. I also like American Shaman and Anderson’s but I’m not sure if they are available online yet. Please check back soon as I will be writing more about CBD Oil next month.

  35. Amy Sharp September 26, 2017 at 6:15 am - Reply

    Hey there Alison and pups! I’m new to your website and am super excited that this worked for you! I’ve been doing research myself on CBD oil but for my aunt who has very bad arthritis. I had read that it can help with anxiety but I had no idea that there was a formula for dogs! I’ve been walking dogs in NYC for over 7 years and have cared for a fair amount of dogs with all kinds of anxiety. One in particular has car anxiety and he just huffs and puffs the whole time. I’ll definitely be telling clients about this!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 1, 2017 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      Hi Amy! Thanks for checking out the blog. I am learning so much about the use of CBD oil with dogs and am absolutely a huge fan!I’ve been truly impressed with the results particularly with Piper’s nervousness in the car and Simon’s general anxiety, though I’m still trying to find the right formula and dosage for Simon to further decrease his general anxiety. I’m working with a couple of companies to offer some formulas here on the blog. Please let me know how CBD oil is working with the dogs that you walk and if you have a particular brand or company you like.

  36. Aaron C. September 28, 2017 at 9:18 am - Reply

    I didn’t know you could use CBD oil for dogs. I thought it would be toxic like chocolate. Thanks for writing!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 1, 2017 at 1:36 pm - Reply

      My understanding is that the formulas for dogs have no THC or very, very little THC so they are safe. Everything I’ve learned so far suggests that CBD oil is safe and effective as long as it is a dog-specific formula.

  37. Boxer Dog October 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing such an informative and detailed article with us.I have a boxer dog.I want to ask can I use CBD oil for him?waiting for your reply 🙂

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder October 29, 2017 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      CBD oil is safe for all dogs. I hope to be carrying a line of high quality CBD on the website soon but in the meantime, since CBD is legal in all states, you should be able to find a local store or online vendor. Look for a vendor who makes a pet-specific CBD oil as it should have virtually no THC in the formula. Let me know how it goes and if you have more questions.

  38. Charles Sarver November 6, 2017 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing positive training. It is very informative and useful for me.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 19, 2017 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      So glad you found the content to be useful! Stop by again anytime 🙂

  39. Rosie Tran November 30, 2017 at 9:16 am - Reply

    i have not ever used CBD oil for my dog, I am going to try this for Lola. Thanks for sharing informative article!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder November 30, 2017 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      Thanks! It’s absolutely worth trying!

  40. Arina Thoggy December 4, 2017 at 6:27 am - Reply

    I never use such type of oil for my dog, but if you are saying then I think I should try it once to my dog. Thanks for such useful information.

  41. Ty December 20, 2017 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Started my dog Merle’s heartworm treatments on Monday and am using it to help him stay calm during his recovery and it is working like a charm! He’s made it through the first two days and already has his personality back and has never seemed to be in pain. He’s still sleeping a lot, but when he’s not he is extremely calm, yet still himself. More CBDs please!!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder January 14, 2018 at 1:22 pm - Reply

      I am so happy to hear that you are having success with CBD oil. I am continuing to research different brands and formulations and will be carrying some on the blog soon. Also, best of luck during the heart worm treatments. I know it takes a while and it’s hard to keep heart worm positive dogs calm so kudos to you for being patient and helping Merle through the treatment 🙂 Keep us posted!

  42. Dana February 4, 2018 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    My dog has severe separation anxiety. He’s been on 40mg of Prozac for over a year. My vet has tried a few other medications with the Prozac but it either made it worse or no difference. I worked with two different trainers, that were highly recommended. Most other trainers refused to work with a ‘pitbull’ with unknown history. I found my dog on the side of the road.
    So I finally went to a behavioral veterinarian. She increased the Prozac to 60mg and added 200mg of trazadone twice a day. Plus I was already giving him 200mg of L-THEANINE. As soon as started the new medication he seemed worse. I had ordered CBD oil. So after 3 days on the new medication I gave him 2 drops of CBD oli. No change. Next day 2 drops then 2 drops about 2 hours later. To my disappointment his general anxiety was the worst it’s ever been.
    Do you know of any negative effects of CBD oil and medications. Everything I read says no. I’m exhausted and running out of options. Just looking for any feedback. Thank you!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder February 11, 2018 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Hi Dana! I’m so sorry for the delayed response. I haven’t seen anything that suggests that CBD is contraindicated with other medications. However, I’m also not sure how much testing has been done with CBD and more traditional meds being used together. I will say that with Piper, I recently noticed a change in her behavior and wasn’t sure if it was anxiety from our recent move and/or the addition of a new dog, Lila, to our house. I had the vet run a complete blood panel and despite the fact that Piper showed NONE of the symptoms of thyroid issues (weight gain, lethargy etc.) it turns out that both her T4 and Free T4 were way off. We started her on thyroid meds a week ago and I am already noticing her improved mood. If you have not already done so, I would request a complete medical workup at your veterinarian to rule out any underlying medical issue that could be causing the anxiety. Separation anxiety is tough! What mg dose are you using for the CBD oil?

    • Siviana Conte April 14, 2018 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      I’m using CBD oil for my dog too. I’ve been to the vet and asked him about the side effects and the vet said that there are no side effects of using CBD oil with other drugs and supplements

  43. FrenchieWiki May 23, 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    CBD oil is a miracle in both humans and dogs! I know a friend that had given CBD oil to his dog to treat its seizures. My vet has also told me that CBD oil is okay for pets as long as it has NO THC. There are so many benefits of CBD! I’m glad it helped your dog overcome its fear of the car!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder June 1, 2018 at 10:36 am - Reply

      CBD oil that is formulated for pets (zero or trace amounts of THC only) is safe and has been shown to be effective in treating seizures, providing pain relief, calming anxiety and more! I’m glad to hear that more and more veterinarians are embracing CBD as a support for care.

  44. Margaux Espinosa May 30, 2018 at 6:32 am - Reply

    There are some instances that I believed that marijuana doesn’t give us a good benefit. I came across this article saying that CBD can be a useful as a medicine. My pet Goldie (Labrador) was suffering from mast cell tumors a form of skin cancer. And i don’t know how he will be cured then one of my friends told me to use CBD for him. I don’t know if it really works? Any suggestion for this?

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder June 1, 2018 at 10:32 am - Reply

      I haven’t come across any definitive studies about CBD oil being a cure for any form of cancer. I have successfully used CBD oil myself and with my dogs,and have found it highly effective in providing pain relief, anxiety relief and topical relief for certain skin irritations. I would definitely check in with your veterinarian. I am sending good wishes to you and Goldie!

  45. Healing Buddha Shop October 4, 2018 at 4:56 am - Reply

    CBD products are absolutely safe for dog as they are non-toxic and offers a relaxing stimulant and pain-relief effects. Cannabinoids come from the hemp oil (or hemp seed oil) and leave out most if not all of the THC making it a safe supplement for pet.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder December 9, 2018 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      We are big fans of CBD oil. I think we are just scratching the surface in terms of the health benefits.

  46. Saving Nine Lives November 5, 2018 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    This is very interesting! I’ve been hearing and doing a little research into the benefits of CBD oil, but it’s cool to see it translate to pet health as well! When you think about it… it only makes sense! hahaha! Thanks for the information and enjoyable read!
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    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder December 9, 2018 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post! I haven’t seen any research yet on the use of CBD oil with cats. I’d be curious to see if it’s considered safe or if cats metabolize it the same way as dogs.

  47. Jenny Mathews November 22, 2018 at 1:01 am - Reply

    I have tried CBD for me and my pet. It is very effective and has helped us a lot. Also I haven’t found anyone curing their cancer with it. But Anxiety, Body Pain, Eating Disorders are definitely curable with CBD.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder December 9, 2018 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      We agree on all counts! 🙂

  48. Jordan November 26, 2018 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Is it legal for everywhere? But i know that It is very beneficial. And it has many therapeutic and other medical uses.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder December 9, 2018 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      The nutshell answer is that if the CBD oil is hemp-derived – yes. Hemp has no psychoactive effects (0.3% THC or less) so the purchase, sales, or possession of hemp CBD products is completely legal in all 50 States. If the CBD oil is marijuana-derived, meaning there is a naturally higher occurrence of THC (the psycho-active substance) the answer may be “no” depending on your state. For dogs, you absolutely want to be using a hemp-derived formula with no more than 0.3% THC.

      *Disclaimer – We are not lawyers and do not provide legal advice, only personal opinion, through thus website. Check with your state to determine the laws in your area and a consult a lawyer if you have any questions

  49. Gary Grover December 3, 2018 at 5:05 am - Reply

    CBD is itself non-toxic, thus the most vital thing to remember is that “overdosing” on CBD won’t result in fatalities. The most normally announced symptoms for CBD in animals are sedation and over-active appetites. Thanks For sharing such an informative article with us and it really helpful to me. Keep posting like this.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder December 9, 2018 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Gary! I am indeed a huge fan of CBD oil for pets and people. Thanks for stopping by the blog! 🙂

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