Restoring life, vitality and wellbeing
CBD and Your Dog
Changing Your Dog's Behavior, How He or She Thinks and Experiences Life
Our approach to training can almost always change behaviors. Even the most extreme behaviors. What's even more exciting to us is that in changing a dog's behavior it can often change how a dog thinks and experiences life. Why is that important? Glad you asked. Let's say you have a Miniature Schnauzer named Fred. Fred gets aggressive every time he sees another dog. Through our training we can teach Fred not to ever show aggression towards another dog. When Fred is then in the presence of another dog, but not allowed to show aggression, his experience of other dogs can turn from seeing the other dog as a threat (it's what causes most aggression) to being intrigued or curious about other dogs. Fred's interest can then lead to relating to other dogs who now are seen as a source of pleasure. The problem is that inner experience doesn’t always change. It's possible that Fred may always see other dogs as threats, feel fearful but refuse to act on that fear as a result of training. While we have done our job as trainers (stopped the aggression) it's a sad way for Fred to live. That’s where CBD comes in. CBD can help to change Fred's inner experience.
How and Why Does CBD Work?
Your dog has an endocannabinoid system which controls or influences nearly every other system in his or her body. This system, and others, have receptors that require cannabinoids to function properly. Their body produces natural cannabinoids such as anadamide that interact with these receptors. Unfortunately, commercial diets and our modern lifestyle has decreased the amount of these naturally occurring cannabinoids. A lack of these naturally occurring cannabinoids can influence your dog's experience of pain, stress, anxiety and even physiological functions such as inflammation.
Natural plant based cannabinoids (CBD) from hemp can help replace these cannabinoids. In doing so support your dog's endocannabinoid system as well as other receptors throughout their body.
The Wellbeing Factor
In order to understand what we refer to as "the wellbeing factor" think of what it is like, or would be like, to be laying in the sun a thousand miles away. That's a thousand miles away from any problems. There are no demands. No schedules. Not a care in the world. We are hoping this would inspire a feeling of wellbeing (it would for us!). You also brought your dog who is laying in the shade under a palm tree enjoying a breeze and also feeling that deep sense of wellbeing. Now imagine that suddenly you open your eyes to see a mountain lion staring at both of you while licking their lips. Naturally you both run just as fast as you can to safety. That entire experience for both you and your dog probably involves your endocannabinoid system.
We know not everyone who goes on a vacation a thousand of miles away and lays in the sun experiences that sense of wellbeing. A lot of factors determine the experience of wellbeing. What we do know is that when we have enough cannabinoids most people, and dogs, feel a degree of wellbeing. Then when danger happens the body releases two enzymes (fatty acid amide hydrolase and monoacylglycerol acid lipase) in order to destroy our cannabinoids in order to create an immediate feeling of unease.
A dog's life was never intended to be lived with alarm clocks, constant noise (ie TV, radio, people coming and going), life lived primarily indoors and ongoing change. These are just a few influences in our dog's modern lives. These natural stressors have the same effect on their bodies as waking up to a mountain lion licking their lips. In turn, your dog's body produces enzymes to destroy cannabinoids to ensure he or she is on-edge. For many dogs that is an everyday occurrence. Then we have the problem with some dogs inherently having compromised nervous systems. For these dogs so much of everyday life causes stress. Their bodies are continually producing cannabinoid destroying enzymes to insure they are on-edge in a heightened state of unease.
The good news is that in addition to cannabinoids (there are over 100 different cannabinoids found in hemp) satisfying the needs of these endocannabinoid receptors, one specific cannabinoid called cannabidiol instead of satisfying receptors it actually destroys the enzymes that destroys cannabinoids! That means the dog that is prone to feeling stress as a result of a compromised nervous system doesn't need to feel further unease. As trainers, and as owners, this means we can truly influence and improve our dog's inner experience of life. For us that's a beautiful thing.
What Can You Expect?
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine recently conducted a large clinical study on the effect of cannabinoids (CBD) on dogs. Their study showed an 83% decrease in dogs experiencing stress and anxiety. The university used changes in behavior observed by owners and behaviorists as well as bloodwork to determine these numbers. Also inspiring was an 80% decrease in pain. This reduction in pain also coincided with an increase in activity, even in dogs with degenerative diseases.
As a dog owner the question is what can you expect CBD will do for your dog? The simple answer is when it comes to your dog we don't know what you can expect. Every dog is different. What we do know is based on our experience and clinical studies there is reason to be hopeful. It also depends on the brand and "finding your dog's number" (how much CBD is needed).
When it comes to CBD is which strain of hemp is used, how it is grown, harvested, extracted and turned into products makes all the difference. Therefore the only brands worth purchasing are the premium ones. Unfortunately that leaves out the brands targeting the pet industry and veterinary field. The two premium brands which stand out are Charlotte's Web and CBD American Shaman. The two companies use outstanding methods for growing, harvesting, extracting and producing the highest quality full and broad spectrum hemp oil (CBD).
We believe CBD American Shaman has the competitive edge through it's longterm investment in research and development. Their research is literally the science of CBD absorption. It's the difference between 7 to 10% absorption (traditional CBD/ hemp oil) and 100% absorption (CBD American Shaman). Then there is the CBD American Shaman delivery system which enable absorption to begin within seconds. Results can often be seen in as little as 10 minutes to an hour.
Purchasing CBD for Your Dog
We refer our clients to CBD American Shaman, and specifically their Methuen location, at 190 Haverhill Street in Methuen. While they are local to our training center most of our clients throughout the United States also purchase their CBD from this location. They can also be found online at www.feedyourcellscbd.com.
We also host a weekly "meet up" at the store on Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm to help owners get started. Dogs are welcomed!