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What Does Dog Anxiety and Mopping have in Common?

Saber's story is further down, but I will start with the mopping topic.

I used to mop with a variety of products off the walmart shelf. Pine sol, bleach, other fragrant solutions to help clean and mask the smell of living with dogs in the house.

When I started using essential oils more in my daily life, I believe my nose had begun to pick up on differences in products. I am more sensitive to smells than I used to be. I had bought some candles from a local store to support them plus the scents smelled like a western flare! As I started burning them in the house (which in the essential oil world I know candles usually aren't healthy for us to inhale, I hadn't been to sensitive that I noticed in the past) I had a burning sensation in my nose. That is the journey though, that always brings us searching for something different. Let's call this a realization first hand! So when I talk about this it's coming from a real place!

I remember growing up and we could never have certain candles and sprays around my mom because it would give her a headache. What I believe now is that her body was already sensitive enough to the low quality and harsh fragrances that are on the market.

Just because a candle says its infused with essential oils or that glade plug in with the NEW ad "Now infused with essential oils" contains oil does not mean it's healthier for us. In fact it is just as concerning because where did these essential oils come from?

Why does that matter?

Aren't all oils created equal? well no... due to the lack of regulation in the process of obtaining oils from plants. Even if there may be a drop of it in there, companies can add whatever else they want to fill it with, save money, and mass produce.

There is a reason that Young living essential oils always has an updated out of stock list. Adverse effects of using a random brand is a possibility. Since I am using this for my health through topical, internal, and aromatic application for my animals as well, I am not risking anything with a brand at the convenient store. It's convenient until something happens. Young living is tried and true, has been around for over 25 years utilizing their own farms that people are allowed to come visit. They have a Seed to Seal promise for a reason. Young Living has further increased their reputability for animal use over the years by utilizing a veterinary advisory council.

As of today this includes:

Dr. Nancy Brandt, DVM, CVC, CVA.

Dr. John J. Hanover, DVM.

Dr. Susan Albright, DVM.

Back to the mopping topic!

What I noticed when mopping with the usual everyday products was the scent it gave off. I got to a point that I had to open windows each time and let all the dogs outside.

I have been a part of young living since 2015. I was first introduced to

oils when my puppy had broke his leg due to his separation anxiety. This was something we didn't realize until it was too late (more on clicker and treat training later!). My friend gave me some lavender to put on him. I started conditioning him with the use of the lavender. While I was home I would create the crate as a safe space for him. I would then apply lavender essential oil to his paws. Dogs are very sensitive to smells so it does NOT take much at all. I would allow him to spend some time in the crate while I was home showing him this was his safe space. Essential oils have been shown to have a great effect on the brain and changing emotional patterns. This combined with conditioning and training was a beautiful combo for Saber!

What I had done before was used the bathroom area instead of a crate to keep him while away at work. He had managed to climb up on the toilet and on to the sink (I knew this that day he broke his leg due to all the products on the sink being knocked over). From this point on I knew I was going to have to help him through the anxiety of me leaving. Proper crate training was the solution to my problem after doing some research. It was scary to leave him during this time while he was healing because as a 4 month old he would do his very best to tear through a door or a crate. I couldn't just let him wander around the house. He still wasn't potty trained.

Back to Lavender and crate training

With me being consistent in the training and using lavender as an aid, I was finally able to leave the house without worrying and without using the ace the vet gave me.

He Healed up nicely!

With time he was potty trained and able to run freely around the house with my other dog. Crate training was an aid to get to where we are now!

Training, understanding, and lavender was the key <3

OKAY! Now really, back to the mopping solution!

I quit using anything but Thieves Concentrated Cleaner. The slight aroma it gives off doesn't burn my nose now! The concentrated bottle can be used in many applications.

Below are a few of my favorites:

Mopping Solution

Clean tile and laminate floors!

In a bucket, mix the following:

1 tablespoon Thieves Dish Soap

1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1 gallon warm water

Use this mixture to mop your tile and laminate floors!

Multipurpose spray

Wipe countertops, doorknobs, light switches, and more.

In a spray bottle, mix the following:

1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner

2-3 cups water

Spray liberally and wipe with a damp cloth.

Glass cleaner

Clean mirrors, windows, windshields, and car windows!

In a spray bottle, mix the following:

3 cups water

5 drops Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner

Spray onto glass and wipe away streaks with a soft cloth.

Connect with me! Would love to hear about your dog or a similar experience. Ask your questions!

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