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Dog Calmer  Relieves the Symptoms of Stress, Anxiety, Insecurity, Loud Noises

SettlersSTRESS-LESS

Stress is a fixture in our modern lives and increasingly seems to be affecting our dogs too. Occasional stress is not necessarily a bad thing but when it affects your dog’s quality of life you may want to take action and use a dog calmer supplement.  


The science indicates there is or should be a happy balance of natural minerals in the body but that when this balance is upset then erratic behaviours may occur. Such behaviours might show in the form of persistent unprovoked barking,  shrinking nervousness, travelling problems and so on – each dog will show unique reactions to the same stimulus.


Stress-less Settlers dog anxiety remedy is so unique that we are constantly being surprised by the range of its applications.  

To date Settlers dog calmer has had positive results not only in helping pet dogs suffering from a wide variety of issues such as dog separation anxiety, travel sickness, over-exuberance, fear of fireworks and noise in general, but also dogs nervous in the show ring and agility dogs which are calm at home but unable to focus at training or in the competition ring.


Settlers dog calmer is not intended as an alternative to good basic handling, education and socialisation of your dog but is a tool to enable you to keep him/her calmer and more focused on the job in hand, whether that job is to be your quiet relaxed companion or your high-energy work or play-mate!


                                        A calm relaxed dog will undoubtedly be a happier dog and his/her owner will be happier too.


What Are The Signs Of Stress In Dogs?

Where does stress begin?


Our canine partners usually do their best to please us humans, their owners, but always remember that they are not machines or tools.  Dogs are living breathing individuals and they, like us, feel differently day by day. They experience emotion and they can suffer from stress just like us. But how do you know when your dog is feeling stressed?


Stress is cumulative. It can be communicated from handler to dog, one dog to another, one human to another, dog to handler and so on, round and round. It can become an obstacle to optimum performance by either side of the partnership. If you have had a tough day, time spent with your dog may be the perfect release of tension. Sometimes though it can be easy – inadvertently - to take out your pent-up emotions and frustrations on the dog.


Our expectations when training for agility may increase stress. We expect our dogs to learn to jump over poles. Then we sometimes shout at them when they jump the 'wrong' one. We want them to stop on contacts except when we don’t want them to stop on contacts. No wonder the poor dogs are confused!  We take them to a venue where there may be thousands of dogs in a fever pitch of excitement and then we leave them in a confined space for periods of time but within sound, sight and smell of their fellows which can be a recipe for mass hysteria!


Obviously many of these activities may be perfectly normal at the appropriate time. What we really need to identify is 'out of context' behaviours. Once you learn your dog's triggers and stress indicators, you may be able to address the problem before the behaviour becomes excessive. However, there will always be situations beyond our control such as the weather (change of atmospheric pressure), the season (associated with un-neutered animals), gunfire or fireworks, proximity of other animals etc. when we may need to look for alternative coping strategies.

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How do you know when your dog is feeling stressed? 


Dogs communicate through body language and they give off a variety of signals to indicate their state of mind. Similarly, if they recognise that you are stressed then they are quite capable of trying to signal you to calm down. Try to observe your dog in daily life to learn the signals of stress that are specific to him and what has triggered the stress on any particular occasion. We cannot totally prevent stress. Neither is it necessarily a bad thing unless your dog's stress level exceeds the point at which it is no longer capable of paying you attention which then, in itself, can become a source of further stress to both handler and dog.

There are many stress indicators to watch out for in the dog’s body language ranging from:


Change of posture – hugging or dropping to the ground

Stretching

Change of pace

Abnormal tail movement

Shaking and trembling

Ceaseless pacing or simply lack of movement

Shutting down - becoming 'flat' in posture and mentality

Vocalisation – squeaking, whining, barking

Facial expression – squinty or shifty eyes, dilated pupils, glazed expression, showing the whites of the eye

Avoidance of eye contact

Excessive panting, licking, yawning or drooling

Frowning, ears held back, corners of mouth may be held rigidly

Any attention-seeking or irrational behaviours – digging, self-mutilation, persistent scratching, sniffing, spinning, circling, hiding, destruction of environment, etc

What Is The Science Behind Settlers For  Dogs?

Stress factors such as threat or fear will cause your dogs adrenal gland to produce two stress hormones in response. These are adrenaline and cortisol. They are related in their function in that adrenaline initiates the “fight or flight” response while cortisol triggers production of the extra energy required. When dogs are stressed their metabolic rate is increased and their mental ability is impaired. These are the causes of the unusual,and illogical behaviour that we see.


Cortisol levels are reduced as stress factors are reduced - or that’s what should happen. In nature the prey animal will quickly calm down and relax after being chased by a predator. But cortisol can remain high subjecting  the dog to extended periods of stress, it cannot relax and return to normal quickly. This is when those bad behaviours become “learned”


The mineral magnesium is abundant in the dogs body and is used in many ways. During the “fight or flight” response it is consumed within the nervous system. Then when threat or stress is over it is also used to convert cortisol back to its non active form.


When your dog magnesium reserves become low he will stay in a stressed condition rather than relaxing and forgetting about the bad experience he has just suffered. This is the adverse behaviour we see as response the stimuli such as loud noises, travel, separation, strangers etc.

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Settlers uses a water soluble amino magnesium complex which is able to enter the dog’s system very efficiently and absorb into tissue.  It does not contain  L-Tryptophan, herbs or any ingredient that may compromise sporting performance or sedate your dog.


Settlers contains the result of a major discovery made some 25 years ago (magnesium aspartate-hydrochloride), which was a means of facilitating the absorption of magnesium into the body. This type of magnesium liquid calmer has been used by vets and equestrian competitors as dog separation anxiety cures for over 25 years, establishing itself as the choice of top professionals in many disciplines.

How Do I Feed Settlers To My  Dog?

How much Settlers should be fed?


The recommended amount of Settlers to feed is based on your dog’s bodyweight in kilos and is one tablet or 1ml of liquid for every 10kg (22lbs) of bodyweight. For the first three days give half the recommended daily amount to allow the dog’s system time to adjust and avoid ‘funny tummy’ troubles then increase to the whole amount advised.  If convenient split the daily ration and give morning and evening to keep magnesium levels topped up throughout the day.


After this adjustment period it is safe to feed increased quantities when anticipating particularly stressful events such as moving to a new home, a stay in kennels, a new addition to the family, competition etc.





Dog Breed/Weight

Toy   below 5 kg


Small   5-10kg

Medium  10-20kg

Tablets/liquid/day

  1/2 Tablet/0.5ml


 1 Tablet/ 1ml

 2 Tablets/2ml

3 Tablets/3ml

Over 40kg give an extra tablet for every 10kg bodyweight


Large  20-30kg

Whether you use Settlers in liquid or tablet form will be a matter for personal preference. The decision will be influenced perhaps by how well your dog will accept a ‘pill’ but to make your life easier each bottle of the liquid comes fitted with an adapter and a graduated syringe.  


Settlers can either be added to feed (tablets can be fed whole or ground to a powder) or for even greater effect it can be given an hour after feeding. Keeping your dog on a maintenance level would work well in combination with increased amounts at times of greater stress or excitement.


All of this information is simply intended as a starting point. Eventually you may feel that your dog needs some adjustment to achieve optimum benefit - we would be happy to help you in this process.

What are the  ingredients in Settlers?

Tablet  ingredients/per tablet


Magnesium Aspartate Hydrochloride……………615mg


Excipients to form the tablet: Potato starch, Silicon Dioxide, Magnesium Stearate, Talcum, Dimethicone, Triethycitrate,  Methacralate


Each tablet contains 60mg of elemental magnesium

Liquid ingredients/per ml


Magnesium Aspartate Hydrochloride……………600mg


Water , Poassium Sorbate (preservative)


Each ml of liquid contains 60mg of elemental magnesium

What is Settlers for ?

You may feel that your dog is not as content, stable or relaxed as he/she could be.  Settlers may help bring the highs and lows under control and reduce extremes of unwanted behaviours. There is no readily available test for magnesium deficiency but scientists have proven that it contributes to symptoms of stress in animals and humans alike.

When does a dog need Settlers ?

In any situation where he/she is subject to increased pressure from the outside world and, indeed, in the worst cases, those having problems just coping with normal everyday life. Settlers has had positive results not only in helping pet dogs suffering from a wide variety of issues such as separation anxiety, travel sickness or fear of noise but also has helped show dogs to settle in the show ring and achieve their full potential and also agility dogs stay focused when excitement is at fever pitch around them.

How does Settlers work ?

When the body is subject to psychological stress the balance of hormones changes. Typically adrenaline is increased and as a result of this there is a rapid depletion of the mineral magnesium in the bloodstream, tissues and especially the nervous system.. Magnesium is a vital mineral present in quite large  amounts in the body - it is involved in over 400 known biological actions. A shortage of magnesium at times of stress can result in erratic behaviour, tenseness and poor muscle control. Magnesium is stored in the bones and so can't be released quickly enough to help. Settlers provides a reserve of magnesium in the bloodstream to quickly compensate for any deficiencies that  arise through increased stress levels. Settlers works better than any other magnesium supplement because it is a unique form of magnesium - linked to a natural amino acid to give the highest level of bio-availability.

How should Settlers be fed?

Whether you use Settlers in liquid or tablet form will be a matter for personal preference. The decision will be influenced perhaps by how well your dog will accept a ‘pill’ but to make your life easier each bottle of the liquid has a  separate graduated syringe.   We recommend adding Settlers to food (if tablets, whole or ground to a powder) but for greater effect it can be given an hour after feeding. Keeping your dog on a maintenance level would work well in combination with increased amounts at times of greater stress. The recommended amount of Settlers to feed is based on your dog’s bodyweight in kilos. Start by giving half the recommended daily amount for the first three days to allow the dog’s system time to adjust and avoid ‘funny tummy’ troubles.  After this adjustment period it is safe to feed in increased quantities when anticipating particularly stressful events such as moving to a new home, a stay in kennels, a new addition to the family etc.

How soon can an effect be seen?

Owners have reported visible and sometimes dramatic improvement within 2-3 days.  Naturally this is not always the case, and so a more realistic timeframe is a few weeks and results should ordinarily be reviewed after a month.

How long should a dog stay on Settlers?

Very much to be determined by the individual owner and his/her assessment of their own dog’s needs but we advocate starting by giving a regular supply for at least a month or two.  Many people feed Settlers long term but others may decide only to do so leading up to and during times of greater stress eg crate rest, firework night, important show.  Please feel free to contact us for further advice.

Frequently Asked Questions About Settlers