L-theanine calms dogs, according to Dr. John Ciribassi, a veterinary behaviorist and co-editor of “Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, NY, 2014; $27). Dr. Ciribassi recommends ANXITANE,® a product containing Suntheanine,® a pure form of L-theanine produced via a patented fermentation process by Taiyo. ANXITANE is the registered trademark of an animal health product made by Virbac Corporation. L-theanine calms dogs because L-theanine has been shown in clinical research to promote an alert state of relaxation without drowsiness. Quoted recently in the Stale Dale’s Pet World blog at ChicagoNow.com, Dr. Ciribassi recommended ANXITANE to a reader whose pet dog has uncontrollable shakes and trouble eating after hearing loud noises like fireworks, vacuum cleaners or thunderstorms.
Dr. Ciribassi also recommended involving the troubled dog in a game ahead of fireworks, vacumning or other anticipated disturbances, to engage the pet in a constructive activity and help mitigate their reaction to loud noises.
“Decoding Your Dog” is co-authored by Steve Dale and Dr. Debra Horowitz. This book is the first ever authored by members of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.