#1 – Valerian
Valerian is often used as an alternative to anti-anxiety and sleep medications. Scientists believe that valerian root works by increasing gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which has a calming effect on anxiety and helps regulate nerve cells.
Valerian is thought to mimic alprazolam, diazepam and other medicines of the benzodiazepine class, which has a similar but more effective effect.
If your dog is anxious or fearful in certain situations, such as during thunderstorms or when they’re alone at home, valerian root can help them stay calm.