18 days ago, I started Chimera on L-theanine and lactium twice daily with his meals. I'd tried L-theanine before, but hadn't seen any effect even after a month. This time, I'm getting even better results than I'd hope for.
He's sleeping more often, in more places, and
more deeply. He's less likely to jump up and follow me when I move
around the house. He's slightly less reactive toward noises, and
definitely less reactive toward the sight of other dogs. He is easier to
redirect and calms down more quickly when he does have an outburst.
don't know if it's the lactium itself, or the combination of both
that's so important, but I'm not going to mess with his regimen. It
I'm so happy to see him feeling so much
better, and of course our outings are much more enjoyable. Last Sunday I
took him to a pet fair, last Tuesday we went to Crissy Field, on Friday
he was able to deal with a new dog coming into the training building
with minimal barking, and yesterday evening I took him hiking and was
able to let him off leash because he was greeting dogs appropriately.
And of course, the more often we go out in public, the better he gets,
so now we're in a positive feedback loop. I also give him 1 Calming
treat from Pet Naturals of Vermont when we're going out, and I think
that helps take more of the edge off.
Now it's time to do more training in public, around new distractions!