Even dog owners are familiar with the concept of catnip. This herb affects cats the way some drugs affect humans. Its a great tool for training and entertaining cats. Unfortunately, catnip for dogs doesnt work the same way and can sometimes even be dangerous to use with canines.
But did you know that there’s a rumor going around that “dog nip” exists as well, which is essentially catnip for dogs? What is this intoxicating substance, and why should you be overly cautious with its use? Some owners may have already decided to try it but before you do, read this article – we’re looking at everything you need to know about catnip for dogs – or the potentially deadly “dog nip.”
How Does Anise for Dogs Work?
Smelling anise makes dogs giddy and playful. For this reason, it’s often referred to as dog nip.
Wigfall says that not all dogs are affected the same way, but those that are affected show a noticeable effect. You may notice your dog is more active, running around the house or the backyard, jumping, or hyper.
“Dogs need to smell the anise to be able to feel the effects,” Wigfall says. The best way to get your dog excited about this safe and natural ingredient, she recommends, is by grinding up the seeds and letting the dog sniff them or putting a very small amount as garnish on top of their food. It takes around 15-20 minutes to work and the energy boost can last between 1 to 3 hours. “It’s not recommended as a nighttime treat!”
Competitions such as agility may prohibit the use of anise for dogs so be sure to check the rulebook before using it as a performance aid.
Is Raw Anise Safe for Your Dog?
Raw anise is 100% safe for your dog when you use it in moderation. Treat your dog to anise once in a while for an afternoon of fun and relaxation. However, you shouldn’t give your dog anise every day, as too much anise can cause stomach problems and issues with their nervous system. You wouldn’t give your cat catnip every day, so show the same moderation with dognip.
Star anise is similar to anise, but it has a different shape and a milder flavor. Note that star anise and anise are not the same ingredients. Star anise may not have the same effect on your dog, so use it for tea and hot meals rather than dog treats.
Anise for Dogs and How It Affects Them
Not all dogs have the same response to anise, just like not all cats respond to catnip. Dogs that react to anise become hyperactive or exceptionally mellow, which is why it works like catnip for dogs. This seems to be determined by your dog’s natural temperament. Naturally, mellow dogs tend to become hyper, and hyperactive dogs tend to become mellow.
Dogs are also motivated to follow the scent of anise. The anise oil has been used on lures for racing greyhounds to encourage them to chase the lure around the track. Anise has also created a trail for foxhounds to follow when “drag hunting,” a humane alternative to fox hunting.
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