Aromatherapy for Dogs

How do I know what scent is best for my dog?

Ideally, let your dog select!  Yes, your dog!!

 As I am sure you are aware, dogs have amazingly, phenomenal noses!! Their sense of scent is from 10,000 to 100,000 times better than ours.  So it makes sense that essential oils would be impactful and that scents that occur in nature created by plants, even when strong, are better for your dog's keen nose than synthetic chemicals which are know to cause cancer. See 6 Reasons Your Dog Should Use All-Natural Shampoo.

When initially selecting scents, either choose a scent you like or select a scent based on therapeutic value.

You can also try our quiz:

What scent is best for my dog? 

Or let your dog choose- our assorted 3 and 5 shampoo paw packs are perfect for this!

Simply hold different scented paws in each hand and see which your dog prefers- they will lick or sniff the paw if they like it.  If they don't like it, they will turn their nose away when you hold it up to them. 

My dogs have different scents they prefer - Zeus likes "Itch You Can't Scratch", ironically he has dry skin. 🤷‍♀️  Blu likes "Just Chilling", and yes, he's got anxiety!! 🤷‍♀️ 

Did I say, "Dogs are AMAZING!?!!" 😁  

What Zeus and Blu scent is best for my dog?

We only use a very select list of ingredients widely approved by veterinarians and animal aromatherapists.*. This limits the variety of scent profiles that re available but it assures us that our products are safe! 

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Dogs and aromatherapy??  It's all about the terpenes

What scent is best for your dog?

Website terpene info from Dispensary app

Essential Oils vs. Artificial Fragrance


Great smelling dog shampoo with essential oils - why not fragrance on your dog?

Fragrance not tested by the FDA- Prop 65 and essential oils - link to this page

A Dog’s Nose.

Have you ever noticed how the whiff of someone’s cologne/perfume can remind you of an old lover, the smell of cookies baking, the scent of pine trees on Christmas morning, can all change your mood?

A dog’s nose is 

Dogs rule. Or, at least, they do when it comes to their sense of smell, which crushes that of humans. According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), a dog's sense of smell is about 1,000 times keener than that of their two-legged companions -- and many dog experts claim it's millions of times better -- thanks to the construction of their often-slobbery, wet schnozzes. So what, exactly, is going on in there?

A dog sniffs at scents using his nose, of course, and also his mouth, which may open in a sort of grin. His nostrils, or nares, can move independently of one another, which helps him pinpoint where a particular smell is coming from. As a dog inhales a scent, it settles into his spacious nasal cavity, which is divided into two chambers and, ACES reports, is home to more than 220 million olfactory receptors (humans have a measly 5 million). Mucus traps the scent particles inside the nasal chambers while the olfactory receptors process them. Additional particles are trapped in the mucus on the exterior surface of his nose.

Sometimes, it takes more than one sniff for a dog to accumulate enough odor molecules to identify a smell. When the dog needs to exhale, air is forced out the side of his nostrils, allowing him to continue smelling the odors he's currently sniffing.

Dogs possess another olfactory chamber called Jacobson's organ, or, scientifically, the vomeronasal organ. Tucked at the bottom of the nasal cavity, it has two fluid-filled sacs that enable dogs to smell and taste simultaneously. Puppies use it to locate their mother's milk, and even a favored teat. Adult dogs mainly use it when smelling animal pheromones in substances like urine, or those emitted when a female dog is in heat.

Top Sniffers

What all of this sniffing and processing really means is that a dog's sense of smell is his primary form of communication. And it's a phenomenal one, because dogs don't just smell odors that we can't. When a dog greets another dog through sniffing, for example, he's learning an intricate tale: what the other dog's sex is, what he ate that day, whom he interacted with, what he touched, what mood he's in and -- if it's a female -- if she's pregnant or even if she's had a false pregnancy. It's no wonder, then, that while a dog's brain is only one-tenth the size of a human brain, the portion controlling smell is 40 times larger than in humans.

So, who's top dog when it comes to sniffing? While all canines have an incredible sense of smell, some breeds -- such as bloodhounds, basset hounds and beagles -- have more highly refined sniffers. This is a result of several factors. Dogs with longer snouts, for example, can smell better simply because their noses have more olfactory glands. Bloodhounds, members of the "scent hound" canine group, also have lots of skin folds around their faces, which help to trap scent particles. And their long ears, like those of Bassets, drag on the ground, collecting more smells that can be easily swept into their noses.

Of course, dogs are individuals as well, so it's certainly possible to find a non-scent-hound who can outperform one. And as Dr. Sandi Sawchuk, a clinical instructor at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, notes: "There are lots of breeds that can be trained to sniff out certain items -- for example, cadaver-sniffing dogs, drug-sniffing dogs, etc."

Dogs' sense of smell overpowers our own by orders of magnitude—it's 10,000 to 100,000 times as acute, scientists say. "Let's suppose they're just 10,000 times better," says James Walker, former director of the Sensory Research Institute at Florida State University, who, with several colleagues, came up with that jaw-dropping estimate during a rigorously designed, oft-cited study. "If you make the analogy to vision, what you and I can see at a third of a mile, a dog could see more than 3,000 miles away and still see as well."

Put another way, dogs can detect some odors in parts per trillion. What does that mean in terms we might understand? Well, in her book Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz, a dog-cognition researcher at Barnard College, writes that while we might notice if our coffee has had a teaspoon of sugar added to it, a dog could detect a teaspoon of sugar in a million gallons of water, or two Olympic-sized pools worth. Another dog scientist likened their ability to catching a whiff of one rotten apple in two million barrels.

The Nose: A dog interprets the world predominantly by smell, whereas human predominantly by sight.  Even though a dog’s brain can be one tenth the size of a human’s brain, the part that controls smell is 40 times larger than in humans.  A human has about 5 million scent glands whereas dogs have 125 million to 300 million (depending on breed), meaning their sense of smell is 1,000 to 10,000,000 times better than humans!


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Aromatherapy for Dogs

Everyone knows that dogs have more scent receptors in their snouts than human beings. It makes them an excellent candidate for aromatherapy, which is known to have several health benefits.


You can find essential oils for dogs in different products, such as Zeus + Blu's Just Chilling, a lavender dog shampoo in the shape of a paw. Massage this product into your dog's coat, leaving them with a long-lasting scent that will help them relax. It’s moisturizing for skin and coats, and the therapeutic scents will set your dog’s mind at ease after their soothing bath.


Earthy scent with a hint of spice and a touch of lavender, Just Chilling contains the essential oils lavender and patchouli. The delightful scents of these two oils can do a lot for a dog. Their aroma is calming, lifts depression, and reduces stress, anxiety, and sadness.


Your pet may benefit from other essential oils for dogs: marjoram, peppermint, and sweet orange. These oils all smell lovely and have the added ability to relax muscles, cool the body, and calm the nerves.

Is It Safe?

Essential oils are naturally occurring products that derive from plants. They won't cure your pet of serious ailments or diseases, but they can significantly increase their quality of life in other areas. They're non-addictive, so you can use them on your pet without worrying about the side effects of having to discontinue your use someday. 


Of course, if your pet experiences any adverse side effects from using products with essential oils, you should stop using them immediately. If you have concerns or are looking for a second opinion, calling your local veterinarian may help assuage your fears. 


Overall, though, essential oils and aromatherapy for dogs can be a great way to connect with your favorite furry friend safely and healthily. 

* Sources: The Aromatic Dog - Essential oils, hydrosols, & herbal oils for everyday dog care by Nayana Morag; Essential Oils for Natural Pet Care: A Veterinarian's Desk Reference for the Top Health Concerns of Cats, Dogs & Horses by Melissa Shelton DVM