De-stress Your Dog: PetSafe® Busy Buddy® Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys Review and Give-Away

Shetland Sheepdogs are wonderful dogs! They are sensitive, loving, gentle active, super intelligent and protective.  On the downside, most Shelties  are known to excel at barking.

Dakota is definitely true to his lineage! While he does not bark incessantly, he DOES bark at strange sounds, (sounds that are loud, and even something as simple as my whisking eggs for scrambling can send him into a frenzy). His biggest barking triggers are the vacuum and once a week he gets to exercise his “talent” by barking incessantly when the people who come weekly to clean our apartment/condo building arrive.

I have tried to distract him, play with him, anything to curb this behavior, not much has worked. I was excited when I was offered the opportunity to have Dakota test the PetSafe® Busy Buddy® Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys because we are huge fans of the Busy Buddy® line . We received the 2-Pack shown below.


 “Designed to help with separation anxiety and stress, the PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys dispense food and assist with problem-solving by distracting your pet from the cause of their anxiety, such as thunderstorms, fireworks, vet visits or other stressful situations. The soothing chamomile scent helps reduce anxiety, while the patented Treat Meter randomly dispenses treats to keep dogs entertained and playing longer.”

When I opened the package I was pleased and surprised that the package contained not one, but TWO PetSafe® Busy Buddy® Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys as shown above. I was pleased that the scent was not overwhelming, and was quite pleasant.  I had been afraid that when I would open the package the scent would be overpowering. I couldn’t smell it at all until I put my nose right next to it to sniff. Perfect!  I also love the durability of these toys.

“Available in two sizes (small and medium), each kit comes with two different durable food/treat-dispensing chew toys, allowing pet parents to alternate between the two toys to provide variety and keep dogs interested and engaged. Training and behavior advice from professional dog trainers is also included.”

 Did They Work?

In complete honesty. MOSTLY. (After a minute or so Dakota ran to the door to bark, but DID return to play with the toy when called).  Also….I used them only once when the cleaning people arrived.  I would like to try these a few more times before I give my final verdict, but overall, yes I am pleased.

In the video below, if you turn up your volume you will hear the vacuum and notice that Dakota was completely focused on the PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toy. 


  • Patented Treat Meter randomly dispenses treats
  • 2 durable food/treat-dispensing chew toys
  • Training and behavior advice from professional dog trainers included
  • Great for thunderstorms, fireworks, vet visits, barking, and separation anxiety
  • Dishwasher safe, top rack only

The PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys are priced at $19.99 – $24.99 and are available for purchase on


About the PetSafe® Brand

PetSafe® Brand is an industry leader in the development of innovative pet behavioral, containment and lifestyle product solutions. PetSafe Brand is owned by Radio Systems®Corporation and headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. For more information, please visit .


GIVE-AWAY!! Our friends at PetSafe have generously offered TWO of our readers who reside in the U.S. (and who are 18 and over) the chance to win the same 2-Pack of the PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys that I received. Entering is super easy, just enter on the rafflecopter below and good luck!!

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In full disclosure:I was not compensated for this post. I received a PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys 2-Pack in exchange for my always honest review.


  1. Interesting idea. It works for humans why not pets.

  2. Emma says:

    I wonder if they would work on my mom? She seems to be the most stressed out one at our house, LOL! We have seen these before, but don’t know if they really work well or not.
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  3. Very cool! We just reviewed one of their other products!
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  4. Well, these certainly are an interesting idea! My girl Astrid is far from a frequent barker, but she still has her anxieties. (My angel Shellie was a Sheltie mix, though, and she barked at everything. And I mean everything.) What’s more, Astrid loves this kind of toy, so I will definitely have to look into this for her. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Caren and Dakota!
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  5. Would sure be great if they worked. Dougie Dog sounds somewhat like Dakota (even tho he is a Lab).
    A rare barker … he sure does start in when anxious or stressed! And is he ever loud … we’ll be waiting to hear your “final verdict” after another test of the product!
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    • Dakota says:

      For Dakota, he used it about as long as he uses his others. I think each dog would be different. It’s great in theory, would be interested to hear how they have worked for others. Dakota’s lineage IS to bark and he lives up to it! lol. I am sure he barks MUCH more than Dougie Dog!

  6. We have these toys and will be filling them with peanut butter for the next thunderstorm. ♥
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    • Dakota says:

      Peanut butter might be a better idea (or a frozen treat), than the treats that I used. Might have to give that a try!!! xoxo

  7. Kismet says:

    Work on terriers? They go bonkers over Horrible Hoover and the evil Dr. Broom.
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  8. Awww, Dakota. Don’t worry you sweet thing, I bark at strange sounds myself. 😆 Camomile is an excellent calming aid; we use it along with Lavender in the form of essential oils on bedding and in the back seat of the car for stressful drives. That said, I’m checking out that toy at our neighborhood pet store!
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  9. I don’t know if these are available in Canada,but I’d like to try! I go crazy over the vacuum. I just can’t help it!
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  10. Leigh says:

    Chamomile is really known to calm our nerves so it should very well work on our pets too. That calming toy sure is very promising.
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    • Dakota says:

      Yep! That is correct, but I think the breed could be a deterrent lol

  11. Elliot and Cricket says:

    Glad they worked a little for you. Elliot is a barker but it is usually at the back gate when he hears dogs outside on the green – I doubt if anything could distract him from that.
    Elliot and Cricket x

  12. Mostly is better than not working at all. I so remember Little Bit hating Halloween for the same reason. Poor babies.

    Have a woof woof day Dakota. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥
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  13. We like the sound of these! Mom really wishes we had these to try last weekend. We had a stranger (guest) in our house all weekend and I would not accept her in the house at all. To make matters worse, it was my mom’s niece! Love Dolly
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  14. sara, oreo & chewy says:

    My shelties never bark……except when they are awake… , oh wait, Oreo even barks when he’s sleeping.

    Really. He does.

  15. I am a good barker dude, too…at least now in my elder years its a bit less, cause I am going deaf… I bark at thunder, fireworks,and knocks at the door. and the ringing phone. I will stop eventually…BOL!
    Those might be fun toys with a purpose to try.
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  16. Jan K says:

    Once I can finally get Luke in his crate when strangers come over, I’d love to have something like this to help him stay calm and distract him. Are they big enough for larger dogs (he’s 62 lbs)?
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  17. Thanks for the giveaway! Bullet has separation anxiety so I love this!

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