Aromatherapy oils are well known for their stress-relieving properties.

But while people have been indulging in the benefits of lavender, tea tree and chamomile for years, man’s best friend is now able to enjoy their benefits too.

Dog trainer Lynn Aitchison has been using her aroma-therapy talents to help dogs at the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home (EDCH) after training in the unusual field last year.

She believes the techniques used help the dogs at the home, who are often troubled, become less stressed and anxious.

Edinburgh Evening News, Edinburgh, Scotland, May 28, 2011