Adaptil Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP), Plug-In Diffuser
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Just wanted to say a massive thank you to you. We recently adopted 2 dogs from Spain and one of them has really bad separation anxiety. She has been going crazy when left and being very destructive. A vet nurse I know recommended your pet remedy spray. This morning I picked up one of your diffusers with the mini spray. We had to go out this afternoon so we left 3 of the dogs in the lounge and coco (the one with SA) in a dog crate in the same room. We plugged in the diffuser and sprayed her crate mat. To our surprise she happily went in and settled and when we got home not only was she happy and relaxed but the other 3 were chilled out aswell. A 100% improvement.
Cheryl Kerry 10/10/14
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The Comfort Zone Plug-In has really helped our dog with thunderstorm anxiety. We plugged it in her “safe” room.
Nancy Gagnon, Ann Arbor, MI
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When you plug Comfort Zone into an electrical socket, it emits a scent that mimics naturally reassuring pheromones. It includes Adaptil (Dog Appeasing Pheromone), a proprietary formula that mimics the appeasing pheromones secreted by female dogs when nursing that sends a signal of comfort and safety to her puppies. When your dog senses the pheromone, he or she feels secure and comfortable, reducing anxious reactions and the urge to act out destructively.Another possible use that would suggest itself to me would be for dogs with a grooming or handling resistance. These would include dogs who protest or resist having certain body parts handled (eg feet) by struggling or threatening by growling or worse and whose behavior is suggestive of an anxiety component. Likewise dogs who resist some aspect of grooming. For those dogs which I have dealt with that have had such problems , it usually seems to be a combination of not respecting the person and not trusting the person who is doing the handling or grooming. "Not trusting" implies some kind of fear or anxiety component, while "not respecting" implies some lack of obedience training and/or lack of regarding the person as having a higher social rank than the dog. In the past I have used some form of desensitization program in which the dog is restrained from biting, often by initially using a grooming muzzle, and handled and groomed in ways that are painless and comfortable and ultimatly pleasant to the dog. Sometimes initially the touching is done very softly with tools that keep the person's hand further away from the dog's mouth, ie out of danger. The goal is for the dog to learn that he cannot effectively prevent being touched or groomed by struggling or by threatening, but that he does not need to do so because the touching is completely harmless and , eventually , that the touching is actually enjoyable. For dogs with dislike of having the feet handled or groomed, one aims to get the dog to enjoy having the feet massaged. To whatever extent DAP really does cause a dog to feel more relaxed and more safe, use of a DAP plug-in in the dog's main living area and grooming area and / or use of a DAP spray before and during grooming should have a beneficial effect. It could make sense to begin by installing a DAP diffuser in the home and begin by doing various "non-confrontational dominence" programs (also called "nothing in life is free" programs) by which the person requires the dog to show some deferential behavior (eg sitting on command) in exchange for the person providing any resource or activity that the dog values (eg food, petting, going for a walk, etc) for a few weeks before beginning to work on the grooming problems directly. Of course for those of us in Rescue work, dogs often arrive in such terrible physical condition that it is not possible to delay grooming and other handling. The vast majority of rescued dogs do allow immediate grooming and other bodily care, probably because they do sense that they can trust and respect the person who is fostering them. The first use that suggests itself would be use of the plug-in form as an aid in reducing thunderstorm phobia. Unlike fireworks, thunderstorms are not "scheduled" events with a time and location known well in advance, but in most areas the season for such storms is well known and predictable. Thunderstorm phobia does not respond well to the normal fear reduction technique of Desensitization and Counter-conditioning because many aspects of the fear-inspiring stimulus cannot be identified or cannot be reproduced in a controlled decreased intensity. Desensitization to the loud noises does not seem to have much sucess. It is believed that storm-shy dogs respond first to the drop in barometric pressure that preceeds a storm. Some researchers believe that build-up of static electricity in the dog's coat is part of the problem and some report some rreduction of anxiety by wiping the dog's coat with anti-static wipes such as "Bounce" (sold for use in clothes dryers to prevent static cling). Some researchers report that some dogs cope with storms by getting into a bathtub or shower so as to ground themselves against the plumbing outlet and thus the plumbing pipes. One could of course help a dog to discover this method by guiding him into shower stall or bathtub. Guardians of storm shy dogs often keep prescribed tranquiliers on hand to use when a storm is predicted or when it arrives. Installing a DAP plug-in diffuser in the area of the home that the dog has already chosen as a place of refuge during storms would thus seem to be something to be used in addition to any other treatments. More exercise – Go for more walks and throw the ball more often. Tired dogs are naturally less anxious.
Soften your departures & returns – Keep your departures and returns low-keyed and unexciting.
Gradually lengthen periods of your absence – Stage several short departures/arrivals throughout the day, gradually lengthening each absence as your dog adjusts.
Non-prescription stress reduction formulas – A number of non-prescription calming products like use natural herbal formulas to help calm your pet for short periods of 1-2 hours.
Pheromone Plug-In - Many dog owners have seen a remarkable improvement in their dog’s anxiety with a relatively new product, the . Inserted in any wall outlet, and odorless to humans, it releases Dog Appeasing Pheromones (D.A.P) in the air throughout the entire room. Mimicking a new mother’s natural pheromones, it reduces and prevents stress-related behaviors such as barking, whining, chewing, and soiling.