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Behavior Problems and D.A.P

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Courtesy of Veterinary Products Laboratories

What causes dogs to bark excessively, whine and tear up the house when left alone?
Dogs are social animals and can act out destructive behaviors due to separation anxiety. Dogs that suffer from separation anxiety exhibit undesirable behaviors associated with stress, fear and anxiety, such as restlessness, excessive whining and barking, and adult destructive chewing and house soiling.

What types of situations can cause a dog stress?

  • Separation Anxiety: physical separation from the owner/pet guardian to whom it is attached.
  • New People/Things: moving or major changes in the household, remodeling or redecorating, new pieces of furniture.
  • Fear/Phobias: thunderstorms, lightening, fireworks.
  • Temporary changes: being transported, hospitalized or boarded.

What is D.A.P.™?
Developed for pet owners by veterinarians, D.A.P.™ (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) mimics the properties of the natural pheromones of the lactating female. Within three to five days after giving birth, the female generates pheromones that give their puppies a sense of well-being and reassurance, known as appeasing pheromones.

How is D.A.P.™ used?
D.A.P.™ is an easy-to-use "plug-in" diffuser that consists of an electrical plug-in unit and disposable (30-day) bottle that will deliver the pheromone 24 hours a day. It continuously releases the active ingredient into the dog's environment and allows trouble-free treatment in a 650-square-foot area for approximately four weeks.

How can D.A.P.™ calm dogs in stressful situations?
Pheromones are picked up and detected by an animal's sense of smell producing specific responses. By replicating this signal of comfort, D.A.P.™ helps alleviate fear and stress related signs in the puppy and adult dog.

How long should D.A.P.™ be used?
To address behavior caused by temporary events, plug the diffuser in for 30 days. Each vial attached to a diffuser lasts approximately four weeks. Repeat as necessary.

How well does D.A.P.™ work?
In clinical trials with D.A.P.™, destructive behavior and vocalization (excessive barking and whining) were improved or resolved by 72 percent and 85 percent respectively. (Clinical trials were conducted by Ceva Sante Animale between November 1999 and November 2000, and were under the specific direction of Dr. Patrick Pageat.)

Does D.A.P.™ have any effect on cats?
D.A.P.™ is a chemical copy of the canine appeasing pheromones in lactating females. The pheromones are species-specific and should not have any effect on cats. The product has not been tested on cats.

What does it smell like?
D.A.P.™ has no smell and is odorless to humans when dry.

Is it a sedative?
No, D.A.P.™ is a solution that helps calm and reassure puppies and adult dogs.

Should any precautions be taken with pets and children?
Proper product use will not harm children, adults or pets. Plug diffusers into electric sockets in an open area most frequented by the dog. Do not place behind furniture.

Where do I get D.A.P.™?
The D.A.P.™ plug-in is marketed through veterinarians and pet product retailers.

D.A.P.™ is a trademark of Ceva Sante Animale.

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