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DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) Calming Collar for Dogs

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DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) Calming Collar for Dogs

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The Bottom Line

The DAP collar was definitely worth it for my dog. DAP is something to consider for a variety of canine behavior problems, including: noise phobias, separation anxiety, territorial behaviors, new people or pets, car travel anxiety, and anytime there are "unpredictable" events that your dog may react to.

I want to note that as with any behavior modification, it isn't overnight and it isn't always a 100% change. Sophie will still startle with a loud noise, especially if the windows are open or we are outside. Remembering to not to make a big deal out of the noise helps reassure her too.

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Pros

  • It was a marked overall improvement for reducing my dog's noise phobias
  • It also helped with separation anxiety (used DAP spray for added benefit)
  • My dog is better able to calm herself, instead of ramping up, after a loud noise
  • Easy to use, non-toxic, no side effects

Cons

  • The collar lasts 4 weeks, so that should be figured into collar cost
  • The collar buckle was a little difficult to adjust

Description

  • Pheromones released during lactation give puppies a sense of well-being and reassurance, known as appeasing pheromones.
  • DAP is a synthetic version of this pheromone, called Dog Appeasing Pheromone.
  • The pheromones are embedded in the plastic collar. The dog's body heat helps emit the odorless pheromone from the collar.
  • Collar size is adjustable with a small plastic buckle.
  • After fitting the collar comfortably around your dog's neck, trim off the excess.
  • The collar will not work when it is wet. In windy conditions, it is less effective.

Guide Review - DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) Calming Collar for Dogs

I tried the DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) collar on my own dog, Sophie. Pheromones, released during lactation, give puppies a sense of well-being and reassurance. These are known as appeasing pheromones. DAP is a synthetic version, mimicking the pheromones released by the mother. DAP is odorless and species-specific: it does not have any effect on cats, humans or other animals. (But many species have their own appeasing pheromones.)

I adopted Sophie from a shelter in 2002. She was approximately 6 months old at the time. She loves people and is generally a calm dog. She is well-behaved. Except when there are loud noises. Then she is trembling, panting, hiding in small spaces. We also deal with mild separation anxiety issues.

I put the collar on 3 days before the 4th of July. I didn't do anything else different this year. A few days before the 4th, fireworks started. Windows closed, TV on. Sophie was asleep on the floor. As the fireworks increased in frequency and noise, I braced myself. She sighed a deep breath. She occasionally lifted an eyelid for really loud bangs. This was not my dog. So calm. Was she sick? I actually removed the collar to assess her. She seemed fine. Then I took her outside for a quick walk, she was her old self - freaked out, didn't want to do her business, wanted back inside, now.

A week later, we had a 2-hour thunderstorm. Sophie alerted me in the early dawn, a little nervous. I closed the windows and ignored her anxious behavior. Within minutes, she was calm and asleep again. Another first.

The separation anxiety piece wasn't as dramatic, but a marked improvement with time. For this, I used her collar and the DAP spray in her crate, with a Kong toy. After a few trials, she is now calm in her crate, no whining.

Sophie is a mild case. DAP is effective for her. DAP may also be used in conjunction with other therapies.

Related: The use of DAP collar to reduce stress during training of police dogs

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 5 out of 5
Made all the difference!, Member piperzbrummerstedt

We have a yorkie/poodle mix that we got as a puppy but who has always had severe separation anxiety. She is now 1 year old, but has yet to overcome this anxiety despite our best efforts. We've tried the kennel, no kennel, leaving on the TV, treats, everything we can think of to keep her from having an anxiety attack the moment we walk out the door. We love our puppy, but it has become a love/hate relationship since she immediately relieves herself in the house every time we walk out the door, regardless of whether we have just taken her out and even if she has just gone. I believe the anxiety of us leaving causes her to go, no matter what. We try to take her with us whenever we can, but obviously, this is not always an option. So, we decided to give the DAP collar a try, although we were skeptical and not hoping for success. Can I just say, ""WOW!"" It took about three days and then it was like magic. She stopped ""going"" in the house the moment we would leave. She stopped pacing around and driving us nuts at night when we were home. She was like a more calm, loving puppy. Yes, she may still have the occasional accident, but it is an accident and not the anxiety. We find that we love her and enjoy her in ways that we never had over the past year. We no longer regret getting a puppy. This has been a HUGE success for us! If you are unsure, please give it a try! I am about to order two more collars in order to take advantage of free shipping. Thank you Adaptic!

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