Experience with DAP (dog appeasing pheremones)?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@kimmo416:  I have seen the diffuser plug in for DAP work wonders on a high-strung, co-dependent Schipperke puppy (he was a pet store purchase by a friend/former roommate). He would howl, bark, yap and cry incessantly if he couldn’t see anyone, would tear stuff up if he wasn’t crated, etc. We used the plug in, and he was a changed pup. I would not have believed it worked had I not seen it firsthand. I’m not sure about the collar, but it’s worth a shot, especially if you already bought it.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I don’t personally have a dog but I have used pheromones for my nervous cat and they did work. I have also heard good things about them for dogs. You should also try a thunder shirt. They are compression shirts that help to calm animals. They were made to calm dogs that freak out during thunder storms, but they also work for separation anxiety. There is also calming music that you can play for your dog. I have seen it completly stop dogs from barking at kenels. http://throughadogsear.com/ 

If none of these things work you might want to talk to your vet about getting a sedative for the first few times you leave your new place.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’ve had a good experience with DAP.  

 

When we adopted our French Bulldog puppy our adult pug really struggled with the idea of not being the only child anymore.  She was very jumpy and jealous.  Since we were potty training we were taking the baby out as often as every 15 minutes, but since we lived at an apartment and had to leash them and walk down 3 flights of stairs we were not taking the pug out with that frequency.  She started acting out – eliminating in the house, screaming in panic when one of us took the puppy out or went to work, etc.  Despite lavishing the pug with attention and extra treats she still felt jilted.  And she flatly refused to interact with the new puppy.  I felt terrible for putting her under so much stress.

 

We got the DAP diffuser and within days the inappropriate elimination stopped.  She started interacting with the puppy during playtime, and she was calmer about meeting other dogs outside.  She’s still requires a lot of attention from us but she always was a velcro dog.  After ~4 months I halted the DAP therapy and she has been fine.  The girls are ultimate BFF rumpus buddies, now.  I keep a spare refill on hand for stressful situations like our recent move.  

 

Best of luck with your move.  I hope the DAP will help your girl cope with the change of environments!

 

(pro tip – all DAP products are vastly cheaper if you buy online from Dr. Foster and Smith.  They have big sales sometimes where I can get refills for $9.99/ea.  Normal price at Petsmart is $30!)

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I tried it on our puppy when we first got him. Didn’t seem to work at all. Several months later, we find that the outlet we were using to plug in the DAP was faulty. Go figure. I may revisit this option, though, as we are also moving soon and I don’t want the pup destroying the new house! Good luck with yours!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@kimmo416:  I had good results with the DAP diffuser when I adopted my dog (and I was hugely skeptical, so it’s not as if I was counting on it to work!) – there was a noticeable decrease in destructive/anxious behavior within 24 hours of plugging the thing in.  I will say, though, that the effectiveness faded over time (after the second month of use), so maybe save it for days/time periods where your dog really needs the ‘help’ rather than using it all the time? 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@loveandapitbull:  

@kimmo416:  

Just to let you know, a vet had told me that the diffuser plug in’s were only meant to last about 30 days.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Sweet_Tea:  yeah, we were on our second diffuser refill when the effects seemed to start wearing off.  I’ve heard of people using them on timers (liked you’d set if you were away from home for a while) as a way to prolong the life of the dispenser and avoid having the dog get too used to it.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

What a great post! I too have a “stranger danger” and very attached dog, a chiweenie. She is on schedule to get fixed next week and I am literally staying home with her to make sure she doesn’t go crazy and rip her stitches out or something. 

Where do you find these things?

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ShabbyChicBee:  Amazon.com!  I believe Petco stocks them now, too (brand name is “Comfort Zone”), but Amazon generally has the best prices. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@kimmo416:  Poor pup! Let us know how the diffuser works. I’ll keep fingers crossed for ya!

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