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DAP Dog Appeasing Pheremone?

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This Little Piggie

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Hi

We have just used the collar version as our dog was scared to death of the fireworks (we have recently rescued him) I wont be without one next year. If you are going to get one make sure your dogs neck is measured as it works off the dogs body heat. Your dog would have had to had it on for a couple of weeks before the event :)

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No but I've heard great things! How old is the dog? The spray lasts for half hour while the collar is there permanently round the neck, you just have to make sure it doesn't get wet.
 

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I used a DAP spray, plug in and collar on a lurcher with horrendous separation anxiety, it made no difference whatsoever. I do know people who have used it though with good results. xx
 

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Bonnie is two-and-a-half years old, we adopted her just under three weeks ago. She's settled in well, but she hates travelling in the car, she starts to shake and tries to get out of the carrier. I try and walk her before I attempt to get her into the car, wait until she's calm, make no fuss and am quite 'matter of fact' so she doesn't get too anxious - but she clearly is. She also hates sudden noises and the vacumn cleaner. Apart from that she's such a good girl and is no problem being left alone.
 

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I would propose spray for travelling, and build up taking her on short journeys regularly. Then diffuser within the house to just calm her and keep her relaxed so less likely to jump to noises etc. Although this will cost you a lot .. any of it will.
 

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I would give the nurse at your vets a call for advice. We to rescued a lovley lovey dog a while ago and have received lots of good sound advice from the nurse at our practice (all free I hasten to add) :):)
 

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Bonnie is two-and-a-half years old, we adopted her just under three weeks ago. She's settled in well, but she hates travelling in the car, she starts to shake and tries to get out of the carrier. I try and walk her before I attempt to get her into the car, wait until she's calm, make no fuss and am quite 'matter of fact' so she doesn't get too anxious - but she clearly is. She also hates sudden noises and the vacumn cleaner. Apart from that she's such a good girl and is no problem being left alone.
She is beautiful x)
 

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She's lovely

You need to build her up very very slowly. First reward her (tasty treats) just for standing near the car. Closer... treat... closer. As long as she's still relaxed. That's enough for one session.

Then same again, but near the car with the door / boot open. Treat.. relax... treat... etc.

Then encourage her to put her feet up onto the boot / into the door (wherever she travels). Again, treat. Fuss. Ignore any fear or nerves. If at any point she suddenly starts freaking, go back a stage until she is relaxed, reward and finish the session.

All of this needs to happen over lots of short sessions (minutes at a time) over several days, depending on her progress.

Once she is happy to be touching the car / half in the encourage her right in and just sit with her, feeding treats all the time she is calm.

Once she is happy to sit in the car, she can have all of her meals in there.

Once she is happy to get in and sit by herself, you can try closing the door / boot.

Once she is happy with it being closed, you can get in and start the engine.

Once she is happy with the engine running, you can drive a short distance...etc.

Slowly but surely- desensitise her to it. Don't reward fear / nerves, it will only make her more sure there is something to be fearful of!

Have you tried clicker training?

Sophie (with dog hat on!)
 

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I had the collar for my dog who is extremely nervous and suffers anxiety and it didn't make a single bit of difference, it was a total waste of around £30.
 

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She's lovely

You need to build her up very very slowly. First reward her (tasty treats) just for standing near the car. Closer... treat... closer. As long as she's still relaxed. That's enough for one session.

Then same again, but near the car with the door / boot open. Treat.. relax... treat... etc.

Then encourage her to put her feet up onto the boot / into the door (wherever she travels). Again, treat. Fuss. Ignore any fear or nerves. If at any point she suddenly starts freaking, go back a stage until she is relaxed, reward and finish the session.

All of this needs to happen over lots of short sessions (minutes at a time) over several days, depending on her progress.

Once she is happy to be touching the car / half in the encourage her right in and just sit with her, feeding treats all the time she is calm.

Once she is happy to sit in the car, she can have all of her meals in there.

Once she is happy to get in and sit by herself, you can try closing the door / boot.

Once she is happy with it being closed, you can get in and start the engine.

Once she is happy with the engine running, you can drive a short distance...etc.

Slowly but surely- desensitise her to it. Don't reward fear / nerves, it will only make her more sure there is something to be fearful of!

Have you tried clicker training?

Sophie (with dog hat on!)
Thank you very much for that great advice Sophie, I will endeavour to try this training out. I feel she is gaining a little more confidence each day, especially with traffic noise, so I'm sure well get there eventually! :)
(Can this perhaps apply this to the noise of the vacumn cleaner too?)
I have to remember she's had change in her young life and everything is new to her once again. She'll enjoy the treats during the training, that's for sure :))
 

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The above really applies to anything that she finds scary right now, same principles. As you don't know what early socialisation she had or what she's missed out on, you would treat eg vacuum the sane way.

Go in room with vacuum cleaner in it, switched off, treat. Move closer, still relaxed, treat and so on until happy to be right next to it.

Then vacuum switched on, but dog in next room. Treat any relaxed behaviour. Open door; treat. Step closer, treat and so on.

Then repeat but with someone pushing vacuum

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Thanks Sophie. I've invested in a clicker, but really have to get some consistency going. Showed her the vacumn cleaner (switched off) tonight, she came close and even took treats very close to it, only did this for a couple of minutes. Will build this up over time. Thanks again hun x
 

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I know dogs require training but just wondered if it'd be at all useful to try using Bach's Rescue Remedy in the short term? (I assume it can be used on all animals but not sure about that, so check first!)

One of my pigs doesn't travel too well, so I've used it on essential car journeys (to the Vet) and he's been much more relaxed after a dab of Rescue Remedy behind each ear.

Good luck - she's a very cute dog :)
 
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I know dogs require training but just wondered if it'd be at all useful to try using Bach's Rescue Remedy in the short term? (I assume it can be used on all animals but not sure about that, so check first!)

One of my pigs doesn't travel too well, so I've used it on essential car journeys (to the Vet) and he's been much more relaxed after a dab of Rescue Remedy behind each ear.

Good luck - she's a very cute dog :)
I've used Rescue Remedy myself -found it excellent for calming the nerves, so great suggestion Missy, thank you. I'll see how Bonnie is with a few drops.
 

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we tried the diffuser on out older dog, but really had no affect.

we now use scullcap and valerian tablets. And have used the compound too for immediate effects www.dorwest.com
 
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