Dog appeasing pheromone (D.A.P.®)

Dog appeasing pheromone (D.A.P.®)
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Dr. Creech: D.A.P. ® (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) is a synthetic, pheromone-based product that naturally controls and manages erratic canine behavior associated with anxiety, fear and stress. Unlike medications that sedate dogs or cause negative side effects, D.A.P. mimics the natural pheromone released by a mother dog to calm and reassure her pups.
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The active ingredient in Comfort Zone® Adaptil® products is an analogue of the dog appeasing pheromone released by the female while nursing.

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Help your dog stop suffering from panic attacks or phobia miseries fast. There is help in the form of the dog appeasing pheromone used in the pheromone therapy. Pheromone therapy has been very effective and successful in treating phobias and stress experienced by dogs.The behavioural effects of dog appeasing pheromone (DAP) continuously administered over a 7-day period, were evaluated in adult dogs housed in a public animal shelter. Barking amplitude (dB) and the frequency of discrete behavioural responses to two temperament tests associated with fear, separation and excitable behaviour (Arrowsmith, unpublished data) were recorded in 37 treatment and 17 control dogs. Mean barking amplitude (Leq) and barking frequency were significantly reduced in dogs subject to DAP exposure for 7 days (P 0.001, Lpeak) were not significantly altered. There was also some reduction in the barking amplitude of dogs during the 1 min recovery period, following a distraction. Following 7 days of DAP exposure, there were significant differences in resting (P = 0.03), barking (P 0.04) and sniffing frequency (P = 0.01) in response to a friendly stranger. There were no highly significant differences in response to a neutral stranger. The preliminary tests indicate that DAP is a useful palliative tool for reducing some behavioural indicators of stress in dogs. Further tests are necessary to investigate the use of DAP in canine stress reduction in conjunction with traditional behavioural therapy programmes.DAP = "dog appeasement pheromone" is a synthetic equivalent to a pheromone secreted by the sebaceous glands around the nipples of a nursing bitch; thus it is supposed to remind a dog of that very safe, secure, happy feeling the dog had as a suckling puppy. It has been used as an adjunctive treatment in Separation Anxiety, ie being used as an addition to the standard behavioral modification protocol of gradual desensitization with or without additional use of psychotropic medications. It has the advantage of being moderately priced and no known safety or side effect issues. It is hard to see how it could have any undesirable side effects. Some recent studies described at the UC Davis Vet School Behavior Symposium by Dr Jacqui Neilson DVM , a Board certified veterinary behaviorist practicing at the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, Oregon, indicate that DAP be useful in addition to standard desensitization and counter-conditioning treatment for a number of anxiety based conditions. Pheromones are natural chemicals within animals and are said to be the chemical that affects animal behavior. For dog appeasing pheromone therapy, pheromones are taken in through the nasal passage of the dog to produce a calming effect on one part of the brain that is connected to the dog’s behavior and emotion.