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Pheromones are naturally produced chemical substances that are instantly recognisable between animals of the same species. Different pheromones trigger a specific instinctive response from the animal. Dogs produce the ‘Dog Appeasing Pheromone’, which is used in some dog calming products. So, these products can effectively help reduce problem behaviour and stress in dogs. So, these products can effectively help reduce problem behaviour and general anxiety associated with stress in dogs.
But how exactly does it work?
The Dog Appeasing Pheromone is produced by the bitch when she nurses her puppies. This specific dog pheromone triggers an instinctive calming response, helping the puppies feel safe and reassured. It is also a crucial part of the bonding process between mother and puppy.
The Dog Appeasing Pheromone is instantly recognisable to dogs of all breeds and ages. It doesn't matter if they were hand-reared or nursed from the bitch.
The Dog Appeasing Pheromone is clinically proven to promote feelings of reassurance. This in turn can help to reduce problem behaviour and stress in dogs.
Dogs have a special structure located just above the roof of their mouth called the vomeronasal organ. This organ analyses different scents and smells. When your dog identifies the Dog Appeasing Pheromone, they will instantly feel relaxed and reassured.
The Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Range contains a synthetic copy of the Dog Appeasing Pheromone. This means we can mimic the pheromone’s calming effect, and provide dogs with a message of continuous reassurance.
When dogs feel comfortable and reassured, they are less likely to exhibit problem behaviour, such as furniture destruction or urinary marking.
Beaphar CaniComfort® is ideal for use before or during a specific stressful situation, such as fireworks or travelling. It's also useful for reducing problem behaviour that has occurred around the home as a result of a stressful situation. For example, destructive behaviour after moving house. You can learn more about signs of stress in dogs here.
You can also use Beaphar CaniComfort® during new learning periods. Helping your dog feel more at ease during this potentially stressful situation allows them to concentrate more easily, and can help improve their training.
Stress or a stressful situation isn't always the cause of problem behaviour in dogs. In these cases Beaphar CaniComfort® may not produce the desired calming effect. It is important to first identify the cause of your dog’s problem behaviour.
However, if you believe your dog’s problem behaviour is due to any of the following, you should seek further advice from a vet or dog behaviourist.
If you are concerned about the health of your dog or unsure if the behaviour is due to a medical reason, seek veterinary advice.
If your dog is displaying aggressive behaviour towards other dogs, pets or people Beaphar CaniComfort® will not be effective.
You should consult your vet or a dog behaviourist as a priority.