D.A.P.™ (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) is a great product for dogs who are having problems managing stress.
A pheromone is a natural chemical that animals, especially mammals, secrete which can have an effect on behaviour or development of animals of their species. D.A.P. is the pheromone that bitches secrete when they have puppies and are lactating. Within 3-5 days of giving birth, the bitch secretes this pheromone and it has a calming effect on her puppies.
Scientists have isolated this chemical compound and re-created it in the lab, creating the D.A.P. product. I can speak from experience that this product helps to manage temporary behavioural and anxiety problems. Things like separation anxiety, the anxiety brought on by a change of home, having to go to a boarding kennel, or fear of thunderstorms are all situations where D.A.P. can be used.
8-10 sprays of the product (pictured) are recommended, to be sprayed in the dog’s environment 15 minutes before they are introduced to it. D.A.P. is also available in a plug-in diffuser that consistently delivers it to the environment. There is a slight alcohol smell when you first spray the product, this quickly disappears.
You can buy D.A.P. from veterinarians; shop around for the best price!
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand