Who doesn’t recall at least one instance with a human being where just standing next to him or her felt calming and peaceful? Perhaps some of that is because the person was kind or gentle, but studies show that you might have just reacted to them on a pure visceral level.
Such an organic reaction is often the result of good old-fashioned chemistry, aka: pheromones. Pheromones can best be described as an invisible substance, imbedded in one’s chemistry that inexplicably draws one to another and creates a feeling of wellbeing. If your first boyfriend (or Johnny Depp) can have such a profound effect on your normally anxious, uptight self, is it possible that a pheromone dog collar could do the same for your stressed out pooch? The surprising answer is yes.
Pheromone Dog Collars
Studies are showing that dogs are reacting very well to pheromone collars, sometimes reducing their anxiety up to 80%. Infused with essential oil of lavender or synthetic versions of the herb, these collars can also help with separation anxiety, extreme barking, aggressive behavior and spraying. Synthetic collars start at $10.00 with more natural products ranging from $20 – $30. Both of these options last for thirty days.
Is the Money Worth the Effect?
While the cost of these collars seems a bit pricey, many find that the extra dollars far outweighs the price of replacing shoes, couches and drapes that were the innocent victims of Fido’s neuroses.
Sprays and Diffusers
If collars aren’t your pet’s thing, you can join other owners who have found luck with diffusers and sprays. These items rely on essential oils to stimulate pheromones. What makes this option different than the actual collar is that the pet (and you for that matter) actually breathe in the mist. The oils then go directly into your blood stream and enter your brain – literally changing how you and your animal feel. The result? Calm. Clear headed. Peaceful.
How does it Work?
When a puppy was first on its mother’s breast, the mother released pheromones, signaling to the dog that it was safe and secure. If a puppy is separated from its mom too early, or perhaps underwent trauma at a young age, it unfortunately realized early that it wasn’t safe. Even when the dog was placed in a home of people who loved it, its brain still told it, Danger! Danger! A collar or spray can reintroduce the idea that they are, indeed, out of harm’s way.
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by Andrea Frazer for SimpleRx
Andrea Frazer is a writer, wife, mom to two Tweens and a rescue dog. Check back for more of her posts and tips on healthy living, healthcare awareness as well as the latest news and ways to benefit from SimpleRx Prescription Discount Program.