Choosing the right dog calming product for different stressful situations

Just like us, certain events or situations can cause stress in dogs. But unlike us, your dog can’t simply tell you what is causing this. Instead, dogs display their stress through problem behaviour, which can be distressing for owners too. Such problem behaviour may include furniture destruction, chewing or excessive barking. Some causes of stress cannot be removed, such as a new pet or family member, or moving house. This means choosing the right calming product is essential to help your dog feel more at ease.

Why choose Beaphar CaniComfort® to help your dog with stressful situations?

Beaphar CaniComfort® is a simple and effective solution to reducing problem behaviour in dogs and puppies of all ages. The product range uses a synthetic copy of the Dog Appeasing Pheromone to help your dog feel more at ease, wherever they are. The Dog Appeasing Pheromone is naturally produced by the bitch when she nurses her puppies, helping them to feel safe and reassured. These pheromones are instantly recognisable to dogs of all breeds and ages, whether they were nursed by the bitch or hand-reared as puppies

This means using a dog pheromone product, such as Beaphar CaniComfort®, will help reassure your dog and reduce problem behaviour.

Which Beaphar CaniComfort® product should I choose?

Which Beaphar CaniComfort® product should I choose?

Dogs may hide away from things that frighten them, like fireworks and thunderstorms.

While our homes are generally places we feel most comfortable, some events could cause our dogs to feel unsettled. The Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Diffuser is a complete pheromone starter kit containing a plug-in and one refill. It is useful for planned events like fireworks and parties, unexpected situations such as thunderstorms, and for general feelings of anxiety from everyday occurrences, such as being left at home alone. The easy-to-use calming diffuser can be placed anywhere in your home, and reassures your dog for up to 30 days.

For best results, the calming diffuser should be used continuously. Do not switch off at night or when you leave the house. Don’t forget to stock up on the Beaphar CaniComfort® 30 Day Refill as well, to ensure your dog feels at ease all year round.

For stress-free travel and vet visits

Long car journeys or visits to the vet can be a stressful experience for your dog. The Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Spray is pocket-sized, simple to use and effective for up to five hours.

To help your dog feel more at ease during the journey, simply spray your dog’s empty crate, blankets or the interior of your car 15 minutes before you set off. Do not use the spray on your dog or while your dog is inside their crate or the car.

The Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Spot-On is ideal for long car journeys or taking your dog on day trip, just apply the calming spot-on before you set off. As the spot-on provides reassurance that travels with your dog for up to one week, your dog will continue to feel calm once they reach their destination, whether that’s the vets or an outdoor adventure.

For kennel stays, training and socialisation

Some dogs love staying in kennels but for other dogs it fills them with anxiety. The Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Collar will help your dog feel more relaxed for the duration of their stay. One collar provides a calming effect that travels with your dog for up to 4 weeks, so you can relax on your holiday knowing your pet is relaxed on theirs.

If you’ve recently welcomed a puppy into your family, they’re a bundle of joy but also have a lot still to learn. The pheromones in the Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Collar – Puppy can help your puppy feel relaxed, meaning their more likely to respond to training positively.

For destructive behaviour in the home

For home-based problem behaviour, such as chewing or furniture destruction, we recommend using both the Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Diffuser and Calming Spray.

Use the Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Diffuser in the room where the problem behaviour is occurring. Then, use the Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Spray on the object/area where your dog exhibits the problem behaviour. The spray is effective for up to 5 hours per application, so you may need to reapply it to the object/area.

For moving house or bringing home a new puppy

Moving to a new home involves several situations your dog may find stressful, so we’d recommend using the Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Diffuser, Calming Collar and Calming Spray.

If you’re moving from one home to another we suggest your dog stays with a friend. Alternatively, you could consider placing them in kennels for the night. This avoids you worrying about losing your dog while trying to transition between houses.

Before setting off with your dog, fit a Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Collar. You may wish to do this a few days beforehand so your dog is reassured as the house is packed up and their environment changes. The calming collar is effective for up to 4 weeks, so will then provide them with continuous comfort during the journey and when they reach the kennels or friend’s home. If your dog will be travelling in the car, you can also spray the Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Spray in their dog crate or in the car 15 minutes before the journey.

Once you have dropped your dog off and arrived in your new house, plug in the Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Diffuser. The diffuser can take around a week to be fully effective depending on the size of the room (each diffuser is effective in an area up to 70m2, so you may need more than one for a large room). Just before you pick up your dog, spread some of their favourite toys in the room and spray their bed with Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Spray to help them settle quickly into their new home.

If you’re bringing home a new puppy or dog, simply plug in the calming diffuser around a week before collecting your dog. On the day, use the Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Spray in the car or dog crate before you set off to pick them up. Before you take your dog home, fit an adult or puppy Beaphar CaniComfort® Calming Collar to help reassure them as the settle into their new home.

When is using Beaphar CaniComfort® not the right choice for my dog?

There are certain situations when Beaphar CaniComfort® will not help your dog. This is because not all problem behaviour in dogs is caused by stress or a stressful situation.

Situations where problem behaviour may be occurring but Beaphar CaniComfort® will not produce the desired calming effect are:

  • If your dog has had poor or inconsistent training, or is lacking mental stimulation, this can lead to over-excitement, barking or destructive behaviour.
  • A lack of house training or an underlying medical condition could cause your dog to urinate indoors or in inappropriate places.
  • Your dog may be suffering from an underlying medical condition or irritation from external parasites, which may cause excessive licking and scratching.

If you believe your dog’s problem behaviour is being caused by one of the issues above, you should consult your vet or a dog behaviourist.