With all of our kids home for the holidays our house has turned in to Grand Central Station. The abundance of noise and chaos agitates our very sensitive Great Dane, Shakespeare, to the point that he jumps up on folks, paces back and forth, and barks for no apparent reason. A super time to test Sentry's Calming Collar for dogs!
The claim: Sentry claims that the collar helps dogs in fearful or stressful situations (separation anxiety, fireworks, thunderstorms, visitors, new baby, traveling, pulling on leash, whining, chewing, aggression, incessant barking). The collar mimics pheromones that mother dogs produce to calm and reassure her puppies. The collar releases pheromones for up to 30 days and is non-toxic.
Watch the Science Behind the Pheromones video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEDGdvwEp60&feature=relmfu
The test: Upon opening the collar's packaging I was greeted with the pleasing scent of lavender and chamomile. There was quite a bit of powdery residue that fell from the collar when we first opened it which the box states activates the "pheromone technology." The generous 28" collar fit easily around Shakey's neck with collar to spare which we snipped off with scissors.
The following day, as family members began pouring through the door, we paid close attention to Shakespeare's behavior waiting for the jumping, pacing and barking to begin, "when much to our wondering eyes did appear" a very calm and shockingly stress-free pup. Even our 3 year old granddaughter's boisterous behavior failed to get so much as a twitch out of our gentle giant. We were simply amazed!
Final word: We found the Sentry Calming Collar for dogs did live up to its claim to calm our fretful, furry family member and would strongly recommend it to anyone with a fearful or anxious pup.
Where to buy: The Sentry Calming Collar for dogs can be purchased in-store and online at most pet supply retail stores including Petco.com for $9.99.
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