What are dog plug in diffusers?

Dog plug in diffusers are used a lot but what are they? 

They can be used in the treatment of anxiety-based behaviour problems for dogs. These diffusers contain pheromones. Pheromones are a chemical substance that is produced and released into the environment and can affect the behaviour of other animals of the same species. Female dogs secrete a pheromone, Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP), from some cells placed between their mammary glands. This can have a calming effect on their pups, which they may remain sensitive to in adulthood. A synthetic form of DAP has been produced to help replicate the soothing influence on dogs, which can be useful for management of anxiety and stress related behaviours. 

What are dog plug in diffusers used for?

Synthetic hormone diffuses can be helpful for puppies settling into their new homes, but also can have positive effects on adults. It is also thought to have an impact in anxiety reduction, therefore for any situation that generates fear or distress reactions, such as separation anxiety, noise phobias during fireworks or adverse weather conditions. 

How effective are dog plug in diffusers?

A DAP diffuser is best used in combination with behavioural therapies and management to help with behavioural issues. There is a very small chance of side effects associated with use of a DAP diffuser, however they may not always make a detectable impact on the dog so it’s best not to rely on it as a sole tool!