This article is from our January 2011 Newsletter but we feel as new customers begin at The Dog Haus or those doing research on daycares this is very useful information.
Here at The Dog Haus we pride ourselves on our ability to break down different behaviors and explain them with each of you if needed. We may recommend the use of calming tools if we notice certain behavioral ques from your dog that may include shaking while sitting still, excessive panting, misplaced yawning, mounting, marking, or drooling. Our utmost concern on a day to day bases is the happiness of the dogs we are trusted with. We want them to enjoy coming to day care and provide a safe environment for everyone. Some of the nervous behaviors, if not recognized, can lead to something more serious. There are many different calming tools we may recommend which include DAP collars, calming pills, or thunder shirts.
DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromones) collars mimic the pheromone that the mother dog produces to calm and reassure her puppies. Dogs recognize these pheromones throughout life. It is an effective and natural way to help dogs cope with new situations.
Calming pills work internally to balance the mind. These pills can be purchased at Bad Dog Frida, Mounds, and other area pet stores. While this is a good option, more serious cases may require your veterinarian to evaluate your pet.
Compression shirts or “thunder shirts” work with a hugging technique around your dogs chest. Studies by the company that produce this shirt show that of the 2000 dogs tested, 80% showed a significant improvement in symptoms while wearing the thundershirt. More information and studies can be found on www.thundershirt.com.