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ADAPTIL Collar Small/Medium Dog

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Is your dog barking excessively, whining and hiding?

These behaviors are likely caused by fear and anxiety.

ADAPTIL is a clinically proven, drug-free solution that helps your dog feel calmer.

ADAPTIL Calm On-The-Go Collar provides “comforting messages” (dog appeasing pheromones) that helps dogs feel calm and relaxed in situations like loud noises (thunderstorms and fireworks), staying alone, traveling or other fearful situations. These odorless messages are only perceived by dogs and provide a strong signal of security and comfort. Cats and people are not affected.

Small ADAPTIL collar is for dogs of all ages, weighing 35 pounds or less and should be used continuously for at least 1 month. Collar should be removed during grooming and bathing.

  • #1 brand used and recommended by veterinarians.
  • Clinically proven to work.
  • Drug-free solution that helps reduce signs of fear and anxiety, like whining, hiding and excessive barking.
  • Activated by body heat to provide constant reassurance for dogs indoors, outdoors or on-the-go. Fits dogs < 35 lbs, provides up to 4 weeks of support.
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Useful Information

  • Place a finger in the plastic loop situated in the inside of the collar close to the buckle
  • Using this loop pull the thin plastic to uncoil the collar
  • Fasten the collar
  • Place over your dogs head to tie loosely around the neck.
  • Tighten the collar to fit snugly with your dog's skin
  • You should be able to place no more than 2 fingers between collar and dog's skin.
  • Ensure the collar is fixed inside the buckle
  • Cut off the excess portion of the collar

ADAPTIL Collar wil last 4 weeks. Replace collar as required. Unless you are shampooing the dog, the collar must remain on at all times. Duration of use must be determined by the nature/cause of the fear (see table below) and according to the duration of combined behavior therapy.

Caution Remove the collar before bathing or shampooing your dog and replace it after the dog's coat is dry. Collar will not release pheromone when wet.
  • Do not use collar on dogs with extensive skin lesions
  • DAP Collar is not a pharmaceutical product
  • Canine appeasing pheromone analogue.....................5%
  • Excipients. q.s..................................1 collar 100%
Learn about Noise Fears and What You Can Do to Help Your Dog

It's a completely natural reaction to be startled by unexpected loud noises. In fact, a geas response to a loud noise is actually a sensible protective mechanism. But some dogs have a reaction to noise so intense that it seriously impairs their quality of life. These extreme reactions are called "Noise Phobias." Unfortunately, dogs don't outgrow noise phobias and in fact will likely persist and worsen over time if intervention strategies aren't implemented.

Incidence: Phobias associated with noise are not uncommon in dogs and can be seen as early as 9 weeks of age. Research has shown that up to 50% of dogs may have a noise phobia.1 The most common phobias include fireworks, thunderstorms, vacuum cleaners, loud voices, engines, door bangs, party poppers and bird scare devices. Dogs with noise phobias are often fearful of amny loud noises. Dogs of all ages can be afflicted with noise phobias, but in one study 78% of the dogs were between 1-5 yrs of age.

Signs & Symptoms: Dogs react differently to noise phobias. Their reaction can be minor - including whinning or panting - or the reaction can be extreme with the dog fractically trying to escape the home of their enclosure.

    Some Common symptoms are:
  • Trembling
  • Barking
  • Escaping
  • Whimpering
  • Cowering
  • Vomiting
  • Panic
  • Seeking human attention
  • Shaking
  • Hiding
  • Whining
  • Panting
  • Salvatign
  • Diarrhea
  • Destructiveness
  • Inappropriate urination or defecation

Causes of Noise Phobias: No one really knows what causes some individuals to develop noise phobias. Possible causes include: genetic sensitivity to loud noises and sudden traumatic events associated with noise.

Dogs at Risk of Noise Phobias: Any dog can develop a noise phobia, but there are some populations of dogs that appear to be more susceptible:

  • Dogs adopted from an animal shelter
  • Certain breeds such as working group dogs, herding breeds and hounds
  • Dogs that were not exposed to noise at a young age, but exposed to noise later in life.

Helping your dog cope: Reacting to noise is very normal and an instinctual response that helps an animal respond to threats. A healthy response to noise is demonstrated by a quick recovery in the dog when it realizes that there is nothing truly threatening. But a dog that develops an intense, persistent fear of noise has developed a phobia and that is a much more challenging problem to overcome. Dogs experiencing phobias can seriously injure themselves in their attempt to escape from what they perceive an immediate life threatening danger.

It's also important to realize that dogs may be experiencing anxiety in response to noises no matter how well they may respond to commands during a storm or other noisy event. Fear and anxiety are biological responses that have nothing to do with the intelligence of the dog. In fact, these responses are completely out of the dogs control once the emotional response has been associated with the event that scares the animal. Even the most well-trained dog who responds to "down" obedience during thunderstorms may still be suffering from fear even if he or she appears to be "well-behaved."

    Steps you can take to help your dog cope with Noise Phobia
  • Develop a treatment plan in conjunction with your veterinarian. It's important to make sure your veterinarian is part of the process, as she can guide you to the right resources, monitor your dog's progress and offer medical intervention if necessary.
  • Build a "Safe Area" or Den for your dog to escape from noise when needed. Pick an area that is quiet, away from windows and activity. Your dog may already have an area she favors such as a closet or under the bed. You can create an area by putting a blanket over a kennel. Make sure the area is comfortable, with a dog bed or blankents. Give her treats, toys and chews in the den so that she associates the area with good, positive things. Never force her into this area or lock her into it! It must be a place that she chooses to go because she feels safe there! Also supplement the area with Adaptil pheromone products to help provide additional reassurance. Allow her the freedom to access the den whenever she needs to, and ask the family to leave her alone and not approach her when she is in the den - lettung her come to you when she is ready.
  • Use clinically proven pheromones. Adaptil® is te only clinically proven pheromone product to help reduce reactions to loud noises including fireworks and thunderstorms.2,3 Adaptil® is a synthetic copy of a comforting pheromone emitted by the mother dog after birth. These pheromones help comfort and reassure puppies. This pheromone can be detected by dogs of all ages and signals a calm and confident presence. Dor best resilts, start using Adaptil® at least one week prior to the stressul event (if possible), and contine use for a full 30 days. Adaptil® has no contra-indications, can be used long term and also can be used with drug or nutritional therapies.
  • Your veterinarian may recommend medication. There are several short-term medications that can be given on an "as needed" basis. There are also drugs that can be given continuously to manage long-term stressful situations. Long-term medications may be more important when the dog has other anxiety related problems.
  • Consider desensitization training. If a dog is afraid of noises, desensitization training may be needed. Desensitization means to make less sensitive. It involves a gradual process of exposing the dog to the trigger that he fears with a weak, less threatening version. Over time the dog becomes desensitized to the noise at the weaker level. The noise is slowly intensified until a full or nomal version is reached. You can find more information about this process at ASPCA.ORG.

Behavioral therapy should only be carried out when the chance of exposure to noises is small. It typically takes around 6 weeks to begin to see an improvement, and should therefore be started well ahead of anticipated noisy events such as thunderstorms and fireworks. For fireworks and thunderstorm phobias, behavioral therapy is best introduced in the fall, but may vary region to region.

Help Prevent Noise Phobias in Young Dogs To help prevent noise phobias in puppies, it is important to expose puppies to a variety of mild sounds and stimuli while they are young, Use lots of treats and positive reinforcement when they experience new and potentially frightening things.

  • Expose your puppy to a variety of different (mild) noises, lights, handling and movement
  • Fit puppies, especially those adopted from a shelter, with an Adaptil collar as soon as they are adopted. Continue using a collar for the next 4 months to help them through the critical learning and socialization phase.

Customer Reviews

Review Summary
43 Reviews
30% (13)
26% (11)
2% (1)
7% (3)
35% (15)
58% Recommend this product (25 of 43 responses)
By Lani
Redwood country of Calif.
Appears to have an allergy to the collar
March 26, 2022
My 3 year old Doxie mix is a happy-go-luck pup. Only one bad "habit". She pants and wimpers when she rides in the car. As we live in a quite rural area, that becomes a problem when we have to go to town (about once a week). So we bought the collar. It seemed to work for the first 15 or so minutes, then she startd panting and wimpering. It continued for the entire 4 hours we were out. About an hour after we got home, I fed the dogs (we also have a pug with no problems). We ten fed them their dinner (same food as always and the Doxie, who is a chow hound type, ate about 1/4 of it and walked away. We tried everything we could think of with no success. I decided to take the collar off and within 15 minutes, she was back eating and ate every bite (as always).

I tried it this AM, and had the same results. It now resides in the garbage can and Lucy is happy. I guess we will just put up with the pantng and whimpering. Love her tooooo much to put her through it again.
  • Use care in a chemically sensitive pup.
By Joy
Item expired upon receipt
June 26, 2020
Expiration date for Adaptil collar was already expired upon receipt. Customer service did not respond to email notifying them of this issue. Will be returning and will not order again from Entirely Pets.
  • None
  • Expired merchandise upon receipt
By Paula D.
Got the dog I wanted
October 4, 2019
I put the Dap on him at the vet's office and by the time we got home, 30 minutes or so, it was already working for him. His face looked not so nervous like usual. He sleeps with us and hes next to my husband and down towards the end of the bed. Last note he was up at the top of the covers and had fixed himself a place to lay down where he could put just his nose under the cover , hasn't wanted to lay by us like that FOREVER. He laid down close to my hand and kept pushing his nose trying to get me to rub his ears. Hasn't Ever done that'!! I would give the Dap a try ,its a small price to pay to get a calmer loving dog back. Sometimes he'd be friendlier with strangers than with me. I am so happy with it and I cant praise it enough. Just try it you owe it to your baby.
By Cynthia
Ocala, Florida
Helps somewhat
June 27, 2019
The collar helps a bit with Thunder storms and other loud noises.
By Mom T.
St. Augustine, FL
Poor Quality
April 15, 2019
Does not stay on active pet! He plays with is other pet brother and it gets yanked off every time I put it on him.
By dogowner
Did not help my dog
February 15, 2019
Did not help our lab. No change in behavior. Still whines when my husband leaves the house or just goes into another room. Also gets scared of simple things still. Not worth buying again since it did not help us.
By Adaptil F.
Life Saver!!
December 24, 2018
This product is a game changer for our anxious rescue. I know it doesn't work on all dogs, but it's a miracle product for ours. We could see a subtle change within a minute of putting it on. Just a little bit of calming and comfort goes a long way for a dog with PTSD.
  • Easy to use, effective.
  • Expensive for monthly use.
By TammyB
Jim Thorpe, PA
Didn't work for me
November 1, 2018
We recently moved and our 2 year old and 9 month old have been destructive whenever we leave the house. I previously used a DAP collar and it worked great, so I tried again. Unfortunately, it didn't help either of them. I am very disappointed.
By Eileen
Not so good
October 11, 2018
I bought the Adaptil collar a month ago and unfortunately it did nothing. I saw absolutely no change in Jake at all. I would not try the on the go collar again.
  • Affordable
  • No change
By Lynne1410
Really helps
February 13, 2018
Adopted a nervous Doxle. She was afraid of seeing her shadow and drinking water scared her. The collar started working within a few days. After a month we noticed her anxiety rise a bit and put on a fresh collat. Hoping she will acclimate as time goes on.
By Pat
Awesome product
August 8, 2017
This collar settled my dog down immediately. I now leave it on for the months of storms and firecrackers. Change it every 28 days.
By Patty
Tempe, AZ
Not a good purchase
February 27, 2017
I bought the collar and the diffuser...both products are expensive...considering that the collar is only good for four weeks. My dog has been using this collar for almost three weeks and his separation anxiety is the same. I do not recommend the collar or the diffuser..
By Lou
Buffalo, NY
Calming Collar, Didn't work
February 16, 2017
I purchased the calming collar for my dog. It is supposed to put out a scent that calms the pet. He wore it for a week. It never provided the calming effect it boasted in the ad. He continued to pant anxiously, bark at every loud noise, and bump in the night. It was a waste of money.
By Lillibet714
Burlington, VT
Good product
February 9, 2017
Bought the Adaptil collar to use in addition to the spray. Works really well for the first week, maybe two then wears off and does not have the same calming effects the latter two weeks in the life of the collar. I still recommend it especially if you have a highly anxious dog. It definitely helps and if we can, we plan to buy one a month for her to help her to relax and enjoy all the new experiences in her life.
By Karin
January 27, 2017
I placed this collar on my dog that was afraid of every little noise and it was almost an instant change. I could not believe it but she was totally calm and seemed to relax naturally. I also bought the spray but have not had to use that. WONDERFUL product!
By Geri
Chicago, IL
Really helps!
June 30, 2016
Lou suffered from terrible anxiety. The Adaptil collar and room diffuser have been just great. We also purchased calming chews. No more excessive panting, whining, pacing, etc. Calm ,but not a zombie.
By Lisab
Rochester, NY
love it!
June 22, 2016
I purchased 4 to trial for various behaviors, along with the diffuser. It took a couple of weeks but I noticed the change in my 12 year old greyhound mix first. She was not as skiddish and jumpy. I then noticed the pack was calm during a thunderstorm...they typically end up in my recliner with me after the first rumble. The best came when I went to leash my manners class drop out...typically a squirrel but now sits patiently. Hmmmm I wonder if they make these for husbands
By Hunan
Wanette, OK
Skeptical but Amazed
June 8, 2016
I have 4 dogs, 3 of which are Pits - we live on an acreage with 10 of it fenced in so the dogs can roam. Evidently one of my pits (3 yrs old) was possibly shot at because she just started becoming very anxious with loud noises and storms. I tried Benedryl but it only lasts so long and it's not good to continue to give it to her. I contacted a local vet and she mentioned this product (their cost was $39.99). Not wanting to pay that for a product I knew nothing about, I got on this site, reviewed the product, and decided to purchase (hoping it was not a mistake). This collar has made all the difference in the world for my dog. She still gets a little anxious but no longer pants and shakes (even tries to hide) until I think she is going to have a heart attack. I truly recommend this collar to those who are experiencing the same issues with their pets. Truly amazing the difference in her then and now.
By Nana
Midlothian Texas
Mind blowing fabulous
April 30, 2016
This collar is a God send. We have had the worse storms lately and Rosie could care less. She is calm and sleeps right thru them. I originally purchased to see if it would help in training class since she is a nervous border collie. Can't say it work there but it sure worked with the thunder and lightening.
By 2Husky M.
Los Angeles
Calming to some extent
October 7, 2015
My dogs tend to escape once in a while, especially with thunder or fireworks. It's hard to tell how well the collars are working, but there haven't been fireworks or thunder lately. But my male Husky is definitely calmer in general since wearing this. My female is unchanged but she is more hyper in general so it doesn't seem to do much for her. I plan to continue using them just because it seems to relax the male so much that it can't be hurting anything.
By LadyDi
Helps reduce anxiety and hyperactivity
August 24, 2015
I have found the collar to be very effective as a calming product for several of my dogs.
By I D.
St. Cloud, FL
Adaptil Collar
August 8, 2015
I am very pleased with this product. My 13 year young has been terrified of storms her whole life. She would shake & hide the entire night. We have other calming Products (Pet Calm), but having to give it to all 4 of the Dogs. This collar has calmed the eldest & in turn stopped the others from reacting also. I still keep Pet Calm on hand & I have not used this product in a Firework Situation yet.

This Product did not work for Our Boy getting Agitated (Dogs playing in yard next to course & barking dogs in the Professional Kennel) at Agility Class..... I hope this is helpful to others : )
By Smoochpie
Seems to help
July 12, 2015
Our 10 yr old lab has become more anxious as she's gotten older. This collar seems to take the edge off. It's not a dramatic change, but she seems a bit more relaxed.
By Starrsmom
Wonderful product
June 22, 2015
Our 14 year old chow has been frightened by thunderstorms and fireworks for years! We usually have to give her a calming medication which would last about 4 hours. With the collar, she is calm and able to go without the medicine most of the time! Very pleased that we don't have the wee hour wake up whine!
By Krissy
New York, NY
Calms nicely, not tolerated though
January 30, 2015
My very sweet but anxious Pekingese calmed very nicely to the collar. However, she was so agitated by the feel of it that she scratched her skin raw around the collar in less than 24 hours. I needed to take it off, take care of the wound, and not use it anymore sadly.
By Bren
New Mexico
Not working for what I wanted
March 28, 2014
I had hoped it would the decrease the dominance battle and urine marking between my two male dogs, but no luck. It's just as bad as ever
By Bee
Review for ADAPTIL On-The-Go Collar for Dogs (Large)
March 28, 2014
Unfortunately, this did not work well for our dog.
By Minnie's M.
Pittsburgh, PA
Not worth it
January 27, 2014
Recommended from our vet with the instructions to give it at least a month or two to see results. We stuck it out for about six months with very little results. My border collie mix is still very nervous and anxious and I honestly don't think it did a thing for her.
By kay
Did not work
October 10, 2013
I tried this with my dog and he still hasn't gotten over any anxiety. He has shewed on all my new furniture
Works for Us!
September 19, 2013
Our 7 year old Springer Spaniel/Lab has grand mal seizures and is on a large "cocktail" of meds. He also does not like changes when his "pack" is not all together. Our vet recommended the Adptil collar for his use during a time when I was going to be gone for 2 weeks. Twice my husband observed signs that he was going to seize. He started talking to the dog and rubbing the collar - no seizure! We are re-ordering and will keep using it on a regular base to hopefully slow down the frequency of his seizures and help our special guy lead a comfortable life.

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