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ADAPTIL Calm Home Diffuser for Dogs (30 Day Starter Kit) 48 ml

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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 Home Diffuser provides “comforting messages” (dog appeasing pheromones) that helps dogs feel calm and relaxed in situations like loud noises (thunderstorms and fireworks), staying home alone, 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.

ADAPTIL Calm Home Diffuser starter kit includes one diffuser head and one refill vial.

Plug in diffuser where your dog spends the most time. Should be used continuously for at least 30 days. Covers an area up to 700 sq. ft.

It is recommended to replace the refill every 4 weeks, even if a small amount of liquid remains in the vial (the vial will never be completely empty). Diffusers should be replaced every 6 months.

  • #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.
  • Provides your dog with continuous and constant comfort. Starter kit includes one diffuser head and one vial that lasts up to 30 days.
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Useful Information


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 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 many 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 whining or painting - or the reaction can be extreme with the dog frantically 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 dog's 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 blankets. 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 - letting her come to you when she is ready.
  • Use clinically proven pheromones. Adaptil® is the 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. For best results, start using Adaptil® at least one week prior to the stressful event (if possible), and continue 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 normal 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
48 Reviews
63% (30)
19% (9)
4% (2)
4% (2)
10% (5)
81% Recommend this product (39 of 48 responses)
By Cara
United States
So far No Improvement
March 11, 2020
I bought this in hopes when we go out it would maybe keep him somewhat calm. Its only about 2 and half weeks, and He still crys and howls when we leave him. and we really aren't gone long maybe run to the store...I wouldn't even attempt to leave him for long periods at this point. We are retired, and he is only 7 months old,But we started to leave him from the moment we got him because this is what I didn't want to happen. He seems to have SEVERE separation anxiety. Ive read every thing I could I don't know what else to do but he hope he out grows it. Nothing seems to help him. MY vet recommended this but Again so far NO improvement.
By Dogmom3
Kansas City
Works well!
July 29, 2018
I bought this for my older dog who has increasing anxiety every year with fireworks. It worked well to keep her calmer. It did NOT knock her out, if that's what you are looking for, but it did decease her anxiety down to a tolerable level.
By Love A.
Wyoming, MI
Great for new puppy
April 30, 2017
Picked up a diffuser for bedroom & living room to help our new puppy get settled in. Also works well for our 12 year old that doesn't' like thunder storms.
By Will
Heath, OH
January 10, 2017
We have noticed our shepherd seems to be calmer and not growling at our new puppy so much.
By Christine
Not for us, but worth a try
January 5, 2017
I got this diffuser to try with my moderately anxious dog. It didn't help at all. I still gave the product 4 stars though as I know that different things work for different dogs. For about $30, I definitely think it is worth it to try for stressed dogs.
By Lisab
Rochester, NY
need one in every house
June 22, 2016
what a great product! i purchased the collar and diffuser for the pack and after two weeks have a noticeable difference in behavior. Thunderstorms don't seem to bother them and they are less likely to bark at everything including passing leaves as they blow by the window... the house is zen. I think we need to have the human form now for kids and husbands!!!
By Simply P.
Queens, NY
April 15, 2016
My little Westie started to develop anxiety at night time and would start crying. After she was checked out by her vet who assured me everything was alright with her, he suggested I try Adaptil. It is a calming pheromone that is released after you plug it into the wall. There is no odor or aroma; however, only the animal is able to be affected by the product. It worked wonders and she is totally soothed and calmed by the Adaptil. I have a refill handy for when it dissipates.
By Bo
Plantation FL
Review for ADAPTIL Calm Home Diffuser for Dogs (30 Day Starter Kit) 48 ml
April 13, 2016
It really works great, no issues.
It has really calmed the dog.
Mine is frightened of loud noises and storms.
By Rikki
San Mateo, California
Review for ADAPTIL Calm Home Diffuser for Dogs (30 Day Starter Kit) 48 ml
February 24, 2016
I saw no change in the level of my dog's anxiety with the diffuser.
By Paulie's m.
Review for ADAPTIL Calm Home Diffuser for Dogs (30 Day Starter Kit) 48 ml
December 7, 2015
Paulie is a rescue dog with either severe PTSD or neurological damage. The diffuser helps him calm down enough to eat his meals.
By Annie
Gets too hot
November 7, 2015
Not sure if this works at all and it gets too hot. I will not leave it plugged in. Two stars only because my Vet recommended it..
By Sarahfina
Muskegon, MI
It Works!
September 30, 2015
I was surprised to find that this product actually works! It was recommended to me by my vet to stop some weird obsessive behavior. I plugged it in and within just a few days she stopped. Crazy! I would highly recommend this product.
By TxPetLover
Really works!
June 15, 2015
I have a Great Pyrenees puppy who is terrified of everything, including coming inside the house! I bought the Adaptil electric diffuser with the Adaptil oil for 2 locations in our home. After about 24 hours, she voluntarily came into the house and actually laid down. WOW! Whereas before we could not get her to come inside no matter what even if it was pouring rain. It has made a noticeable difference in her behavior when she is indoors. It really works.
By Zinnia
Noticeable Improvement
June 2, 2015
We noticed an improvement in our dog's anxiety level within 2 days of using the diffuser. This product is not meant to eliminate anxiety, but as part of an overall plan to modify the dogs reactions to certain situations. The only complaint is that the diffuser indicates that it lasts approximately 30 days and individual conditions can have an impact on the amount of time until a refill is needed. We had to refill the diffuser in 3 weeks.
By Lolly
Sebastian FL
Adaptil Diffuser
May 11, 2015
I have an older rescue dog who has always had several anxiety issues. We have been using the collars, but since the addition of the diffuser, he has been so much more calm/comfortable, even with family visiting. I am so pleased!
By ksctyval
What a lifesaver!
March 11, 2015
My Toy Fox Terrier puppy had severe separation anxiety when I first brought him home. It was so bad that the first day he was left alone, he threw himself at the door until he broke his leg. We tried Xanax and Prozac, various calming chews and sprays, and nothing worked to calm him. I monitored him by remote camera to see if anything worked, but would see him pacing and barking and basically going crazy. The vet suggested Adaptil by name and I gave it a try. MIRACLE!!!! The very next day there he was on camera... asleep. He's only had one bad day since then, which was my fault because I didn't realize the diffuser was empty. Plugged in a refill and he was peaceful again. This product has restored calm to the house and keeps my little guy safe when I'm away. I will continue to reorder Adaptil again and again.
By Belle
Asheville NC area
February 23, 2015
This is an excellent product for the pets being rescued and in a home maybe for the very first time. My dog "Amazing Gracie" is really, truly responding to this product. She is relaxing and calming beyond my wildest expectations! THANK YOU!
By leabbott
August 14, 2014
AWESOME, it helps all four of my dogs! Before they would jump on me when entering the house and now they calmly greet me. love the stuff!!! Bought the Adaptal because I have two male dogs to try and get them to get along and it helps my one dog that got attacked two years ago. He seems happier in his environment.
By nicky
new zealand
Great product if you get it past customs
June 23, 2014
Use it as my old dog stressed sometimes by new dog. Bought on your site as price is great, however won't buy again as seized at customs in NZ.
By jwlindakay
Hot Springs, Ar.
Didn't Help My Dog
April 11, 2014
While I know this is beneficial to some dogs, it did not do that much for my shy, fearful foster dog. He came from a hoarding situation, totally unsocialized. He also wears an Adaptil collar. Since I bought 3 of them, I am using them up. I would recommend trying it, but don't be surprised if it doesn't help.
By Bee
Review for ADAPTIL Calm Home Diffuser for Dogs (30 Day Starter Kit) 48 ml
March 28, 2014
Unfortunately, this did not work well for our dog.
By DogMom
Dogs are not appeased
January 10, 2014
My dogs seemed just as inclined to tear into my Christmas gifts while the DAP diffuser was plugged in as without it. Maybe some less ornery dogs would react better.
It doesn't have any odor that I could discern, so it didn't bother anyone to have it on. Just didn't seem to do us any good.
By CPatty
Bremerton, WA
Calming Effect
December 26, 2013
I find that keeping an Adaptil diffuser in my living room helps to calm my four dogs. They come in acting pretty wild after a good run in the yard. They settle right down after a couple minutes in the living room.
By WireMom
Good for Anxiety
September 22, 2013
We have used this in the past for thunderstorm/fireworks anxiety with great success. Our vet recently recommended it for our hyper active, jumpy, obsessive dog, and it did nothing. You be the judge!
Santa Cruz
Seems to Work
August 12, 2013
We plug this in when we are out of town. The dogs seem to be relaxed when we get back and get good reports from the pet sitter.
By Harvey
Worth a try!!
May 8, 2013
Wrote my review under the 3 pack refill, but thought people might look here first. This is definitely worth a try. Made a huge difference in my dog and he has gone from 2 anxiety pills a day to 1 because of diffuser. Diffuser ran out and we immediately noticed an increase in anxiety in dog. Would recommend buying 2 diffusers because units do get very hot. I will not run out of this again. Did not seem to effect my other dog, cat or myself (which I wondered about).
By Buckar00
Kansas City, Missouri
Excellent product, excellent price
March 13, 2013
We have a Lhasa Apso/Shih Tzu mix 4 year old (Chewbacca) who has always been very clingy and suffers with separation anxiety frequently.

It was recommended by our Vet to try DAP a few years ago and we have used it ever since. If I do not order it in time we notice a marked change in Chewey's reaction to our being gone. I had to, once, actually purchase a refill bottle at Petco and paid $38 for ONE BOTTLE. Ever since I have ordered through since the price is fantastic, I receive it very quickly, and they are 100% reliable.
By labmom
Might work for some dogs....
January 16, 2013
I wish I could say that this product always works. It certainly did nothing to calm our Lab, a recently adopted dog who is somewhat fearful. Good concept, and it might work for your dog!
By dogmom
The ONLY thing that helped my dog
November 11, 2012
After we moved recently our dogs separation anxiety (that we previously had under control) flared up badly. She was stressed, anxious, panting and destructive whenever we would leave the house. We repeated her training, tried the Thundershirt, and even started her on Prozac...nothing seemed to help. Within a few days of plugging in the diffuser, she was so much calmer and more like her normal self. It was amazing. I was a complete skeptic but for her it made all the difference. The collar works great too! A friends dog who was defecating in the house when they left him (separation anxiety related) stopped as soon as they started using it. I think this is the best product out there!
By Pat
Reynoldsburg OH
Great Purchase
November 9, 2012
Will be buying three more bottles in December. This is a great calming product. It does what it is suppose to do.

Questions and Answers

1 Question & 1 Answer
from Maryland asked:
June 19, 2019
Does it have a scent?

1 Answer
Hi Lori, this provides dog appeasing pheromones almost like the one  that help the pet feel calm and relaxed.
Submitted by: Customer Service on December 5, 2019

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