Comfort Zone® w. D.A.P.® | Review & Giveaway

Do you have a dog or cat that is out of control? Do you love that furry critter, but dread coming home to find whatever mayhem he’s left behind this time? Do you feel like you’ve tried everything, and you’ve given up hope that your fur-baby will ever change? Don’t worry – there’s hope with Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.®!!

Pet behavior problems, such as urine marking in cats and excessive barking or chewing in dogs, are frequently caused by fear or stress. Developed and recommended by veterinarians, Comfort Zone® products are clinically proven* to help control destructive behavior in cats and dogs.

Like all animals, cats and dogs secrete pheromones. Research has shown that certain pheromones can help an animal cope with these fears or stress-related issues. Comfort Zone® products mimic these pheromones to help control your pet’s behavior and make him feel more secure in his environment.

~ From the Comfort Zone® website.

This amazing product uses pheromones – but what is a pheromone?

Pheromones are natural chemicals emitted by animals through their skin and glands that help them to communicate with others of the same species.

In mammals, the vomeronasal organ, a structure close to the nasal passage, receives these pheromone signals. When animals receive pheromone signals, there is an involuntary behavioral effect on those animals. There are many different types of pheromones and different classes have different effects. For instance, some serve social functions among animals, while others serve sexual functions.

Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) products mimic the “appeasing” pheromones secreted by nursing mother dogs, sending a signal of comfort and safety to her puppies.

When your dog or puppy senses the pheromone, he feels secure and comfortable, reducing his fear reactions and his urge to act out destructively through chewing, excessive barking or house soiling.

~ From the Comfort Zone® website.

Comfort Zone® makes a pheromone diffuser for both cats and dogs, but as I am a dog-mama, I received the one for dogs – Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® - for review. My pup is almost two years old, and we share our home with another family who has a 12 year old dog. Both dogs are a bit neurotic, barking at everything and everyone, chewing up kids’ toys, and shredding tissue and papers. My dog, Butters, though housebroken from 9 weeks old, had also taken to defecating on the floor in hidden areas of the house, usually following events he considered stressful. Yuck!

The diffusers work by using a heating element to disperse the pheromone into the air. Once the pheromone is present, the pet breathes it in, and the pheromone attaches to a receptive organ, called the vomeronasal organ located in the nasal cavity. The vomeronasal organ then signals the brain, via nerves, and a sense of well-being is established.

  • Just plug it into the room in which the dog has recently urinated, chewed or displayed other signs of stress, for ’round-the-clock’ control
  • One diffuser bottle lasts 30 days and covers up to 500 – 650 sq. ft.
  • Refills are available wherever Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® products are sold
  • Sprays are available in 75 mL bottles, perfect for traveling.

~ From the Comfort Zone® website.

The Comfort Zone® website has a convenient section detailing common pet problems (like marking territory, destroying things, travel upset, etc), and lists possible causes and solutions to each. This page proved very useful to me, as Butters was almost a year old when he went from a perfectly house trained dog to pooping on everything in sight – what on earth happened?? According to the website, a common cause for out of the norm marking is the arrival or departure of a new resident in your home; we’ve experienced both in the last year and a half. Good to know he hasn’t just lost his marbles!

When we first received our Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® diffuser to review, I was skeptical, but desperate for help – I had to try it out. The instructions say that it can take up to a month before you may see a noticeable difference in your dogs, but we began to see a positive change within three weeks. Both dogs exhibited decreased agitation when people came to the house, and while they still bark at the door when they hear someone coming up the steps, we don’t have to restrain them anymore for fear of them clobbering guests. And while they still wrestle and race around like idiots throughout the day, they also spend more time resting or just hanging out. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen much improvement in the floor-pooping department – Butters won’t go on the main floor (where we have the diffuser plugged in) anymore, but he still leaves “presents” upstairs from time to time. I plan to get a second diffuser for the second story, and I think that should fix the problem. One of the most obvious differences I have seen in pet behavior took place in the older dog, Ty – she is a very nervous little thing, and within two weeks of installing the diffuser, she visibly calmed down!

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Interested in getting your own Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® diffuser? It’s not sold on their website, but you can find it at several major pet supply retailers, including PetSmart and Petco, as well as several independent pet supply retailers. For your convenience, the Comfort Zone® website has a tool for locating a retailer near you!