Dog appeasing pheromone

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Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) is a chemical developed to calm dogs suffering from separation anxiety disorder, astraphobia (fear of thunder and lightning), fear of fireworks, or those with excessive barking problems.

The chemical is a synthetic analogue of a hormone produced by nursing canine mothers that is seen as 'promoting calm and secure behaviour and in establishing a bond with the mother.'[1]

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A randomized clinical study published in 2008 examined the effects of DAP on puppies enrolled in socialization classes.[2] The study found that puppies receiving the hormone exhibited less anxiety and more positive interactions with other puppies than those receiving placebos.[2] A double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in 2007 analyzed its effects on newly adopted puppies aged 6 to 10 weeks; it found that DAP treatment induced a statistically significant reduction in crying among gun dogs only, and did not influence soiling.[3]

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