Adaptil Collar for Dogs

What to Know About Adaptil (Formerly DAP, or Dog Appeasing Pheromone)

Adaptil Collar
Adaptil Collar. Image courtesy of PriceGrabber

The Bottom Line

The Adpatil (formerly called DAP) collar was definitely worth it for my dog. Adaptil is something to consider for a variety of canine behavior problems, including noise phobias, separation anxiety, territorial behaviors, new people or pets, car travel anxiety, and any time there are "unpredictable" events that your dog may react to.

I want to note that as with any behavior modification, it isn't overnight and it isn't always a 100% change.

Sophie will still startle with a loud noise, especially if the windows are open or we are outside. Remembering to not to make a big deal out of the noise helps reassure her too.

Related: Adaptil Spray Review

The Pros

  • It was a marked overall improvement for reducing my dog's noise phobias
  • It also helped with separation anxiety (used Adaptil spray for added benefit)
  • My dog is better able to calm herself, instead of ramping up, after a loud noise
  • Easy to use, non-toxic, no side effects

The Cons

  • The collar lasts 4 weeks, so that should be figured into collar cost
  • The collar buckle was a little difficult to adjust


  • Pheromones released during lactation give puppies a sense of well-being and reassurance, known as appeasing pheromones.
  • Adaptil is a synthetic version of this pheromone, called Dog Appeasing Pheromone.
  • The pheromones are embedded in the plastic collar. The dog's body heat helps emit the odorless pheromone from the collar.
  • Collar size is adjustable with a small plastic buckle.
  • After fitting the collar comfortably around your dog's neck, trim off the excess.
  • The collar will not work when it is wet. In windy conditions, it is less effective.

Review - Adaptil (DAP, Dog Appeasing Pheromone) Calming Collar for Dogs

I tried the Adaptil collar on my own dog, Sophie.

Pheromones, released during lactation, give puppies a sense of well-being and reassurance. These are known as appeasing pheromones. Adaptil is a synthetic version, mimicking the pheromones released by the mother. Adaptil is odorless and species-specific: it does not have any effect on cats, humans or other animals. (But many species have their own appeasing pheromones.)

I adopted Sophie from a shelter in 2002. She was approximately 6 months old at the time. She loves people and is generally a calm dog. She is well-behaved. Except when there are loud noises. Then she is trembling, panting, hiding in small spaces. We also deal with mild separation anxiety issues.

I put the collar on 3 days before the 4th of July. I didn't do anything else different this year. A few days before the 4th, fireworks started. With the windows closed and TV on, Sophie was asleep on the floor. As the fireworks increased in frequency and noise, I braced myself. She sighed a deep breath. She occasionally lifted an eyelid for really loud bangs.

This was not my dog. So calm. Was she sick? I actually removed the collar to assess her. She seemed fine. Then I took her outside for a quick walk, she was her old self - freaked out, didn't want to do her business, wanted back inside, now.

A week later, we had a 2-hour thunderstorm. Sophie alerted me in the early dawn, a little nervous. I closed the windows and ignored her anxious behavior. Within minutes, she was calm and asleep again. Another first.

The separation anxiety piece wasn't as dramatic, but a marked improvement with time. For this, I used her collar and the Adaptil spray in her crate, with a Kong toy. After a few trials, she is now calm in her crate, no whining. Sophie is a mild noise phobia case at this writing, and Adaptil is effective for her. Adaptil may also be used safely in conjunction with other therapies.

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Please note: this article has been provided for informational purposes only. If your pet is showing any signs of illness, please consult a veterinarian as quickly as possible.