Comfort Zone® with Adaptil® Products

What are pheromones?

Pheromones are naturally occurring chemical substances secreted by animals to communicate. Pheromones can be secreted from various locations on the body.

What are dog appeasing pheromones?

Comfort Zone® Adaptil® products contain a synthetic version of the natural comforting pheromone released by a mother dog to reassure her puppies. This has been scientifically proven* to help puppies and dogs of all ages with:
• Promote learning during training and socialization
• Help puppies or adult dogs settle in new homes
• Help dogs to cope with challenging situations such as staying in kennels
• Loud noises from fireworks or thunderstorms
• Visiting the vet
• Traveling in vehicles
• Night crying
• Holiday visitors
• New baby

What behaviors will the products reduce or stop?

Comfort Zone® Adaptil® products help reduce stress behavior in dogs such as barking, whining, urination, defecation, chewing, and restlessness. This unique product mimics the pheromone released by the mother dog while nursing. Comfort Zone® Adaptil® products are proven to help reduce your dog’s stress in a variety of environments and situations:

• Being alone in the house
• Visitors to the home
• New pet or family member
• Moving to a new home
• Adjusting to a new environment
• Thunderstorms and fireworks

What behaviors cannot be expected to change?

Dominance and/or aggression behaviors cannot be solved by Comfort Zone® Adaptil® products, which contain an appeasing pheromone for the dog. Comfort Zone® products also do not address communication problems between the owner and the pet. As with any product, there are limitations to the effects. Behavioral conditions can result from many causes, and most behavior problems in dogs require the use of behavior medication. Behaviors other than the unwanted behaviors addressed by the Comfort Zone® products should be attended to by a veterinarian.

How long does the product need to be used until noticeable positive effects are observed?

A: Ideally the product should be used for at least one month.

Once the unwanted behavior stops, can I stop using the Comfort Zone® Diffuser?

No, for best results, treatment should be continues for a minimum of 30 days.

What is the active ingredient?

The active ingredient in Comfort Zone® Adaptil® products is an analogue of the dog appeasing pheromone released by the female while nursing.

What are some helpful tips if no positive changes are observed?

First, make sure the product is plugged in correctly and that the bottle is not empty. If the product has been plugged in for over 30 days and is still full, then the diffuser may not be working. If your pet is still exhibiting unwanted behaviors after 30 days, then consulting your veterinarian is recommended.

What do I do if my pet’s behavior gets worse?

It is very unlikely the Comfort Zone® Adaptil® products will exacerbate any stress behaviors. In such a situation, you may wish to call your veterinarian.

Should both the Comfort Zone® Adaptil® Diffuser and Spray products be used together for better results?

Both the spray and diffuser may be used in combination for best results inside and outside of the home. The diffuser provides long-term, 24-hour control inside the home, while the spray provides short-term control inside or outside the home.

Comfort Zone® Diffuser with Adaptil®

How does the Diffuser Work?

The diffusers work by using a heating element to disperse the pheromone analogue into the environment. Once present, the pet detects the pheromone and it activates a receptive organ, called the vomeronasal organ located in the nasal cavity. The vomeronasal organ then signals the nervous system, via nerves, and a sense of well-being is established.

How do I use the Diffuser?

The Comfort Zone® Diffuser should be placed in the room where the dog spends most of its time or where the unwanted behavior is the greatest. Remove the cap from the bottle. Attach the bottle to the diffuser device and plug the product in. The diffuser should be placed in an outlet that is open to the room. The product should not be placed behind furniture or in an electrical outlet that is near shelves, cabinets or other physical barriers, which may help prevent dispersion of the pheromone. Each diffuser will cover 500 -- 650 square feet. If your pet has access to more than one floor in your home, a diffuser should be used on each floor. Always refer to the package insert for the complete instructions for use.

How often should the product be used?

To modify your pet’s unwanted behavior, use Comfort Zone® products for a minimum of 30 days.

How long will the Comfort Zone® Diffuser last?

It will last for approximately one month.

Should the product be plugged in all day?

Yes, the product is to be used throughout the entire day. Unplugging the device may cause the pet’s unwanted behavior to return and impair functioning of the electric device.

Can I use the diffuser with a cleanser/enzyme?

Yes, you may use cleaning agents, enzymatic cleaners or disinfectants to clean the soiled areas, if any.

Comfort Zone® Spray with Adaptil®

How many applications are in each 60 ml bottle?

Each bottle contains approximately 50 applications, which is based on an average of 8-10 sprays per use.

How long do the effects of one usage last?

Each animal will respond differently, but effects should last approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours.
Where can this product be used?
This product can be sprayed directly on bedding, inside crates or kennels, or in the car 15 minutes prior to introducing the dog to the area. It can also be sprayed on the bandana tied around your dog's neck or on a towel near your dog.

How is the product used?

This product should be used 15 minutes prior to desired effects. Spray 8-10 pumps in the general area where the dog will be residing in the environment (car, carrier, etc.). Always refer to the package insert for complete instructions for use.

What if a Comfort Zone® Feliway® Diffuser and a Comfort Zone® Adaptil® Diffuser are used in the same home? Will the different pheromones interfere with each other?

No, both pheromone products can be used at the same time without problems. The pheromone used in the Comfort Zone® Feliway® products is specific to cats and the pheromone used in the Comfort Zone® Adaptil® products is specific to dogs and, therefore, they will not cross-react with other animals.

Comfort Zone® Collar with Adaptil®

When the collar comes into contact with the dog’s skin, the dog’s body temperature warms the collar and promotes the diffusion of the pheromone into the local environment. Therefore, the collar should be fitted snugly on the dog’s neck to ensure proper contact - with no more than a two finger width between the neck and the collar.

How quickly does the collar start to diffuse once on a dog?

The collar begins diffusing the pheromone immediately upon being fitted to your dog. Be sure to adjust the collar properly, and check regularly to ensure a proper fit (in particular with growing puppies). The most common reason collar users see a decrease in efficacy is that the collar is too loose and is not being warmed enough by the dog’s body heat.

How long does the collar last?

The collar is effective for four weeks when used as directed.  Please mark your calendar to remind you to replace the collar after four weeks.

Can I use the Comfort Zone® Adaptil® collar together with other collars or bandanas?

Yes other collars will not impair the effectiveness of the Comfort Zone® Adaptil® Collar, however it is important to ensure that the Comfort Zone® Collar remains in close contact with the skin. If the collar is not in continuous contact with the dog’s skin, the release of the pheromone may be compromised and the positive effect on your dog reduced.

Is the Comfort Zone® Adaptil® Collar a quick-release design?

No, however, if significant tension was applied to the collar the buckle would not hold, and the collar would fall off. For this reason, a leash should never be affixed to the Comfort Zone® Adaptil® Collar.