Lately I have been having a feeding problem with Plunger. It seems the older he gets the less patience he has. He doesn’t want to wait patiently to be fed like the Newfs. As soon as he hears the food bowls come out he wants his food and he wants it now!
Feeding the dogs for me takes time. I have three dogs and five bowls. I have to prepare their food making sure each dog’s food is at the right temperature and mixed properly. Each dog gets different things added to their food and all of this preparation takes time.
Plunger doesn’t think he has time when it comes to eating. He has always been a little on the “food aggressive” side and we have never been able to break him of this. The dog will howl and howl until I give him his food and it’s quite annoying to have a howling Beagle behind you when you are trying to make sure everyone’s food is prepared properly and this bothers me because I try and keep feeding time nice and relaxed.
To add to the chaos Plunger has recently started to jump on me as I begin to pass out the bowls. Plunger is the last one to get his food because that is just the way the rotation goes and he will follow me around jumping on my legs until I put his bowl down.
It’s annoying to say the least, especially early in the morning.
So when I was asked to try out the Sentry Calming Collar for dogs I took my chances to see if this could help our situation.
About the Sentry Calming Collar:
Sentry states that the collar helps dogs in fearful or stressful situations (separation anxiety, fireworks, thunderstorms, visitors, new baby, traveling, pulling on leash, whining, chewing, aggression, incessant barking). The collar mimics pheromones that mother dogs produce to calm and reassure her puppies and will release pheromones for up to 30 days and is non-toxic.
Pros: I tried the collar out on Plunger for two weeks and found that while I didn’t see a complete change in his behavior at feeding time, he did stop jumping on me. The lavender chamomile fragrance of the collar was strong at first but over time seemed nice and refreshing. The collar is big, big enough to fit around Sherman and Leroy’s neck and can be trimmed with scissors to fit most sized dogs. According to Sentry, the collar can be used without long term side effects for dogs of all ages. The collar, while not intended to be edible, is safe if accidentally or purposely consumed, but keep in mind that this is plastic and plastic can cause an intestinal blockage if large pieces are eaten. Just ask Leroy who ate part of the first collar we were sent to review. (he’s fine and didn’t suffer any ill side effects besides dealing with the likes of me)
Cons: The collar has a powder coating on it that is very messy when you first take it out of the package. The collar “is designed to release powder when applied, which will activate the pheromone technology.” I personally didn’t like the powder all over my floor or my hands but it washed off easily.
My conclusion: Nice, safe calming product except for the mess that it initially creates and given more time it may have conquered more of our feeding time issues.
The Sentry Calming Collar is available at pet specialty retail stores, such as PetSmart and Petco, as well as online from a variety of retailers. Retail prices vary, but the collar is generally available in the affordable $15-20 range. There is also an online coupon available at http://www.sentrypetcare.com/goodbehavior.
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***Disclosure*** I was sent two Sentry Calming Collars from my honest review of this product. All opinions expressed here and mine and mine only.