Comfort Zone for Dogs

by Keri K. on August 31, 2011

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Comfort Zone to Calm Dogs

Excessive barking, inappropriate elimination, or even destructive chewing, scratching, or aggression can be a sign that your dog is stressed. Common stressors for dogs are:

  • Travel
  • New Visitors
  • Separation from you
  • Loud noises like thunder or fireworks
  • Change in the family/house


Comfort Zone with D.A.P (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) helps curb bad behaviors borne of stress. The ingredients in Comfort Zone mimic the pheromones a mother dog produces to calm and reassure her puppies. Dogs can respond to this calming effect throughout their entire lives. Calming pheromones in Comfort Zone communicate a reassuring message, thereby reducing or eliminating inappropriate behavior.

Comfort ZoneComfort Zone with DAP

The Comfort Zone Plug-In diffuser delivers the pheromone 24 hours a day for approximately four weeks. It continuously releases the active ingredient into the dog’s environment and allows trouble-free treatment in a 650-square-foot area. Comfort Zone spray is good for temporarily stressful situations such as travel, veterinary visits, thunderstorms, and crate training.


Personal Experiences of Using Feliway to Help Stop Dog Behavioral Issues

  • Keri: My husband and I often allow our two Chinese Cresteds to sleep on the bed with us, because they lovecomfortzone to snuggle and are extremely well behaved all night. However, it’s important to us that both JP and Mo stay acquainted with their crate for the occasions we travel with them, or when they need to stay overnight at “grandma’s.” JP has perfect crate manners, but we think Mo previously had bad experiences being left alone in a crate too long, and we’ve had to do a lot of work to reduce his anxiety over it.Usually being sent into the crate at bedtime means deep sighs, one or two whines, and a lot of emphatic rearranging of blankets from Mo before he settles down beside JP and falls asleep. Recently, however, Mo’s behavior regressed to loud crying, trembling, and rattling the crate door long after he should be dreaming. It was troubling JP and keeping all of us awake.  We went back to crate training basics for a few days, with lots of praise and treats and short trips inside with the door closed, but Mo wasn’t responding as well he had before. Then, when I was pulling all their bedding out for laundry day, I realized that the Comfort Zone Plug-In hidden behind their crate was empty, and must have been for over a week.I brought home a refill the next day, and kept trying to make the crate a happy place. Within two nights Mo was back to his usual routine of a brief “poor me” show (he truly has a flair for the dramatic) before promptly passing out and sleeping soundly through the night. In fact, he and JP won’t even glance up in the morning when I get out of bed, and stay sleeping peacefully until my husband comes to open the crate door later. I really think the Comfort Zone close by is the little extra that Mo needs to relax, remember all of our training, and deal with the situation instead of working himself into a panic.
  • Claire: As my friend just adopted a 9-year-old dog, Sierra, I thought perhaps that a Comfort Zone plug-in may offer some relief for the dog’s anxiety. When Sierra is home alone, things can get a little crazy. They placed a Comfort Zone diffuser in their kitchen, which is where they keep Sierra when they are not home. They started using the diffuser on Wednesday, and Sierra started to show a difference in behavior quickly. Sierra wasn’t following them around as much from room to room, and also has stopped whining when left in the kitchen while they are not in the house. Sierra had figured out how to open the gate they have in place to keep the kids out of the kitchen and the dog in the kitchen. On Saturday, when Sierra was left alone, she didn’t break through the gate as she normally would. I noticed that Sierra seems a lot more relaxed when I come over. She isn’t constantly walking around checking out everything, but rather lying down and relaxing when everyone is busy doing something. It’s a definite relief to have found something to help make a new addition to the family feel more at home.

(CLOSED:) Enter our Comfort Zone Giveaway*: We are giving away 10 FREE Comfort Zone With D.A.P. (for dogs) products!

  • 5 Comfort Zone Plug-Ins (5 different winners)
  • 5 Sprays (5 different winners)

For a chance to win one item:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling us why your dog needs Comfort Zone.
  2. BE SURE TO SPECIFY if you want the plug-in OR the spray. (In your comment, you must pick only one, and specify which one.)

Ten lucky winners will be selected on September 1, 2011 at Noon CST.


* One entry per person. No purchase is necessary to participate. You should be a legal resident of the United States and 18 years or older. Void where prohibited. Shipping to winner will be supplied by Drs. Foster and Smith. Ten lucky winners will be chosen at Noon CST on September 1, 2011. Winner will be announced on www.dfs-pet-blog.com/2011/08/comfort-zone-for-dogs/. Sponsor: Foster & Smith, Inc., P.O. Box 100, Rhinelander, WI 54501-0100. Employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter. Winner will be notified by email, and must reply with their shipping information within 7 days. Failure to reply within the 7 days will forfeit your prize.


Keri is a lead catalog designer for Drs. Foster and Smith and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UW-Stout. She shares a small home with her husband, two Chinese Crested dogs, two cats, two ferrets, several reptiles and amphibians, and 30-some gallons of freshwater planted aquariums. See more articles by Keri K.

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Rosemary August 31, 2011 at 9:43 am

My 11 year old Rat Terrier, Lucky, has always had separation issues. He was fished out of a storm sewer as a 6 -8 week old puppy, and it has left its mark. He is better than he was even a few years ago, but still doesn’t like to be left alone (that’s why he went missing for 6 hours in California!), although though he seems fairly resigned to it at home.

I would like to try the spray, because I am taking both dogs to a group of Obedience/Rally trials in October, and he doesn’t like being in a crate, which he will need to be at the trials. Also, it might help Ilka calm down and not be so nervous in the ring.

Lucky actually bent and broke some of the wires on the door of his previous crate. I just bought him another crate, and it has heavier gage wire than his last one (now with a patched door, is used to hold cats, mainly). Even though his new crate is smaller than Ilka’s, it weighs just as much, if not a bit more. We decided to go ahead and get him a new one because we may need it if we get another hurricane. We evacuate all the way to Colorado (my husband has family there), and some motels require all pets in the room to be crated. Now, I need to start crate training him all over again :) , because it’s been years since he’s been crated, except at the vet’s.

Dayna K. August 31, 2011 at 9:58 am

I’d like to win the Comfort Zone Spray because my dog isn’t very comfortable while traveling and this would be nice to have. This would make him feel less stressed and at ease while taking trips.
Thank you!

Ashley August 31, 2011 at 10:07 am

He has bad anxiety especially riding in the car even if it is a short ride. His whole body shakes and he whines. Would like to try the spray to see if it helps calm him so he can go for more enjoyable car rides.

megan August 31, 2011 at 10:07 am

my yorkie poo charlie is the sweetest thing but her “scaredy cat” tendencies have really started to become a problem. she never seems to relax. the only time she seems to be calm is when she is wedged in between me and the couch arm or when she is hiding under the couch. whenever someone comes over it is constant cowering and shaking. its even worse when my boyfriend is here… she wont have anything to do with him. her body turns hard as a rock and she looks petrified. it took a turn for worse this past weekend when he tried to take her out (since i wasnt home) and she ended up running off. luckily i found her but it ended up to a trip to the emergency room because she had run into something and messed her eye up.
she is completely antisocial and its almost impossible to have her around other animals. (not just dogs, she screams when she is around my neighbors cat. yes, screams) ive tried everything and at this point i just dont know what to do. i would really love to try the spray so that it is portable and i am able to take it with me and have it available in different situations.

Truman Tinsley August 31, 2011 at 10:09 am

I would like a Comfort Zone for my Min-Pins as one is totally blind and the other is on Novox for a arthritic joint condition… I will do anything to make them more comfortable. Thanks is advance.

Karen August 31, 2011 at 10:12 am

I have a 2 1/2 year old Chow that has been chewing and scratching himself raw. We have tried several things to try to eliminate the cause and as of yet have not been able to cure him of this destructive behavior. Nights are the worse, no one gets any sleep.

I wish that I could take that the horrible cone off from around his neck but I know that as soon as I take it off he is right on himself, have tried it many times. He has gotten to where he can get to his tail and back legs even with the collar..

He is not left alone, as I am here with him. I believe he is feeling the stress coming from us trying to deal with these economic hard times we are going through. So I would love to try the spray to see what this product can do with his behavior. I am hoping it will help where other products, ideas and things I have used/tried have not.

Manuel Contreras Jr. August 31, 2011 at 10:13 am

We have a labrador retriever that was never a problem at a hotel when she was a puppy. We took her on a mini vacation with us to corpus christi, which is 150 miles away from us. Well we figured she would be okay while we took off to eat breakfast. When we came back she had chewed the bathroom floor and door up. I’m afraid trying a kennel will be as bad. Maybe the plug in will help with the stress of travel?

Nicole Pappas August 31, 2011 at 10:13 am

I constantly am having new foster dogs through the house for the organization I volunteer with. Many of them have been torn away from the family they loved, spent a week in a concrete cage at the (very loud) city kennels, been taken to be spayed or beuterd, and then again find themselves in a new location when sent to stay with me. Needless to say these dogs are often very stressed when they arrive and also often suffer from severe seperation anxiety. I think the Comfort Zone Spray would help take the edge off until they can adjust to their new environment and make the transition period easier for everyone. If I find the product works I will not hesitate to recommend it to potential adoptive families.
I also have a senior chow of my own who often finds having a new puppy in the house a bit overwhelming and I would love to make things easier for him as well

Cynthia G. August 31, 2011 at 10:15 am

I adopted my fabulous 3 1/2 year old golden a year ago this past Monday. She’s the sweetest little girl in the world and is so wonderful with my cats and kids who visit. I couldn’t ask for a better baby. My Evie does, however, have a host of anxiety issues. I’m her 3rd home, so she has separation anxiety. We’ve made significant progress, but various events can cause set-backs. She also developed a fear of bedtime several weeks ago and has a really hard time settling down at night. We have a Comfort Zone plug-in, but I think the bedroom is just too big a space for it to really help her. She’s having an especially hard time right now because I’m getting ready to move. Both of her previous families gave her away when they were moving, so boxes being packed, furniture being sold and removed from the house, and other moving prep activities are really stressing her out. I know she’s convinced that I’m going to leave her like her other families did. That’s never going to happen, but she doesn’t fully believe that yet. Some Comfort Zone spray would really help in making our new space Evie-friendly. I’m also thinking that spraying down our bedding would help her settle in and be able to rest without the 1-2 hours of panic each night. We also have another big change coming a few months after our big move. I’m pregnant, so Evie will have a new baby sister at the end of January. I know she’s going to love the baby, but she gets jealous and anxious when my attention is on anyone but her. I’m thinking that if I spray the baby’s bedding, seat, etc. before she arrives, it could smooth the transition. I love my girl, and I’ll do anything for her. She really is the sweetest dog. When she does finally settle down at night, she sleeps with her head on my shoulder or on the pillow beside me. I couldn’t have asked for a better match, even if she is a bed hog.

S. Goodson August 31, 2011 at 10:18 am

My dog Lizzie travels often in the car to dock jumping events. After years of no issues, she has developed travel anxiety. She will pant for hours despite all the things I have tried. I would really love to try the Comfort Zone spray and give us both some relief. Lizzie loves dock jumping and has been starring at it for years so quitting is not an option. She is now a Veteran at 8 years of age but healthy and a great athlete. Please help Lizzie with your spray!! Thanks

Jill Butler August 31, 2011 at 10:34 am

I think I have tried almost everything to get my dog to ride in the car w/o vomiting, diarrhea/ crying. This has been going on since we got him at 10 weeks We have used the F&S ultra calm, bonine,dramamine, ginger, air, music even the 10 step method sitting in car, pulling out slowly, short drives. I would love to take him places, but it causes me anxiety just to think of having to clean up after him on the other end. Please send us a comfort zone, and maybe a traquilizer for me : )

Linda De Rose August 31, 2011 at 10:34 am

I would love to win the Comfort Zone Spray. My 6 year old Shep/Lab mix Bosco. She is so nervous during Thunder storms that she won’t eat, and gets herself sick when she does. She hids under the bed during a storm and is constantly cowering and shaking. She also is scratching her ears till they bleed. I can’t keep taking her to the Vet every month, I just can’t afford it. It breaks my heart that she suffers so, since we live in Florida and have these storms almost everyday (esp during the summer months) I’m very worried she will make herself very ill. I’m hopful this may not only help her with the fear of the storms but may even help with her with her fear of the pool. Thank-you!

Martha August 31, 2011 at 10:39 am

I’d like to try the Comfort Zone plug-in for our 1 1/2 year rat/Jack Russell terrier mix. She is a rescue, and is very possessive of us to the point where she goes crazy barking and actually jumping up and down on her hind legs when someone leaves the room. I think this would help alleviate both her stress — and ours.

Stacey Carson August 31, 2011 at 10:45 am

I would love to try this item. I’ve been looking at it for awhile but have not had the funds to try something new. We’ve always had foster dogs in and out of our home and I think that has caused the issues in one of the permanent dogs. We’ve even stopped fostering due to his aggression and stress. He has twice been hospitalized (he’s 25 pounds) because he attacks the other dogs in the house if they step too close or startle him. He seems to live in a constant state of anxiety these days. We’ve tried OTC pills that say they will help calm a dog but they do not work and the prescription ones we tried after the last incident made him a zombie. Maybe this would help. He’s a great dog – one on one but I’d love to have calm back in our home.

Stacey Carson August 31, 2011 at 10:47 am

Oh & my great apologies…I think we’d be best with plug ins. If it helps him it will definately help the other 6! LOL And if it works in the main room then we will definately have to look into some for the bedrooms.

Amy Stong August 31, 2011 at 10:48 am

My German Shepherd “Midget” needs Comfort Zone because she barks excessively! Midget and Micki (my husband’s Austrailian Shepherd) both suffer from anxiety when there are thunderstorms in our area and when they hear fireworks being set off in the area! We live in a rural area and they also suffer from anxiety during hunting season especially when the hunters fire their guns especially when they are close to our home! I would like the spray bottle of “Comfort Zone for dogs”!

Nancy Amos August 31, 2011 at 10:50 am

I would like the Comfort Zone Spray because my retired racing Greyhound isn’t very comfortable while in the car. She gets so afraid that she vomits. Because of her previous life, she had to learn about everything that other dogs learn as puppies. She didn’t understand her reflection, how to climb stairs, how to walk on carpet,tile, and the opening of doors. She had to learn how to get into the car and once in, learn to lay down. In no time she had learned all of the above. The only problem is getting her to relax in the car and not vomit. I want her to have a great life like other dogs now that we adopted her & she is off the track. I would love for it to be more pleasant for her & me too. I want to take her places and show her things that she never knew existed. Thank you so much!

Jennifer West August 31, 2011 at 10:55 am

I would like this for my 2 border collies who have issues with thunderstorms, fireworks, loud noises, and farm equipment noises. It would be nice to see them calm and not have any anxiety during these times instead of trying to dig in the house. Having the plug-in would be perfect, so I could plug it in during the day when they are calling for bad weather and they won’t have so much anxiety.

Jessica August 31, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I would like to try the comfort zone plug-in. My shih-tzu is 8 years old and never had accidents. I was able to leave her alone, crate-free when we left for a few hours, but now, we have to crate her because she is having accidents all over the apt… all of a sudden. She gets upset when we leave her. If this comfort zone plug-in works, then it could be the best thing ever! I am eager to try it!!

Thank you,
Jessica

Lottie Connor August 31, 2011 at 12:50 pm

In a few weeks my daughter and son in law are returning from Germany with their 2 year old German Shepherd to live with us. We have 2 Borzoi and I would love to have a “Comfort Zone” plug in to ease the transition for all 3 dogs. My daughter and son in law have had great success with “Comfort Zone” with their German Shepherd and his seperation anxiety issues.
Thank you so much for your consideration.

Jill Butler August 31, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I forgot to mention in my post I would like the spray. I posted at 10:34 AM 8/31

deb freitag August 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Love the plug in, because it works.

Cheri August 31, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Our husky/collie mix, Ginger, came to us from a rescue where she’d spent five years of her life. She has anxiety when there are thunderstorms. Try as we might, we haven’t been able to find the “magic bullet” and would love some help finding the right thing to soothe her during the storms. I think the plug-in unit would be the best thing for us to try next as we have tried several other things.

Lena A Solomon August 31, 2011 at 9:17 pm

My Sammy has always been a little anxious with travel but has gotten a lot better with the car, but when we started camping his anxiety flared up again and the plug in comfort zone would work wonders! Being left alone he is fine but in the camper he wines and barks, when we’re driving he drools and shivers! The vet told me to give him medications to help calm his nerves but I really don’t like the idea of medications he would have to be on everyday, so we settled on benadryl but it has repeat doses when needed but comfort zone would be easier on everybody! Just plug it in and “forget” it!! And best part…Sammy wouldn’t have to get pilled!

Tiffany Trepanier September 1, 2011 at 9:08 am

I have two dogs that would benefit from this. My first is a Pomeranian named Tank. He came from a house with 9 other Poms when he was just over a year old. We rescued him and when we got him home, we realized he had a few issues. He didn’t know how to go to the bathroom outside at all and has seperation anxiety to the extreme. We got the first probably mostly taken care of and he has settled down. He loves his crate as he seems to feel safe, but the minute the door closes when I leave for work he starts barking. I have no idea how long it goes on for.

The other dog is Sydney, a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix. We got her when she was 12 weeks old. She spent the first 12 weeks of her life in a barn with hardly any human contact. She is constantly a nervous wreck. If she isn’t hanging out in her crate, she’s hiding under the bed. She is especially worked up during thunderstorms. During them, she’s been known to chew everything in site, something she doesn’t do while on a calm day. I think this would be perfect for both of them!

Sara September 1, 2011 at 9:17 am

I would love to win the spray. I have a rescue Chihuahua/Rat Terrier who has extreme anxiety in certain situations that are out of his normal routine. Vet visits are extremely traumatic for both of us because he gets so worked up. I can’t bring him with me to celebrate holidays because of all the people around making him nervous. I’d love to see if this spray would help him without having to go to prescription Xanax, which the vet is saying is probably his only hope. Thanks so much!

Christin McDowell September 1, 2011 at 9:21 am

My little Jack Russell, Buckley, has recently had major dental surgery and had a mass removed from his mouth. He already suffers from extreme anxiety, and this procedure has put him under even more stress. Comfort Zone would certainly help him with his recovery and general anxiety! We appreciate your consideration!

Jeanne Sherrod September 1, 2011 at 9:22 am

I like the idea of this for our two chihuahuas when we travel in our RV. They are tense on every camping trip. Ohso hides under the covers of the bed and Fonzie hides under the dinette table. We have to turn the radio or tv up so they don’t hear whats going on in the sites next to us. They don’t bark, they just never relax and enjoy the trip. I think this would help all of us enjoy the trip more. We couldn’t go without them they are family.

Kim Bucklin September 1, 2011 at 9:28 am

Our sweet dog, Cody is so afraid of thunder and lightening, the plug in would definitly help him to deal with this. Also Cody is well behaved accept when we have guests. When people come in and we start to visit, Cody believes the attention has been taken off of him and will grab a toy and destroy it!!! We try to watch for this, but after we let our guard down, another toy is destroyed. The plug in would be plugged in right by his basket of toys…

Meaghan austin September 1, 2011 at 9:39 am

My dog has horrible separation anxiety and paces the house crying the entire time he is left alone. This could be a huge help so I am able to feel at ease when having to leave him for a few hours

Charlene Fletcher September 1, 2011 at 9:41 am

I would love to try Comfort Zone spray for my rescue dog Dalton. He is extremely frightened of people and the vet suggested I enroll him in dog obedience classes to build up his confidence but I know he will be terrified being around a bunch of other people and maybe this would relax him enough to do the classes.

Meaghan austin September 1, 2011 at 9:45 am

Oh, the spray might be nice. I would accept either though!

sandy j September 1, 2011 at 9:45 am

i would love to try the spray,since my dog gets very excited when people come to visit, or even ring the doorbell. she is very protective of my kids, in a loud barking manner,only. she is very friendly at least, just too friendly sometimes,but loud.

Meaghan austin September 1, 2011 at 9:46 am

My dog has horrible separation anxiety and paces the house crying the entire time he is left alone. This could be a huge help so I am able to feel at ease when having to leave him for a few hours. The spray would be nice but I would love to try either!

Michelle Spayde September 1, 2011 at 9:49 am

I would LOVE to try the plug in for my highly strung Pomeranian, Sarah.

I adopted Sarah last year after her rescue from the puppy mill she was born at and kept for “breeding stock”. Thankfully Sarah has bonded with me, but after five years of neglect and abuse, she is irreparably “damaged” emotionally, and has more fears than I can even list. For example, Sarah is petrified of the refrigerator! Thunder storms (we’re in FL) are the worst! She also becomes very upset when I have to leave her.

While we’ve made slow and steady progress over the past year, I’d love to be able to reduce my little girl’s anxiety without having to medicate her. I’ll bet that it wouldn’t hurt to have it around for my neurotic cats as well! :-)

Rebecca September 1, 2011 at 9:55 am

My miniature spitz could really use the comfort zone because she is fearful all the time. We rescued her from a puppy mill when she was four months old and although we don’t know specifically what she went through there to cause her anxiety problem, it certainly made its mark on her life. You can see in her eyes that she always is afraid that something terrible is going to happen to her. She was improving somewhat, but this summer she has regressed a good bit in her behavior — hiding in the home office and being afraid to go outside by herself. And don’t even ask about grooming her. She almost has a panic attack when we trim her a little bit. She is very intelligent but our veterinarian says that she is similar to a person with anxiety disorder, than her learning is greatly hindered by her fearfullness. The poor dog doesn’t even really know how to play! Our Pekingese tries to get her to play and she just doesn’t know how to respond. We feel so sorry for her. In the light of her recent behavior, we are considering asking our vet for some clomicalm or something similar, but I really don’t want her to have to take those drugs as they can have side-effects. I am thinking of trying an organic remedy first and comfort zone sounds like it might be something that could help her.

Amy September 1, 2011 at 10:16 am

Would love the plug-in, as I currently have two foster dogs who are essentially feral. Anything to help them adjust would be great.

Sheryl Jones September 1, 2011 at 10:47 am

My 3 year old English Shepherd, Megan, is often restless at night she cries and paces. I think the comfort zone may be the thing to calm her down.

Barb September 1, 2011 at 11:58 am

I need the plug in! I’m a mobile groomer and would use it in my truck for dogs that aren’t ‘comfortable’ with the grooming process – a great asset for my business! Fortunately it doesn’t happen often as most of my dogs are SO happy to see me when I show up!!

Ellen B. September 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm

So many stories, we wish the best to all of you in your struggles with your pups. They all obviously have fantastic, caring owners. Thank you all for sharing. The winners of the Comfort Zone Plug-In are: Martha, Stacey Carson, Jessica, Michelle Spayde and Amy. The winners of the Comfort Zone Spray are: Karen, Cynthia G., S. Goodson, Linda De Rose and Amy Stong. Congratulations to the winners, I will email you each to get your shipping information.

Heather March 15, 2012 at 9:40 am

Might have to try this for my lab who goes crazy when we crate him and leave! Thank you – #CELEBRATE

Kate Volz April 21, 2012 at 11:13 am

I’m so glad I came across this post. My vet had suggested a DAP collar for my older dog. She’s usually very calm and well behaved. But she gets extremely anxious and worked up when going to the vet, groomer, and during thunderstorms. I didn’t really want to get the collar because i read that it takes time for the body to absorb the pheromones and dogs have to continually wear the collar. Cheyenne doesn’t need it continuously- in fact I don’t want to decrease her energy level any more than it is! I’m glad to know there are sprays and plug-ins too. I’ll defiantly try those for our situational anxiety.
I wish I had known about the diffuser giveaway… but I do want to enter the odds n’ ends giveaway: #PETS . I would love to win the Large Busy Buddy Bristle Bone- toys like this sometimes distract her during storms at least, and it could certainly help her teeth!

Pamper Your Pet Properly July 4, 2014 at 7:07 am

I would like to try comfort Zone with D.A.P and i hope it would certainly help for his bad behaviors.

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