This is the first part of a 6 week review on the Beaphar calming collar for dogs. I have been wanting to try out some calming products for dogs for a while now as my dog Ella is an excessive barker and gets very stressed about any change in the house. As you can imagine our pet hotel has a lot of coming and going.
I decided to start with the calming collar for a few reasons:
Beaphar calming collar for dogs effectively reduces problem behaviour arising from stressful situations in dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages.
Using safe and natural ingredients that are slowly realsed over a period of 4-5 weeks it leaves the dog feeling calm, settled and relaxed, reducing potentially destructive problem behaviour. When dogs are more secure in their environment they are more relaxed thus making them better house companions. keeping dogs stress free will help to prevent excessive barking, chewing, inappropriate urination and can be essential in dogs that suffer separation anxiety.
Contains Valerian and lavender which are often used in human healthcare to manage stress and anxiety and have been proven to help reduce excessive barking, chewing, scent marking and other undesirable behaviours. This collar is long acting so is perfect for reducing anxiety during the introduction of new additions to the household, frequent travel or the vet/kennel stays and for use during the party season when there may be fireworks or lots of guests in the home.Once fitted, Valerian will be realsed immediately and the dog will begin to relax within approximately one hour.
Directions for use, as it appears on the box:
Do not open the sachet until you are ready to use the collar.
Fasten the collar ensuring a comfortable fit so that two fingers can be inserted between the collar and neck. If fitted to a growing dog remember to loosen the collar regularly. Cut off any excess collar and dispose of with the household rubbish.
For the collar to stay effective it is important it remains next to the skin and does not get covered by any other collar the dog may be wearing.
If the collar gets wet, it will continue to be effective once it has dried.
If you want to wash your your dog with shampoo, it is best to remove the collar and replace when the dog is dry.
Do not use on damaged or broken skin.
Week 2 update
So we've been using the calming collar for 2 weeks now. Two or three nights a week my mum takes the dogs with her to stay at my nans house. During the first week she noted a noticeable improvement in her behaviour regarding her barking.
Now don't get me wrong she does still bark but now it's for an identifiable reason.
This product has been really tested as we have had a lot of changes at home at the moment, with my brothers dog who also has two pups staying with us. Ella really doesn't like change and seems terrified of the puppies.
She also received a bite to the nose over a ball which left her feeling very sorry for herself!
We pushed it even further when we entered a community dog show for the first time.
We took all 3 dogs and entered Ella into best veteran and best trick. No luck in the veteran class she spent the whole time making her stress wine noise and a fair bit of barking. There were also 24 of us in the group! But later on in the best trick class there was only 4 of us and I was pretty sure we weren't going to get anything the other dogs were all really great, one was 14 and the other 2 were 7 and 8 so there were no young dogs. Ella did a great job balancing on her back feet holding a treat on her nose! It took a really long time for the judge to choose and we even had to do a second trick, luckily Ella can jump on command!
So I was looking for some where not too far away to take my nephew for his birthday. He is only just a year old and my first 2 choices of Bocketts farm and the sealife center were already picked by other family members. Having not had any little ones in family for a while I puzzled to find something that we might all enjoy for the day.
Drusillas park in East Sussex seemed to be a good choice and was only £35 for two adults when you booked online (children under 2 go for free).
Drusillas has several animal exhibits and walk through attractions as well as kids rides and play areas. I was also pleased to see open picnic areas with plenty of seating and lots of bins, including recycling bins!
I know that recycling bins might not seem important on a day out but anyone who has ever spoken to me will know that I do get my knickers in twist if I can put something in the correct bin and I have been know to carry empty packets and cans in bag until I get home.
There was plenty of parking and no que to get in but as soon as your through the gate your straight in the exhibit and as we went on a Saturday it was very busy with lots and lots of children and almost as many pushchairs. Now having just got through the gate we wanted to get our barrings and decide where to go but that wasn't really possible as everyone else seemed to think the same thing but no one was really going any where. I wasn't even able to look at any of the exhibits on the way in as I was busy trying to make sure I didn't run over the children who were standing in the way with the push chair.
It's important to remember that this is not a big park and it was easily manageable to get around, even if you have little legs. I do think it was good value for money and it was great to be able to buy online before hand, however there were some points I need to raise:
I don't like to end on a negative so I would like to say that with the exception of the above the animal exhibits were not only interesting to look at but seemed to well thought out in terms of their residents welfare and behavioral needs as well as providing a good viewing experience. I would perhaps say that the park is better suited to children over 5 who can really enjoy all the play facilities and if you do visit and see the teletubbie land ask a member staff "why?"