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Our Pick: Pet Acoustics UltraCalmer Canine Stress Relief Sonic Collar

This calming dog collar is a wonderful tool for sound-sensitive dogs. Loud sounds are one of the most common anxiety triggers in dogs, and may make them pant and pace uncontrollably. Anxious dogs can also be destructive, and aggressive towards other dogs and humans. We love that this collar is backed by multiple studies and endorsed by pet professionals all over the world. Veterinarians even love to use this Pet Acoustics Collar when dogs are separated from their owners during medical treatment and surgeries. Although it’s not a noise-related stressor, this collar almost immediately calms them down at the vet. Fireworks, thunderstorms, and other noise phobias will also no longer be a problem for you and your pup once you try out this collar.

Pros/Cons:

Pros: You can’t beat a product that is backed by science and real testing. This collar also comes in three sizes; small (9-13 inches), medium (12-18 inches), and large (16-25 inches), so you can choose the best fit for your dog.

Cons: This collar is the most expensive out of the three, but you can save a lot of money if you buy it off of Amazon instead of the Pet Acoustics website. It also has to be recharged after every 3 hrs of use which may not be ideal if your dog needs to use a calming collar for long trips, or days alone at home.

Why We Like It:

For a one-time purchase, this collar is a great investment. It’s still affordable, and it doesn’t need to be replaced. This collar is worth more in general, just because it’s a high-tech gadget that actually plays music for your dog to hear. The magnetic USB charger is also included in the price, and it’s water-resistant so you don’t have to worry about accidental spills.

Compared to the rest:

The Pet Acoustics UltraCalmer uses frequency and decibel modified music to calm down your dog. Your dog has acute hearing sensitivities that allow them to pick up these calming changes. Your dog is clinically proven to calm down within five minutes of putting on this collar. They have performed studies using the Ultra Calmer music, with incredible success rates on dogs and horses.

Is this right for my dog?

The Pet Acoustics UltraCalmer Sonic Collar is specifically designed for dogs who are sensitive to noise, so you may see the best results if you know your dog is noise-sensitive. Although, this collar can calm down dogs who are anxious for the vet, car rides, meeting new dogs, and much more. The reason it’s so effective for noise-sensitive dogs is because it masks the unwanted noises on top of having calming properties.

Our Runner-Up: Nurturecalm 24/7 Canine Calming Pheromone Collar

The Nuturecalm 24/7 Pheromone Collar uses pheromones, or a chemical substance released by mother dogs to calm her puppies. Pheromones are a common anxiety aid for animals because dogs can recognize these pheromones throughout their adult life as well. Pheromones still produce the same calming affect that they did when your dog was a puppy, which can greatly decrease their anxiety levels. But not to worry, pheromones don’t give off a scent, so you don’t have to worry about any unnecessary odors. This collar can help to eliminate anxiety from separation, traveling, loud noises, and much more. It fits dog’s who have a neck measurement of up to 28 inches.

Pros/Cons:

Pros: Some pheromone products for dogs use a plug-in diffuser to disperse the chemical throughout the room your dog is currently in. But, when your dogs wears the Nuturecalm Pheromone Collar, the pheromones are always there to calm them. It’s a great product for rescue dogs or any dog with anxiety who need constant comfort. It is impossible to travel with traditional pheromone diffusers, but Nuturecalm collar is the perfect travel aid.

Cons: The pheromones released from this collar only last up to 30 days. But, it does use a steady release to ensure the pheromone are release gradually, and your collar does last the full 30 days. One major downside is that some owners don’t see a difference in their dogs after putting on this collar. If you’re willing to take the risk for a possibly great solution, its absolutely worth a try.

What we think:

We would give this collar a very high rating for value, except that it has to be replaced every 30 days. Although, if this is the solution to your dog’s anxiety it may still be cheaper than prescription medications, or a combination of supplements and other products. It’s common for calming dog collars to be replaced frequently because they are often hormone-infused or scented. This is the most inexpensive collar out of our three picks.

Compared to the Rest

This collar uses a scientifically-backed method for calming dogs. Although you can’t see or smell pheromones they are extremely powerful and often work as well as they did for your dog when they were a puppy. This is also the most inexpensive collar on our list which gets a big thumbs up from us! It can also be given to all ages and breeds.

Is this right for my dog?

If your dog has any kind of anxiety, this collar is worth a try. You may think your dog is just “bad” for having the behaviors that he/she does, but many dogs have untreated anxiety. Untreated anxiety may worsen or lead to excessive barking, growling, or even biting. It’s not your dog’s fault, they may just feel threatened, but you don’t want anyone getting hurt. If your dog is incredibly destructive or needs immediate medical attention, it’s best to take them to the vet for evaluation before trying any other methods.

An Alternative Option: Calm Me Down: Herbal Calming Collars for Dog Anxiety

If you’re looking for a very natural approach to dog anxiety, this herbal calming collar is the best on the market. These herb-filled calming collars are handmade in the USA so you know you’re getting high quality product. Each collar is filled with a dried blend of natural herbs (lavender, chamomile, and balsam) that help to reduce dog anxiety. The Herbal Calming Collars reduce fear from loud noises, traveling, and all stressful situations. They can reduce or eliminate negative behaviors caused by anxiety like barking, hyper-activity, and growling.

Each collar is about 2 inches wide and features a center seam to distribute the herbs evenly throughout the collar. Herbal Calming Collars recommends sizing up if your dog is in between collar sizes.

Pros/Cons

Pros: These calming dog collars come in sizes extra small (fits 7 to 10 inches), small (fits 11 to 14 inches), medium (fits 15 to 17 inches), large (fits 18 to 21 inches), and extra large (fits 22 to 25 inches) so you’ll most likely find the right size for your dog. They also come in 15 adorable patterns including American flag print, paisley print, paw prints, and much more. This collar is the most customizable out of our three picks.

Cons: This is another calming dog collar that you’ll have to replace eventually. Each one is filled with dried herbs that will eventually loose their potency. If worn 24/7 they will last 3 to 4 months which is still very long lasting for an herbal collar. But, if stored in a plastic bag when not in use, they can last up to a year. If your dog is a heavy chewer, we may advise against this collar. Although they are great quality collars, a heavy chewer will most likely be able to rip through the fabric and to the dried herbs.

WHat We think:

This collar is a bit pricey if it only lasts 3-4 months. Although, it usually ends up being less expensive than purchasing a pheromone collar that only lasts a month. We recommend storing your dog’s Herbal Calming Collar in a plastic bag when it’s not in use to make it last longer. With great care it can last up to an entire year. That’s an entire year of savings on anxiety pills or supplements, so that’s very worth the price. The longer this collar lasts the better value you’ll get out of each one, so if you take care of it properly it is a great value.

Compared to the Rest

The Calm Me Down Herbal Calming Collar is a great all natural alternative. If you just aren’t sold on the validity of pheromones, or your dog isn’t stressed out by noise, this may be your best choice. Lavender, chamomile, and balsam are three wonderful herbs for anxiety. They work just as well on humans as they do on dogs. This is great for dogs who only have anxiety in high-stress situations if you’d like your collar to last a full year. Although, if your dog needs to wear this collar 24/7, its likely that this solution is still cheaper than prescription medication.

 

We know how important your dog is to you. We want your dog to be happy and relaxed just as much as you do. This is why we compiled our list of favorite calming collars. Using this article as your guide, you will help calm your pup and keep them happy and healthy.