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Not a silver bullet - but it worked for us.
on 28 May 2016
First - having read a lot of reviews, it is clear that whether the collar works or not depends on the dog - and probably on the cause of the problems the dog is experiencing. After all, no-one would buy this for a dog who had no problems and exhibited no undesirable behaviour. The likelihood is that people buying this collar will have tried a number of different options that have not worked, so it's no surprise that this collar only works on some dogs. It's not a silver bullet. This is going to be a lengthy review - apologies, but it might help to put our positive experience in context.
So, in our case we are lucky with our purchase. Our wire-haired pointer was impeccably behaved when we got him - very early, at six weeks. We were a little surprised at how early the breeder let us have the dog - and no, it was not a puppy farm, but a single-bitch breeder KC registered - but our vet said that it should be OK. In retrospect, we feel we should have waited.
For the first six months of his life he was friendly with other dogs, enjoying playing with strangers, and loving the puppy socialisation course. And then, thinking we were responsible owners, we had him neutered. Immediately after this, his behaviour with other dogs changed: although still loving with people, he became aggressive with dogs he did not know - even puppies. Although he did not do any harm, he certainly frightened them and was clearly vicious in the intent of his attacks. I'm not sure whether neutering caused the change, although a significant minority of dog owners have reported similar problems.
We tried almost everything - distraction techniques, reinforcing our dominant role in the pack, treats whenever a dog appeared, withdrawal of attention if he lunged: to no effect. We also invested a significant amount of time and money with a trainer, who focused on click training and distraction - but to little effect. We managed the situation by keeping him away from other dogs where possible, ensuring he was always on a close lead and treating him if a dog came close. But this means walks were always a worry.
It was noticeable that before lunging he would lick his lips - often a sign of fear and nervousness. Thinking back to the early separation from his mother, and wondering if the neutering had caused a hormone imbalance that might have made him nervous and uncertain about his place in the world, we tried this collar six weeks ago.
The difference was almost immediately noticeable. He is still nervous around other dogs, but no longer makes the first move - he takes his cues from the other dog, and is happy to ignore it, especially when offered a treat or told to sit. The only real change we have made is the Adaptil collar - and so for us in our situation, it has been a real success.
Yes, they are pricey, and only have a life of a few weeks - and they are not he most attractive. But the difference the collar has made to our - that is, us and the dog! - walking enjoyment is worth the money.