Shetland Sheepdogs are wonderful dogs! They are sensitive, loving, gentle active, super intelligent and protective. On the downside, most Shelties are known to excel at barking.
Dakota is definitely true to his lineage! While he does not bark incessantly, he DOES bark at strange sounds, (sounds that are loud, and even something as simple as my whisking eggs for scrambling can send him into a frenzy). His biggest barking triggers are the vacuum and once a week he gets to exercise his “talent” by barking incessantly when the people who come weekly to clean our apartment/condo building arrive.
I have tried to distract him, play with him, anything to curb this behavior, not much has worked. I was excited when I was offered the opportunity to have Dakota test the PetSafe® Busy Buddy® Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys because we are huge fans of the Busy Buddy® line . We received the 2-Pack shown below.
“Designed to help with separation anxiety and stress, the PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys dispense food and assist with problem-solving by distracting your pet from the cause of their anxiety, such as thunderstorms, fireworks, vet visits or other stressful situations. The soothing chamomile scent helps reduce anxiety, while the patented Treat Meter randomly dispenses treats to keep dogs entertained and playing longer.”
When I opened the package I was pleased and surprised that the package contained not one, but TWO PetSafe® Busy Buddy® Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys as shown above. I was pleased that the scent was not overwhelming, and was quite pleasant. I had been afraid that when I would open the package the scent would be overpowering. I couldn’t smell it at all until I put my nose right next to it to sniff. Perfect! I also love the durability of these toys.
“Available in two sizes (small and medium), each kit comes with two different durable food/treat-dispensing chew toys, allowing pet parents to alternate between the two toys to provide variety and keep dogs interested and engaged. Training and behavior advice from professional dog trainers is also included.”
Did They Work?
In complete honesty. MOSTLY. (After a minute or so Dakota ran to the door to bark, but DID return to play with the toy when called). Also….I used them only once when the cleaning people arrived. I would like to try these a few more times before I give my final verdict, but overall, yes I am pleased.
In the video below, if you turn up your volume you will hear the vacuum and notice that Dakota was completely focused on the PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toy.
- Patented Treat Meter randomly dispenses treats
- 2 durable food/treat-dispensing chew toys
- Training and behavior advice from professional dog trainers included
- Great for thunderstorms, fireworks, vet visits, barking, and separation anxiety
- Dishwasher safe, top rack only
The PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys are priced at $19.99 – $24.99 and are available for purchase on PetSafe.net.
About the PetSafe® Brand
PetSafe® Brand is an industry leader in the development of innovative pet behavioral, containment and lifestyle product solutions. PetSafe Brand is owned by Radio Systems®Corporation and headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. For more information, please visit www.petsafe.net .
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In full disclosure:I was not compensated for this post. I received a PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys 2-Pack in exchange for my always honest review.