“I have an excellent example of the effectiveness of the calming cap. We had a gentle, large American Bulldog mix foster, named Butchie Boy who got a horrid ear infection and was in considerable pain. He got to the point that if you touched the ear, he will yipe and then growled. The infection required that he be given ear meds twice a day and a flushing once a day. Using Tramadol, the calming cap and boiled chicken as the positive reinforcement, we were able to desensitize him to getting his ears cared for. With the calming cap, it helped to settle him as well as he didn’t see the hands going to his ear. It got to where we’d bring out the cap, he’d sit patiently waiting for the chicken/salmon and one the cap was on – actually bent his body toward our voice so we could medicate his ear.”
“My Rottweiler rescue didn’t have the greatest trust of people when I first got him. Never aggressive, but always wary. When it came time to go to the vet. and get into that small room, though, he wouldn’t let anyone touch him. I could see him getting aggressive very easily at that point. With the Calming Cap and his squeaky bunny clutched in his mouth that changed. After a few vet. visits wearing the cap, and in addition to some kind hands and words I was eventually able to take the Calming Cap off and he was able to go to the vet without a problem. He still had to have the bunny, but the change was huge. Ultimately, being able to trust the vet. may have saved his life because later he developed sepsis and needed a ton of veterinary, some of it very quickly.”
“Calming Cap provides a simple and easy to use aid for training highly stimulated dogs. Dogs adjust quickly to wearing the Calming Cap, and there’s no fear or pain involved. I’ve demonstrated the effectiveness of the Calming Cap on some of my clients’ dogs, and upon seeing their “over-the-top” dog suddenly relaxed, my clients felt more confident and hopeful about embarking on their dog’s further training. You might say using the Calming Cap is a twofer deal: calmer dogs create calmer handlers.”
“I used your calming cap on my very fearful Border Collie mix (McNab type) when I was in the CBA class in 2008. Although she couldn’t tolerate being in a place with so many people, she was able to sit quietly in the Marin HS auditorium with the cap in place. I also used it to allow her to sit with me at Peet’s and not be terrified.
The effect it had on her was apparently to keep her from seeing that people were looking AT her. She could tolerate hearing them and having them pass by when she had the cap on, but pulled away and tried to escape when it was off. I found it a very effective tool for her. She is now able to walk almost anywhere with me, and to sit without trying to escape in public places. She lets strangers pet her now. I don’t need to use it any longer, but it clearly allowed her to get used to being out in public.”
“I used it again on my Whippet adolescent, who was overly aroused by animals on tv. She would growl, bark and lunge at the tv screen when any animals were shown. I held her next to me on the couch, and put the calming cap on, and let her “watch” the animals on tv (with sound). She was able to tolerate it and stay on the couch without trying to attack the screen. We did many sessions with the cap, and she now can tolerate brief animal appearances on tv without barking/attacking. Again, I think the calming cap helped her to get used to the on screen animals without becoming so aroused she had to attack. The dog still watches too much tv. ”