If you prefer holistic methods of healing then the RelaxoPet Pro has been proven to help calm anxious pets with its high-frequency sounds, and if you’ve tried everything else, then this alternative method is definitely worth a try.
- Compact with a long battery
- Easy to set up and use
- Can travel with you
- May not work for your pet
- Audio may irritate
The RelaxoPet Pro is the latest product on the market that could be a saviour for anxious animals. This entirely holistic approach to soothing pets can help them deal with stressful situations such as loud noises, travel or separation anxiety and training.
The device plays high frequency sounds that cannot be heard by the human ear, but are ones that send subliminal vibrations that animals pick up. These sounds can be particularly effective at calming animals and birds.
If you don’t want to use medication or you’ve tried a number of options and nothing has worked, this is a great option that offers a different approach to working with anxiety in pets. There are four different versions of the RelaxoPet Pro that work for different animals such as cats, dogs, horses and birds. This review will take a closer look at the dog version, but they all work in pretty much the same way. If you have a nervous kitty, however, you can also check out how Feliway can help stressed cats.
So whether you’re already keen or you’re still sceptical, read on to find out more about how this holistic gadget can work to soothe your furry friend’s fears.
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RelaxoPet Pro: Features
The RelaxoPet Pro is essentially a standalone, battery-powered speaker. You don’t need to pair it with your phone or plug it into any other audio-feed devices - all the sounds and features are built-in to the unit, meaning it’s a pretty hassle-free device.
Hit the play button, and it starts pumping out soothing sounds with a 242-degree audio field; enough to fill a room or catch your dog's attention. RelaxoPet claims a range of 5m indoors, or 3m if you're using it outside.
The company says the sounds are "based on the latest, subliminal vibration technology" and vary between the different versions to match the hearing range of the specific animal they're tailored for. This speaker is made especially for your dog, so its range should get through to them more effectively than relaxation sounds played through the TV or radio.
You can, optionally, add suitably spa-like audible music to the RelaxoPet Pro's output, to give your dog something extra to listen to and to give you some proof that it's actually working.
You don't need to activate the RelaxoPet Pro manually; you can set it to an automatic mode, which uses twin microphones to detect signs of stress and start the sounds for a set period. That's great for helping with separation anxiety – though you shouldn't expect it to work right away. While its output is obviously calming, it is important to associate those relaxing sounds with positive attention; Pavlov would be proud.
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RelaxoPet Pro: User reviews
There will always be a certain level of natural skepticism that comes with a product such as this, but also a definite trend towards confirmation bias. So it's no surprise that the RelaxoPet's reviews jump to either end of the spectrum, with some claiming it solved their pet's anxiety problems, and others claiming it didn't work at all.
The most positive responses (and there are more of these than negative) came from those that took the time to train their dogs to the sound, with many saying that their canine companions can now sleep through anything. Many plaudits also seem to come from those who didn't actually think it would work but have been converted to the efficacy of the RelaxoPet Pro's sonic tranquilizing.
Some even talk about the effectiveness of the human-audible section of the RelaxoPet Pro's output on themselves, with one reviewer even claiming the looping, relaxing music helped with her own insomnia.
There's a lot of middle ground too, with people who aren't sure if it's worked but are willing to give it a go – realistically this is the mindset that would lead most to the RelaxoPet Pro in the first place.
In terms of the hardware itself, we struggled to find any complaints at all – but it's more about the effect than the kit itself. That said, some ears were able to detect a ghostly emanation from the speaker when used in dog-only mode, which suggests some of the frequencies it outputs may be audible to humans.
So you're going to either be listening to the same new-age music loops for hours on end or a barely-audible swirl, either of which may be a little hard on the brain.
Should you buy the RelaxoPet Pro?
We wouldn't pick the RelaxoPet Pro as the first port of call for a dog with anxiety issues. There are other, more established, solutions that rely on a little more science, including a thundervest or diffusers such as Adaptil, but they don't necessarily have the same flexibility or spiritual energy.
You may well prefer the concept and execution of the RelaxoPet Pro and, given that there's more than just a dog version, it's important to remember that there's no way to put a thundervest on a bird.
Its portability is another big plus because, once your dog is accustomed to it, you can take it anywhere. It's not the biggest investment, either, particularly when you consider the potentially expensive cost of diffusers.
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