Lactating bitches, in common with other mammals, release a substance – called appeasing pheromone – from the area around the mammary glands which calms and reassures her offspring. It is produced from around 3 to 5 days after the puppies birth and increases bonding with the mother and sends the puppies signals of well-being, making the puppy more confident in it’s environment.
There is a synthetic version of this appeasing pheromone called D.A.P. (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) available as a collar, a spray or a plug-in diffuser. This effectively mimics the properties of the naturally produced pheromone and will help not only puppies but older dogs cope better with the more stressful times in their lives, like moving to a new home, car travel, visits to the vet etc.. Preparation in advance of these situations is well worthwhile to make situations less stressful to your pet.