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'Pig perfume' helps stop dogs misbehaving

August 26, 2014 | Comment icon 20 comments



Will pig perfume be the next big dog accessory ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Robert Simmons
A new type of fragrance based on the smell of male pigs has a remarkable calming effect on dogs.
For dog owners whose canine companions are proving to be too difficult to handle there is now a new hope in the form of a special perfume that can keep even the most unruly of dogs in check.

Made from a pheromone produced in the fat and saliva of male pigs, the unusual fragrance was formulated by scientist John McGlone while he was trying to find a way to stop his Cairn terrier Toto from barking incessantly.
According to MgGlone just one application of the perfume was enough to keep his dog quiet.

"It was completely serendipitous," he said. "One of the most difficult problems is that dogs bark a lot, and itís one of the top reasons they are given back to shelters or pounds."

The key component of the fragrance is androstenone, a pheremone that makes a male pig more attractive to females. While it doesn't seem to have this effect in dogs it does have the remarkable ability to keep them under control without causing them any harm.

Source: Discovery | Comments (20)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #11 Posted by freetoroam 8 years ago
Shame they can not find something to spray on the owners who can not be bothered to train their dogs properly. I suppose used only when absolutely necessary, in ref to Michelle`s point, it could be good, but hope this will not be the new way to keep the dogs under control all the time by some owners as opposed to taking them out for a walk and giving them proper training.
Comment icon #12 Posted by OverSword 8 years ago
I have a friend with an un-neutered dog that is overly willful, barks too much, and if he likes you want's to hump you. It's a 95 lb pit bull and is a very intimidating dog. He's less of a dog and more like a force of nature. He could really use this but my friend babies him so much I just know he's going to get offended when I send him this article.
Comment icon #13 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
When they develop a pheromone-based cologne that makes girls irresistable to me, I will be impressed, and first in line...
Comment icon #14 Posted by odiesbsc 8 years ago
I wonder what would happen if you sprayed this stuff on a Muslim.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Duchess Gummybuns 8 years ago
So, this stuff stops your dog from being a HAM? I-I...I tried.
Comment icon #16 Posted by coolguy 8 years ago
My dog just sits on the stoop and barks at the wind lol
Comment icon #17 Posted by shrooma 8 years ago
aah, bacon. is there NOTHING it can't cure..... . (jews & muslims take note. one bacon sarnie would end the gaza problem.....) ;-)
Comment icon #18 Posted by Lilly 8 years ago
Shame they can not find something to spray on the owners who can not be bothered to train their dogs properly.... Exactly.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Eldorado 8 years ago
Will this work on my girlfriend? Your gf jumps frantically on house guests? When can I visit?
Comment icon #20 Posted by Lilly 8 years ago
Your gf jumps frantically on house guests? When can I visit? LOL!


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