"We sprayed it in their nose or toward their head while they were barking...barking and jumping, running back and forth," McGlone said. "This whole behavior stopped. You could almost see them thinking, ‘What was that?'"
The good news is that the product had no impact on the heart rate/cardio function of the dogs, which was the main side effect that they were worried about. Androstenone, in addition to being a pheromone in pigs, appears to also be an intermone, which refers to a product that is, McGlone explained, a "pheromone in one species and has a behavioral effect in another species, but we do not know if it is a pheromone (naturally produced) in the other species."
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He indicated that the product stops cats in their tracks too.
McGlone, though, quickly added, "It's best used as a training tool rather than a circus act to stop animals from doing what they're doing."
He's now testing pheromones released by dogs, cats, pigs and horses to see if any might be useful in commercial products. Other researchers continue to look at human pheromones as well, hoping to create the perfect Love Potion #9 and other hopefully beneficial formulations.