What are Tracerz®
Tracerz® scent markers are the most cost-effective way to help your dog or cat adjust to blindness. Tracerz™ are great for any indoor area such as a home, apartment, or office. Tracerz™ contain a calming blend of essential oils that are pleasantly distinctive so they won't be confused with other household products.
Tracerz™ can be affixed to walls, furniture, carpet, tile, hardwood, doors, trim, appliances, vinyl, glass, and more. Tracerz™ are less than one inch in diameter and can be easily concealed. You don't have to see them; your pet just needs to smell them.
Blind Dogs and Cats can live long and happy lives.
The ability to distinguish between millions of different smells allows them to literally see the world through smell. Tracerz™ are pre-scented location markers that help blind dogs build up a mental map of their environment.
How do Tracerz work?
To allow your dog to build a 3-dimensional mental map, the scent markers are placed around the home to help your dog find important locations, avoid obstacles, and not get lost when waking up from a deep sleep. Blind dogs can visualize surroundings through their olfactory (smelling) senses alone.
Tracerz™ provide natural, oil-based scent markers that require no maintenance. They can last for up to a year before needing to be replaced.
We infuse each Tracerz™ marker with a unique mixture of highly concentrated essential oils. They are suspended in wax that won't wipe off or wash away. Tracerz can be scratched periodically to refresh scent emissions. This process maximizes the scented surface area and makes the marker active for 4-8 months. We have researched and thoroughly tested organic scented oils to find the safest ones that dogs and cats are most responsive to.
Each strip of four Tracerz has a different scent. The scents are a mixture of certified organic plant extracts including Clove stems, Vanilla, Cypress, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, and Ravensara. A rubber-based adhesive and scent-retaining polymer are also used. All components are non-toxic.
Affix the Tracerz™ dots as close as possible to the height of your dog's nose and adjacent to the spots they most often collide with. The adhesive backing will bond strongly to most surfaces. We make it simple:
Peel away the adhesive side of each Tracerz™ from its plastic backing. Use of gloves is recommended.
Use Tracerz™ marked with "obstacle" to stick onto obstacles that they commonly run into, such as table legs, corners of coffee tables, doors, appliances, and furniture.
Use the "path" Tracerz™ to stick onto important locations such as door trim, exits, entrances, doorways, and stairs.
Many dogs need little to no training to pick up the Tracerz™ scents. While your dog is in a calm state, SLOWLY lead him around through his typical paths to let him sniff out the new scent marks and allow him to develop a 3-dimensional map. Tracerz™ are not as effective when placed near open windows and doors or overpowering fragrances, candles, or colognes. Scratch the surface of each dot every few weeks to reveal fresh layers of scent-emitting material.
What can I expect from Tracerz™?
Dogs will typically start avoiding bumps and collisions within 48 hours. The first thing you will likely notice is not being awakened in the middle of the night to the sounds of your dog banging into things.
Within a short period they will build up confidence and begin to move around with ease. Many dogs will even begin to run around like they used to.
However, Tracerz™ are by no means a cure to blindness. All blind dogs are still going to bump into things, especially when they get excited. The mission behind Tracerz™ is to minimize the frequency of those collisions and make sure your pet never gets lost in the home. Tracerz™ are very helpful for cats, but they are most effective with dogs.
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