Some dogs may find it hard to adjust to kennel life due to the separation from the owner, dealing with different and unfamiliar people, noises, new and strange environment, sudden change in their routine and presence of other dogs with limited interaction.
You might notice a change in your dog’s condition after a kennel stay for these reasons.
Your dog may also experience these same issues when visiting a vet practice. This is the reason why many vets already use ADAPTIL® at their practice to help support dogs during their visit.
An ADAPTIL® collar should be fitted to your dog as soon as possible to help prevent your dog becoming stressed in the kennel environment, it lasts for up to 4 weeks which will help your dog settle back in at home.
The collar only releases the pheromone when it is warmed by your dog’s body heat. Therefore, it should be checked daily to ensure it has not become loose.
Alternatively, the ADAPTIL® spray (applied on you dog’s bedding) can be used as a temporary measure lasting 4-5 hours.
ADAPTIL® contains the dog appeasing pheromone which has been proven to help dogs cope in challenging situations. The ADAPTIL® collars are used by the Dogs Trust and Blue Cross to help their dogs adjust to kennels and settle into their new homes.
Check your dog’s vaccinations are up to date, including kennel cough. Remember to take proof of vaccination with you, this is given to you by your vet and is usually referred to as a health care card or vaccination record.
If your dog is elderly or has been unwell recently, check that your dog is fit enough to cope with a stay in kennels.
Try and take some of your dog’s bedding with you to the kennels. However, only leave bedding that you do not mind becoming soiled or even destroyed.
Leave something of yours with your dog as your scent will provide comfort and reassurance, and possibly a toy they enjoy.
If your dog is on long-term medication explain to the kennels when and how this is administered.
If your dog has a sensitive stomach or is a fussy eater check with the kennels that they are happy to feed your dog’s usual food. If you wish to provide your dog’s usual food make sure you supply enough for the entire stay (including a little extra).
Check the times you are able to drop off and pick up your dog.
Finally, make sure the kennels has your vet contact details just in case there is an emergency.
The video provides advice on how to use Adaptil to help your dog cope with difficult changes in their life.