puppy adoption

Bringing home your new puppy is an incredibly exciting moment. To help your puppy become well-adjusted and grow up to be a wonderful, calm dog, there are certain considerations and preparations that should be made as you embark on this journey. 

We have collected some special advice from veterinary experts to ensure that the addition of your new puppy is as happy and stress free as possible.

Adaptil Puppy Series - Picking the perfect breed and type of puppy for you and your home

Watch and listen as behavioral expert Carolyn Menteith explains the most important factors to consider before choosing a puppy for your household.

Adaptil Puppy Series - Essential health care information for your puppy

Watch this video as behavioral expert Carolyn Menteith discusses the proper steps for socialization to help your puppy become happy and well-adjusted.

Adaptil Puppy Series – A practical guide to basic training for your puppy

Watch as behavioral expert Carolyn Menteith shares these easy-to-follow training methods to teach your puppy to sit, stay, come to you, and more.

Settling Your Puppy in at home


Adaptil is clinically proven* to help your puppy adjust to his new home more quickly with less night crying.


Put an Adaptil collar on your dog as soon as you get him. It should fit snugly, with no more than a two-finger width between the collar and the neck.


The collar should be worn continuously and it will last 30 days.


Replace the collar every 30 days for the first four months to help keep your puppy calm and confident during this critical lerarning and socialization period.


Also, expose your puppy to lots of positive new experiences and people while he is still young.

The above steps using Adaptil may help reduce stress and help ensure your relationship with your new puppy is a great one. Adaptil has been clinically proven* to help support an easier and faster settling process in the new home for the puppy.

When you bring your puppy home, remember that many have never been in a car.  Help reduce fear or stress during this first car ride. Keep your puppy calm and relaxed as it takes its first ride home with you. Plan ahead with a carrier or some way to restrain your puppy in the car for the safety of all occupants.

Apply Adaptil Spray in the car.  This spray should be applied 15 minutes before your dog is introduced to the car.  For long journeys, reapply the spray every 4 to 5 hour 

See video advice from our advisor on how Adaptil can help your puppy:

*Taylor K, Mills D,  A placebo-controlled study to investigate the effect of Dog Appeasing Pheromone and other environmental and management factors on the reports of disturbance and house-soiling during the night in recently adopted puppies.  Applied Animal Behavior Science 105 (2007) 358-368.

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