There are several things you can do to help your new puppy get used to being away from his littermates and adjust to his new home. Teaching puppies some independence early on can help them adjust to being home alone later in life.
Planning ahead will make the adoption process easier for all.
If your puppy is younger than four months of age at adoption, see also our advice on Puppy Socialization.
Adaptil® is a synthetic copy of the natural comforting pheromone released by a mother dog to reassure her puppies right after birth. It helps them bond to their mother and feel calm and secure. Puppies recognize this pheromone in Adaptil and it may help your puppy settle into his new home and reduce night crying.
Adaptil has been clinically proven* to help puppies adjust to new homes more quickly and spend less time unsettled at night following adoption (in particular, vocalizations and contact-seeking).
*Taylor K, Mills D, A placebo-controlled study to investigate the effect of Dog Appeasing Pheromone and other environmental and manage factors on the reports of disturbance and house-soiling during the night in recently adopted puppies. Applied Animal Behavior Scienced 105 (2007) 358-368.
The Adaptil Collar is activated by body heat and releases the calming pheromone constantly, even when the dog is outside....
Scientific studies* have shown that using Adaptil helps to reduce the signs of stress in dogs and puppies exposed to...