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going to kennels

going to KENNELS

While most kennels do their upmost to keep the dogs happy and stimulated your dog may find it hard to adjust to kennel life.

Whilst most kennels do their utmost to keep he dogs happy and stimulated your dog may find it hard to adjust to kennel life due to:

  • Separation from you
  • Different and strange people around
  • Different noises, including barking (most of the time)
  • Unusual environment, different to home
  • Strange dogs (and unable to get to know them)
  • Different routine
  • Change in food / diet (if you do not supply your own)

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 staying at a veterinary hospital (hospitalised or during physical examinations). This is the reason why many veterinarians already use Adaptil at their practice to help prevent and support these issues.

In kennels, the situation is different as often kennels are not able to use the Adaptil Diffuser due to the access dogs have to the outside.

The above video provides advice on what you can do to help your dog cope with changes to their routine such as stays in kennels or going into a shelter.

Ten top tips to support your dog when going into a kennels


Check your dog’s vaccination schedule is up to date, including kennel cough. The kennels may not take your dog if you are behind with their vaccinations.


If your dog is elderly or has been unwell recently, check that your dog is fit enough to cope with a stay in kennels.


To prevent the dog becoming stressed in the kennel environment, fit an Adaptil Collar to your dog 24 hours before you go away.


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 veterinarians’ contact details just in case there is an emergency.

How can Adaptil help your dog cope with kennels?

Fitting an Adaptil Collar to your dog 24 hours before you go away will help your dog cope with kennels. The collar lasts for up to 4 weeks which will help your dog settle back in at home.

Adaptil has been proven to help reduce stress-related responses in sheltered dogs.

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