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boarding your dog

While most facilities do their best to keep the dogs happy and active while in their care, your dog may find it hard to adjust to kennel life.

There are a lot of reasons why a dog may not be comfortable in the boarding facility including:

  • Separation from you
  • Different noises, including lots of barking 
  • Unusual environment, different from home
  • Unfamiliar dogs
  • Different routine
  • Unfamiliar people
  • Change in food / diet (if you do not supply your own)

Your dog may also experience these same issues when staying at a veterinary hospital (hospitalized or during physical examinations). This is the reason that many veterinarians already use Adaptil® in their practice to help reduce signs of stress.

This video provides advice on what you can do to help your dog cope with changes to their routine such as being boarded.

Tips on boarding your dog in a kennel


Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date. Most boarding facilities won't take your dog if he is not up to date on vaccinations.


If your dog isn't feeling well or isn't acting his normal self be sure to have your veterinarian do an exam to ensure your dog is healthy enough to board.


To help reduce stress, fit an Adaptil collar on your dog 24 hours prior to boarding. Fit the collar snugly with a two-finger width between your dog and the collar.


Take some of your dog's comfortable and familiar bedding when you take your dog.


If your dog is on a special diet, be sure to provide his food as well with clear instructions on how often to feed.


If your dog is on medication, write out instructions to give to the facility.


If your dog has any unique personality traits, be sure to let the staff know as well.


Lastly, leave your veterinarians' contact info and an emergency number where you can be reached.

How can Adaptil® help your dog cope with boarding?

Fit an Adaptil Collar on your dog at least 24 hours before you go away to help your dog cope with the experience. It lasts for up to four weeks and has been clinically proven* to help reduce stress-related behaviors in dogs left alone or placed in a shelter.

Where to buy an Adaptil Collar? Click here.

*Osella MC, Bergamasco L, Costa F, Use of a synthethic analogue of a dog appeasing pheromone (DAP) in sheltered dogs after adoption.  Current Issues and Research in Veterinary Behavioral Medicine, Proceedings 

Barlow N, Goodwin D, Efficacy of dog appeasing pheromone (DAP) in reducing stress related responses in rescue shelter dogs.  Proc of the Comp An Behavior Therapy Study Group, 2009.