Your Guide to Using Adaptil


This article is written by Pet Circle's qualified veterinarian, Dr Teagan Lever, BVSc (Hons)

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1. What Is Adaptil?

2. When To Use Adaptil

3. Which Adaptil Product is Best For You? - the Diffuser, the Collar, or the Spray

4. Further Reading

What is Adaptil?

Adaptil is an odourless, man-made version of Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP). DAP is released soon after a mother dog gives birth to establish feelings of wellbeing and attachment. When used correctly, Adaptil can promote these feelings in your dog or puppy to help them overcome anxiety and other behavioural problems.

When To Use Adaptil

Adaptil can be used to help manage a number of anxiety related problems and stressful events in your dog's life including:

  • Settling a new puppy into your home
  • Separation anxiety
  • Coping with loud noises
  • Visiting the groomer or vet
  • Staying at the boarding kennels
  • Car sickness and travel anxiety
  • Socialising or training your new puppy

Which Adaptil Product is Best For My Pet?

Adaptil currently comes in a diffuser, a spray, and collar formulation. We've described each below and which dog they might be best suited for. For testimonials, click on the product to view Adaptil reviews.

Adaptil Diffuser

The Adaptil diffuser is designed to release the Adaptil pheromone into your dog's environment. It covers an area of 50-70m2 when used correctly. For it to be most effective ensure that windows and doors are closed, and the diffuser is left on continuously. Each diffuser vial lasts for 30 days before it needs to be replaced. Avoid placing the diffuser behind furniture, doors or curtains or underneath shelves as this can make it less effective. As the diffuser is designed to be used indoors, it is useful for indoor dogs with separation anxiety and introducing your dog or puppy to a new environment.

Adaptil Collar

The Adaptil collar is designed to be worn continuously around your dog or puppy's neck. The body heat from your pet causes the collar to steadily release the Adaptil pheromone into their local environment. It is especially useful for travelling and boarding, socialising puppies, training, coping with loud noises and managing separation anxiety.

Adaptil Spray

The Adaptil spray is designed to be sprayed directly on bedding, inside crates, indoor kennels or in the car. It may also be sprayed onto a bandanna which your dog can wear around their neck to receive a strong scent. It is indicated for short periods of time (as it lasts 1.5-2 hours) such as travelling, vet visits, coping with loud noises such as thunderstorms, or managing separation anxiety.

The Adaptil range provides a safe and effective way for you to help manage your dog's stress and anxiety. Remember that if you are still having problems with your dog's behaviour it is best to consult your veterinarian for further advice.

Further Reading

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How To Help Your Dog's Storm Phobia

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Separation Anxiety in Dogs