Your Guide to Using Adaptil


What is Adaptil?

Adaptil is an odourless, man-made version of Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP). When your dog was a puppy, his or her mother would have released DAP soon after birth to establish feelings of well being 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 your new puppy
  • Training your new puppy

Which Formulation is Best For My Pet?

Adaptil currently comes in both a diffuser and collar formulation.

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.


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.

Posted by Dr Teagan Lever

When Teagan's not busy sharing her knowledge of all things pets as Pet Circle's resident vet, she is the human companion of two intense English staffies and a three-legged cat named Steve.

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