When it is not possible to take your dog along on your vacation or have to leave it in the care of someone for a few days while you are away, you have several options for pet care. You can have a reliable family member, friend or neighbor come to your home to feed, water, walk, and spend time with the dog or you can invest in dog boarding at a professional center for pet care.
You can have a reliable family member, friend or neighbor come to your home to feed, water, walk, and spend time with the dog or you can invest in dog boarding at a professional center for pet care.
Whether the dog boarding is a resort (like ours) where pets get TV, elevated bedding and grooming or a more basic kennel where food and exercise is provided, here are a number of things to do to make it easy for your pet to adjust and prevent your furry family member from having a nervous breakdown.
Avoid getting anxious or emotional when you drop off your dog. Dogs are very emotional, and they are exceptionally good at detecting a human’s emotions through body language, behavior, and tone.
When dropping off your dog at a dog boarding for the first time, stay calm and make the good-byes as short as possible. You, as the pack leader, must demonstrate confidence despite the new surroundings the dog must get used to.
Showing anxiety or getting stressed will make it more stressful for your dog because he or she will pick on the energy and feel there is a reason to be anxious.
Reduce your dog’s stress by bringing its food, favorite blanket or toy. When a dog sees its guardian leave, it can become very upset because dogs don’t have the cognitive ability to realize that the owner will return. This can cause varying degrees of separation anxiety among different dogs.
To make it easier for your dog to handle the separation, you may bring your pet’s food or its favorite blanket or toy. This will help reduce the stress that often causes dogs to become upset and agitated.
These familiar objects (smells and tastes) will help remind it of home and reduces the stress that often causes upset and agitation.
Tour the dog boarding in advance and ensure that the facility meets your expectations and is equipped to address the needs of your dog.
There is no better way to be assured of the safety, good health, and comfort of your dog than by visiting the dog boarding in advance and checking it out for yourself.
A dog boarding facility that offers customized care is often prepared to address the needs of a dog separated from its owner. This way, when you are confident you have made the right choice, you will have nothing worry about.
If your pet has special needs e.g. dietary and exercise limitations, finding out how the staff of the dog boarding handles such cases and communicating your expectations in advance is important to helping you prepare.
Here is some similar advice we offer in another article – Dog Daycare – The Unconventional Guide To Preparing Your Dog For Daycare
There are good dog boarding facilities with passionate and experienced staff but there are also bad environments that do not provide optimal caring for pets.
Finding the dog boarding that is ideal for your dog is essential to reducing and even eliminating the separation anxiety the pup will experience while you are away, especially if it is the first time in a dog boarding.
Please feel free to contact us for a tour of our facility. We can be contacted at 609-259-1900. We’ll be glad to meet with you and answer and questions about dog boarding.