When they are going on vacation, so many dog owners feel awful about placing their animal in a dog kennel or dog hotel. They are greatly concerned by how much their animal will miss them, how homesick they will feel and how frightened they are going to be.
The good news, however, not to be overlooked by you is that at good dog boarding facilities, they are going to get the opportunity to socialize with other animals who in so many ways are just like them. They will get loads of attention, a chance to play more, a nice little place to sleep comfortably, and are going to come back home just a bit tired, but oh so happy! They may enjoy it so much that you might even think about bringing them back there even at times when you are not even planning on being away.
Daycare services are now being offered by many dog boarding kennels wherein a controlled environment; dogs can safely socialize with other pets that have been temperament tested and properly vaccinated, all under watchful supervision.
When you do bring your pet in, you must make certain first that they are properly prepared for their holiday. Take a look at the positive suggestions that follow.
Help Make The Boarding Hotel Or Kennel An Environment As Familiar As Possible
Just as you would with your child going off to summer camp, you want to send your dog off with a few familiar things that will offer them some comfort. Always include sending them with perhaps a blanket they love, the brand of dog food they favor and a few toys. All of these will provide your pet with that good feeling in the kennel that you want them to have.
Perhaps doggie daycare sessions are offered by the kennel you are considering. You may want to begin by taking your pet there just for the day a couple of times. They will soon start to feel comfortable there and comfortable with the handlers and other animals.
Attempt To Relieve The Anxiety Of Your Dog
Always keep in mind that your dog will very often pick up on your anxiety, so if you hang around too long when you drop them off saying goodbye, they will sense your apprehension. With this in mind, plan on making a rapid departure when you do in fact drop them off.
Still, other things that you can do geared toward leaving them with a positive feeling is to not wait until departure day to get everything ready for them to go. Instead, spend a little time each day for a few days before preparing things at a calm, easy pace. Always keep in mind that your animal will sense if you are feeling anxious and will feed off of that, so the more relaxed you are, the more relaxed they will be!
Still another great idea is to set aside a few hours to give your dog some serious exercise before you take them to the kennel. Getting them a bit tired out will help them to simply be able to crash when they actually get there. They will get some rest and then wake up in those surroundings that they have already become familiar with and comfortable in.
Quickly Say Your Goodbyes
Saying goodbye to one’s beloved pet is never a simple thing to do, and so many people linger around and continue to draw it out. It is so important to avoid doing this by making every effort to say one’s goodbye as rapidly as possible because not doing so is going to leave the animal stressed and fearful.
You have to keep in mind at all times the vital importance of not dragging things out and making them happen quickly. Always remember, it is the dog’s feelings that have to take top priority here and not your own!
The same thought process should apply to when you pick the dog up from the facility. Save all the emotional hugs and kisses until you get your pet back home and avoid all excessive displays at the sight of the dog hotel or dog boarding facility.
Be Careful What It Is You Feed Your Pet
Always understand that it will very often play on the digestive health of the dog if they are overly excited. When they enter a new facility and unfamiliar surroundings, they can begin to deal with some indigestion. Very often, people planning their animals trip will make the wrong decision to overfeed them before taking them, and this is not a good thing to do. If anything, feed them somewhat less before bringing them so that their stomach does not get to feel ill.
You also want to be certain that all vaccinations that are due your dog have been administered before their going to the kennel. Only dogs that are fully vaccinated can come to the kennel. And because vaccinations take some time to fully work, you should make certain that they have been completed at least two weeks before their going to the kennel. Typically, the shots involved will cover hepatitis, parvovirus, distemper, leptospirosis, kennel cough and parainfluenza.
Make Certain All IDs For Your Pet Are Current
An up-to-date microchip or tag is so important for your pet to have so that if the kennel needs to get in touch with you in the event of any emergency that arises, they will be able to.
Through Socialization Training, Put Your Pet
As pets often are not able to have the experience, putting your pet through socialization training before their stay at the kennel makes so much sense. It will assist them in feeling entirely at ease when they do in fact go there to board.
The last thing to keep in mind is to make certain that you consult with the staff when you pick your animal up and get their feedback on how they have done and perhaps what things you may have to address in their training before leaving them for another stay!
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