Tips For Boarding a Dog with Separation Anxiety
Leaving your pet behind when you go on vacation can be stressful for both of you, but ensuring your pet is comfortable with being left alone before boarding is essential. If your dog suffers from separation anxiety, boarding can be a real challenge. Dogs with separation anxiety exhibit a wide range of behaviors, including barking, whining, pacing, salivating, and urinating or defecating in inappropriate places. In some cases, dogs with anxiety may even become destructive.
Before you bring your dog to the boarding facility, it's essential to ensure that they have all the necessary paperwork. It's also a good idea to check their policies and procedures and their reviews by previous renters. It would be best if you always did this before booking a stay at any location. Additionally, it's worth considering how close your chosen place is to home or work (if applicable), as well as its amenities, such as play areas for dogs and cats alike. Lastly, be sure to talk to your veterinarian about any medications or supplements that may help.
The Boarding Process
Now that you're prepared, it's time to board your dog. Here are some tips:
First, try to find a kennel that is quiet and stress-free. Dogs with separation anxiety can become agitated in noisy environments. You should also bring your dog's favorite toy or blanket to the kennel to help calm him down.
Discuss your dog's needs with the staff at the kennel and provide as much information as possible about their behavior. Be sure to bring your pet's food, bedding, toys, and other items to help them feel comfortable.
Make sure the staff have experience with dogs with anxiety issues and know how to help them feel comfortable while away from home. Ask if any particular exercises or procedures may help during the process. For example, some facilities offer "down" time in their playroom for dogs who need an opportunity for relaxation between grooming appointments.
Finally, make sure you give your dog a lot of love and attention before you leave. This will help ease his transition into boarding and remind him that you'll be back soon.
Once your fur baby is settled in at the boarding facility, it is essential to check in with the kennel often. Be sure to call the kennel and ask how they are doing. If you have any concerns, voice them, so your dog receives the best care at the facility.
If you've ever boarded a dog, you know that the whole experience can be stressful for everyone involved. It can be incredibly stressful for dogs with anxiety issues. But if you prepare ahead of time and follow these tips for boarding a dog with anxiety, even the most anxious dogs can enjoy their boarding experience without incident.
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