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How to help your dog have a positive boarding experience.

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How to help your dog have a positive boarding experience.

Many dog owners have feelings of guilt when they send their dog to a boarding facility while they are traveling, even if it is for only a few days. It is completely understandable and very normal to feel this way – after all, your dog is a part of the family and you might have visions of your dog sitting in a kennel all day with nothing to do. Don’t worry – there are things you can do for your dog to make their stay more enjoyable. Most boarding facilities offer services that can give your dog plenty of things to do… in some cases even more activity than they normally would have at home!

Here are some suggestions to make your dog’s stay more enjoyable:

  • Doggy Daycare with boarding. Let’s say that you are going to be gone for a week… you can choose to have your dog play all day long with other dogs two or three days during the stay.  This will provide the maximum amount of stimulus and activity during the stay.  Be aware that in order to participate in doggy daycare your dog will have to pass an evaluation to make sure that it is safe to play with other dogs.
  • Guided Walks. Perhaps your dog is not a good fit for daycare… no worries, a guided walk for 20 minutes is the next best thing! This allows for your dog to get out and get some exercise and stimulation. Many pet parents choose this option once a day.
  • 1 on 1 time with a human. Again, this option is best if your dog is not a good fit for daycare. Allowing your dog to get some time to play games or cuddle with a human will help them get through their stay.
  • Enrichment treats. Not just a treat, but a treat that requires some work to enjoy, like a frozen kong with peanut butter inside, will give your dog something to do while in their suite at night.  It is important to make sure that your dog is not allergic to treats or ingredients in those items to avoid a bad result.

Your dog’s stay at a boarding facility can be a very enjoyable experience simply by taking advantage of services that will enhance the experience and leave your dog excited for future visits.