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Anxiety in Dogs: What You Need to Know
July 4, 2017
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NaturPet’s Kennel Stay Guide

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Whether it’s for the day or a week, kennel stays can be a lot of fun for some dogs! There are some dogs though, that find kennels to be terrifying. Here is a quick guide on what to expect and how to prepare for your pups first visit.

 

Finding the Right Kennel for Your Dog

How do you choose the right kennel for you and your dog? Simple. Start by calling a few in your local area and see if they are available for the dates you need. If your dog is a puppy, large breed or needs medication, make sure to ask if the kennel. Some kennels are not able to care of these types of dogs. Most kennels do not accept aggressive dogs.

The next step is to visit with or without your dog. Make note about the security of the facility, (no holes in fences or ways for dogs to escape) any safety concerns, (solid dividers between sleeping areas) how well are the dogs supervised, the cleanliness of the facility, and if water readily available to the dogs. Another good thing to observe is watching staff members interact not only with the dogs but with each other. At this time they may do an evaluation of your dog to ensure it is a good fit for them as well. Be sure to ask any questions or concerns you have. After all, you want what’s best for your pup!

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What To Expect on the First Boarding or Daycare Experience

Drop off may not go as planned. If your dog suffers from separation anxiety, let the kennel staff know ahead of time. NaturPet’s Home Alone is perfect for anxious or over-excited pets. Home Alone can be taken during kennel stays to help calm the nerves. When dropping off, be sure not to make your farewell dramatic, this will increase your dogs anxieties. Just a quick “Be a good dog” and “Mommy (or Daddy) loves you” and go. Quick and painless. The longer you stay, the more anxious puppers can get.

Daycare

If your dog is there just for the day, make sure to bring their lunch or a snack if staying for the whole day. Generally there is quiet time/nap time during lunch then it’s right back to play time! They will be so tired but so happy to come home. The car ride home they will tell you about their new friends and what they did that day!

 

Boarding

If your dog is staying for a few nights while you are out of town. Make sure they have all their food they need for the time spent at the kennel. To make them feel more at home, bring along their favourite toy or blanket. They are going to miss you dearly but having a little something that reminds them of home will help them through the stay. Don’t be too sad that your pup isn’t with you. Just know they are having so much fun with all their new friends they may not want to leave!

 

At the time of pick up, some daycare’s have report cards they give out about how well your doggo did today. If they ate their food, made new friends, pooped, all that good stuff. Ask at pick up are how they did if the daycare doesn’t have report cards. Once a dog is home, they may act a bit differently. They might be just tired from a long day of playing but if it seems off, call the daycare to discuss their day further.

 

Helpful Tips

Make sure to make reservations as soon as possible. The longer you leave it, the less likely of getting puppers in.

Use Home Alone a few days before a kennel stay for anxious pets. this will better prepare them for the stay. Home Alone is safe to use long term for high strung breeds or extremely anxious pets.

Has your dog had all of their shots? Dogs must be up to date on their shots before staying at a kennel. This protects all the dogs from Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus or Adenovirus (Canine Hepatitis) to name a few.

 

We hope this guide has been helpful and for even more content on the subject visit PetMD.com.

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