Maybe you don’t want to do it, but there may come a time in your life when you have to leave a family member behind when you leave New Braunfels for an extended period. If that ever were to happen, the only option might be to board your furry family members in dog kennels. It can be stressful and nerve-wracking to have to leave them in the hands of a stranger while you’re out of town and unable to cater to their needs. Your dogs may have trouble with the change as well, since they don’t know what’s going on and why you’re not taking them with you. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to get them ready for a stay at the doggy hotel.
Bring Them For Some Recon
Before you leave them at a strange place, why not bring them by to check out the dog kennels beforehand? Your pup can take a look around and get used to the sounds and smells of the surroundings. Your dog can also meet the staff and trainers of the kennel, so they can get used to their smell and demeanour as well. That way, when you bring them back for their stay they’ll have some familiarity with the dog kennels.
Give them a good workout
Exercise is a dog and an owner’s best friend. When there’s been a recent dog adoption of a new pet, exercise is a way to help train your new addition as well as form a bond between pup and owner. It’s also very beneficial for alleviating stress. A tired dog is less susceptible to anxiety and other problems because they’re simply too tired. Give your dog a good walk and some playtime before hopping in the car, and they’ll be much better off when you drop them off.
Provide a Taste of Home
Dogs can get homesick just like people can. Provide them with little trinkets from home to give them little reminders of their happy place. A few favorite toys will do. Some owners have been known to send their dogs with a piece of clothing. That way the dog has the smell of their owner or of the home at all times. With dog adoption, there is an attempt at a clean break from the past life, but with boarding, you can always keep that lifeline to home alive.
Boarding your pup can be extremely stressful, but if it’s done properly, most of that stress will be with the owner, and not the dog. Keep your dog relaxed with these tips.