Tips For Your Pup's First Kennel Stay

Posted on: 28 August 2015

If your pooch usually handles travel well, you may not typically think to board him or her when you travel. Unfortunately, there may be some times when you have to go somewhere, for work or other purposes, and cannot bring your pup along. If this happens, it's in your best interest to think about finding a dog kennel for boarding. If you've never had to board your dog before, you may not know what you can expect. Here are a few tips to help you and your dog through this new process.      

Talk About Special Needs Ahead of Time

If your dog is especially timid, has a sensitive stomach or is prone to separation anxiety, make sure you tell the kennel about it in advance. In the days leading up to your trip, you may even want to make a list of any little things you think of, such as fears your dog may have or allergies that could be a concern.

If your pup is food aggressive, he or she will need to eat separately, and most kennels are experienced with these types of issues. Don't be afraid to let the kennel staff know if your pooch is possessive over food, because it's safer for everyone if they can be proactive about it.

Don't Drag Out the Transition

When you drop off your pup, make a quick exit. Don't get overly emotional, or your dog will sense the anxiety and may get nervous, too. Say a gentle, quick goodbye and hand the leash over to the kennel staff. Reassure your dog that you'll be back, and go about your way. This eases the emotional upset that can cause pups to become overly anxious and stressed.

Don't Be Surprised if Your Pup is Tired

Staying in a kennel, even a comfortable one, can leave your dog feeling a bit tired when you get home. Kennels are full of new sources of stimulation, including many other animals, smells and schedule disruptions. This can make it hard for your dog to get the same restful sleep that is typical at home. Be prepared for your pup to rest through the afternoon when you get home. The sleepiness shouldn't last more than a day or so, though. If it lasts longer than that, you'll want to visit your vet. With so many dogs in one place, your pup may have contracted a virus. 

Most dog kennels are a great option for pups when you have to travel. As long as you are comfortable with the kennel that you've selected, you can be confident that your pup will be taken care of. And, don't hesitate to call a local provider (such as Kritter's Kountry Kennel) – most kennels are willing to provide updates and info while you're away.

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