Will Boarding My Dog At A Kennel Stress Him Out?

Heading out on a vacation or business trip? Thinking of leaving your pup at Dog Days of California, but worried about the effect that leaving your dog at a kennel may have on him?

In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about stress when boarding a dog at a kennel – and steps you can take to keep your pup safe, happy and secure while they’re at a kennel. Let’s get started.

Boarding Can Be Stressful, Just Like Any New Environment

When he first goes to a new kennel, your dog may be a little stressed out. That’s normal. Over time, your pup will adjust to his new environment and feel much more comfortable among other dogs and people.

In fact, boarding is often less stressful than leaving your dog at home alone with only periodic check-ins from a friend or family member – and it’s definitely less stressful than bringing your dog on a road trip or on a long flight.

 

Tips For Minimizing Stress While Boarding Your Dog At A Kennel

Want to make sure your dog has a great boarding experience? Here are some quick tips.

  • Choose the right facility – Choose a highly-rated local facility that is reputable and well-known in your area, and has attentive, knowledgeable, dog-loving staff members.

  • Tell the staff about your dog’s needs – All dogs are different, so tell the staff about any unique needs your pup has, including allergies, play requirements, and so on.

  • Bring familiar toys & other equipment – Familiar toys, dog beds and other such things that smell like you and your home can help comfort your pup, and make them feel more “at home” while being boarded.

What If My Dog Is Not Social?

Most kennels and boarding facilities can make accommodations for dogs that don’t get along with other dogs. For example, Dog Days of California has a “Lone Wolf” program that allows your dog to stay in a private room, play and walk by himself, and more.

 

Know How To Minimize Stress When Boarding Your Dog!

As long as you follow the tips above, choose a reputable facility, and take steps to tell the staff about your dog’s special needs, your pup is sure to be safe and sound while he is boarded in a kennel. Need to board your dog in Oceanside or the surrounding areas? Contact Dog Days of California now to get started.

Is It Ever Too Late To Start Training A Dog?

No matter how many times you hear it, you can teach a dog new tricks! Dogs are incredibly intelligent creatures, and with the right technique (and some amount of patience), dogs can be properly trained regardless if they’re under 1 year old or reaching the age of 10.

It’s really the same as with humans: some things are easier to teach kids than adults, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s impossible to learn anything once you get older. However, there are some things you should know about the process.

 

What Does Training a Dog Involve?

Whether you’re getting an older pup from a shelter, or want to correct some behaviors that have developed over the years of your family pet, training a dog isn’t an easy process. When dogs get older, the overall course of the training can take longer, may require more effort, but sometimes it’s not the age of the pup that influences it.

It can also be the type of training you need. In general terms, they can be:

  • Basic commands or tricks. In other words, teaching your dog how to listen to you, and respond;
  • Socialization skills, which is incredibly important if the dog will be recurrently exposed to busy environments where there are lots of people, or lots of other dogs;
  • Changing something in their behavior that may cause them or you harm. For instance, many pups can get too aggressive while they play without realizing it. They’re just excited to spend time with you, but if you’re not careful you can get hurt.

 

Do You Have to Train Your Dog?

If you’ve had the pup for a while now, you’ve already trained it without realizing it. Or, more specifically, it picked up on some of your cues (that you may not even be given consciously) and reacts to them. Dogs actually do process the meaning of words, so they understand their names, and small cues like “no, ” “yes” or the wonderful “do you want to go outside?”

Training your dog can be quite beneficial both for you and the pup, especially if there is a behavior that needs modification for safety reasons. Plus, it creates a better bond between you and the dog, and who doesn’t want that?

 

Over to You

Do you have an older pup that needs some training? We can help! Contact Dog Dayz California right now for more information about our services.