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Tips to Ease the Stress of Boarding

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Dog kennels in Marin County are a godsend for busy dog parents. Dog daycare facilities have trained staff and recreational areas where dogs can socialize and unleash their playfulness. Reputable facilities go above and beyond for their guests. Oftentimes this includes having salons and spas where dogs are given warm, relaxing baths. Despite these facilities and regardless of how nice the environment of your preferred pet care facility may be, being in a new environment can be a stressful experience for your pooch. Dogs thrive on routines. When you sign your pooch up for doggy daycare, it will have to adapt to the new environment and routine. This change can cause stress. Here are some tips to make boarding less stressful for your furry friend. Condition Your Furry friend to a Crate If your dog is used to roaming free in your house, being locked in a kennel can stress...
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How to Desensitize Your Dog to Loud City Noises

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Dogs are able to hear a wide range of sounds and are extremely sensitive to loud noises. When a dog is exposed to loud noises, it may try to run away and get lost or injure itself in the process. Some noise phobia in dogs can be caused by thunderstorms, firecrackers, and vehicle horns. Loud noises are also known to trigger anxiety in dogs. The noise and unpredictability of fireworks and thunder can make your furry friend perceive them as a threat, triggering their fight-or-flight response. A dog can develop an excessive fear or phobia towards a noise linked with an unpleasant event. If you have recently adopted a dog that was born in a suburb, you need to come up with a plan to desensitize it to loud city noises. Here are some tips to help acclimate your dog to loud city noises from Bridewell Hilltop, premier dog boarding...
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How To Stop Dog’s Bad Behavior

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Dogs are just like kids. They need love, affection, and mental and physical stimulation. A neglected dog, just like a neglected child, can develop behavior problems, such as barking or whining, chewing, separation anxiety, and leash pulling. The first step to stopping bad dog behavior is determining the root cause. Many behavior problems can be caused by medical conditions. Once you discover why your dog is acting out, follow these tips, suggested by dog boarding facilities in San Rafael, to correct bad behavior. Prevention If you determine what triggers your dog’s bad behavior, you can remove the stimuli or train your dog to ignore it. If, for instance, the sound of the doorbell triggers barking, remove it or teach and reward an alternative behavior, such as sitting on a nearby mat and waiting patiently for someone to open the door. If your dog begs, stop giving it table scraps. To...
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Can Dog Daycare Help Dogs with Separation Anxiety

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Separation anxiety is one of the most common behavioral problems affecting dogs. Dogs with separation anxiety exhibit distress and destructive behavior. A dog with separation anxiety might urinate, bark, howl, defecate, chew, dig, or try to escape when left alone. Some dogs with separation anxiety become agitated when their owners prepare to leave. What Causes Dog Separation Anxiety Dog separation anxiety can be caused by certain events or environmental changes. Some dogs are genetically predisposed to separation anxiety. Separation anxiety in a dog can result from multiple factors such as a sudden change in its or the owner’s routine. A dog that has spent years in a shelter can become extremely agitated or upset when its owner leaves it alone. Dogs that haven’t been socialized do not have skills to deal with new people and situations, and develop separation anxiety. Dog Separation Anxiety is a Serious Issue A dog with...
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How Long Does It Take for A Dog to Adapt to A New Home?

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Moving with a dog can be tricky. Dogs are territorial and become attached to their homes and surroundings. A house move will disrupt your dog’s daily routine, forcing it to step out of its comfort zone. Your furry friend may get stressed and anxious in the new environment. The good news is that dogs are extremely adaptable. Depending on your dog’s temperament, it can take a few days to several weeks for it to settle in the new environment. Here are some tips to help your pooch adjust to a new home from one of the premier pet boarding facilities in Marin County, Bridewell Hilltop Kennels. Keep a Routine Dogs are creatures of habits. Keeping your dog on a daily routine can help with behavior and training. A routine lets your canine know what to expect everyday and when to expect it. Though this may be difficult, it’s important to...
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4 Tips On Improving Your Dog’s Relationship with Children

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There is a general belief that dogs get along well with kids. There are many videos of dogs and kids goofing around on YouTube and social networking sites. However, not all dogs are the same. Some may require special training before interacting with a child. Here are some ways to train your dog to be kid-friendly. Make Sure It Knows a Few Basic Commands Dogs are inquisitive creatures. When introduced to a new person, a dog will try to get too close to sniff the person or get over-excited and jump on them. Before introducing your dog to a child, make sure it understands a few basic commands such as sit, heel, down, and stay so that it knows its boundaries. The better a dog knows basic commands, the easier it will be to interact with people around it, including kids. As an added tip, have you children help with...
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Why Send Your Puppy to Daycare?

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Your dog loves you more than anything. They get sad and anxious when you leave them alone at home. To ensure your furry friend is loved and cared for when you are not around, consider dropping them off at a dog boarding in Marin on your way to work or before going out of town. Dog boarding facilities employ passionate dog lovers who go out of their way to make dogs feel loved. Most dog boarding facilities include activities like play areas, dog grooming areas, and boarding kennels. Here are some reasons why you must seriously consider using a dog daycare. Exercise and Socialization Every dog needs regular exercise. Exercise aids bowel function and increases flexibility, endurance, and strength around the joints. Dog daycares usually have acres of land where their guests can play and roam freely. While many daycares have a set playtime and playgroups, others provide dogs access...
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How to Keep Your Dog Cool When It’s Hot Outside

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Summer can be a testing time not just for us humans, but dogs as well. Unlike humans, dogs cannot sweat as well. While humans can also suffer heatstroke in summer, the risk is much greater for dogs. They are also at higher risk for dehydration, footpad burns, and sunburns. Here are some tips to keep your dog cool when the mercury starts rising from Bridewell Hilltop, premier pet boarding in San Rafael. Avoid Taking Them Out at the Hottest Times of the Day Avoid walking your furry friend during early and mid-afternoon. If your four-legged friend gets restless, engage it in a game of dog memory or dog dominos. The best time to walk a dog is early morning and late evening when the sun is not as unrelenting. This could mean waking up earlier and changing other habits, but it will be less inconvenient than taking a trip to...
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