Dogs are comfortable around familiar faces. Many dogs become stressed when placed in a new, uncommon environment. If you plan to leave your dog at a dog boarding kennel near you for the first time, make sure you first prepare it.
No matter how many times you have placed your dog in someone else’s care, they could become anxious or nervous when you board them for the first time. Proper training can help minimize adverse reactions and emotions.
Here are some tips to prepare your pup for boarding.
Crate-Train Your Pooch
Doggy daycares have private accommodations for their guests. This type of setup is very familiar to being in a crate. To ensure your dog can adjust to its new environment, crate train it before boarding.
Many dog owners crate train their dogs from a young age. If you have previously crate trained your dog, you may need to refresh your pup’s memory. Follow these steps to crate train your dog.
➢ Introduce them to the crate. Encourage your dog to enter the crate by dropping treats near the door, at the door, and then finally inside the crate. Do not force your dog to do anything. Be patient as they may be wary of the crate. Continue tossing in treats until your pup walks calmly into the crate.
➢Once you have successfully introduced your dog to their crate, begin feeding the regular meals to create a positive association with the crate. If they easily enters the crate, put the food dish further inside. If they are reluctant to enter the crate, put the dish as far inside as they readily goes. Every time you feed them, place the dish a little further.
➢ Condition your pup. Sit near the crate for 5-10 minutes and then go to the next room for a few minutes. Return, sit quietly near the crate for 5-10 minutes before letting your pooch out of the crate. Repeat the process several times a day. Gradually increase the length of time you leave them inside the crate. Once your furry friend adjusts to the new environment, you can start leaving them in a crate for a short time.
Socialize Your Pooch
Before boarding your dog:
- Make sure they have the necessary skills to get along with other dogs and humans with different personalities.
- Hire a trainer to train your dog or attend puppy and dog socialization classes with them.
- Take your furry friend to a dog park where he or she could interact with other dogs.
Make Sure Your Dog Is Ok With You Leaving
Build an uncomplicated farewell routine. Give your pooch a gentle pat on their head or a tickle behind the ears before leaving. Do not look back when leaving. Perform this routine when you leave them at a kennel.
Bridewell Hilltop Boarding Kennels is a top-rated pet boarding facility in Novato. We are a team of passionate animal lovers. We will go the extra mile, if required, to ensure your dog has a comfortable stay. For more information, contact us at (415) 897-5471.