Trusting a dog boarding facility with your furry friend can be stressful enough as it is, but when you know your pup suffers from separation anxiety, it can add a layer (or several) of stress. Luckily, the puppy pros at Perfect Pooch have come up with four helpful tips on how to board a dog with separation anxiety, so you can board your dog without having anxiety of your own!
Tackle Behavioral Issues With Coping Techniques
Just like you have to train a dog to sit down, lie down or come on command, training them how to cope with separation anxiety can be helpful when it comes time for their boarding. To start, leave your furry friend for short periods of time. If you notice their anxiety slightly decrease, try increasing the time you leave by small increments.
Preview the Premises Before Picking a Facility
Before you choose your dog boarding facility, try to dig up some time to go visit in person. While you’re there, take note of the facility’s staff members, amenities, play spaces and other dogs that are there. It may also be helpful to talk to a staff member about your dog’s anxiety issues—their answers may help you decide if you would trust them to take care of your dog’s needs or not.
Provide Your Pooch With Precious Pieces From Home
When a dog suffers from separation anxiety, being surrounded by things that look and smell like their home can drastically help relieve their stress. As you’re packing them up for their boarding reservation, be sure to pack your doggy’s dog bed, favorite toys and food and drink bowls. In severe separation anxiety situations, sending your pup with a shirt, blanket or pillow case that smells like you can also be helpful.
Opt for a Facility That Offers Fun Activities
Decreasing separation anxiety for your pup will be easier if the facility you choose is equipped with indoor and outdoor yard spaces, as well as activities, so your dog has plenty of room to run around and have fun in. Not only will this help them release their nervous energy, but it also enables them to socialize with other dogs and tire themselves out, so they are not kept awake by their anxiety.
Whether you’re going on a day trip, will be out of town for a long weekend or are planning a vacation, the team at Perfect Pooch will take care of your pup and all your pet boarding needs! Contact us today to reserve your dog’s spot in our dog boarding facility.