Get Ready for Your Trip — What is Boarding for Dogs?

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There are pros and cons to every situation, so its important to weigh your options properly if you’re going to board your dog. We’ve compiled the most common positives and negatives that come with boarding your dog for your consideration.

Positives:

  • You don’t have anyone you don’t know coming into your house.

  • Your dog is being monitoring in a trustworthy location with professionals monitoring your dog. This is their business and they hopefully will know what they are doing.

However:

  • A kennel is convenient but it is important to find a facility that you trust. Not all of these are “great.” Find one with a good reputation. Some dogs don’t get the play and attention they desire. Extra walks and play time can be optional “add-on” to your base fee. Consider those features.

  • Many dogs are more stressed at kennels than they are by staying in their own environment.

  • Some dogs are fed or given different food which can lead to gastrointestinal upsets such as vomiting or diarrhea. This seems to be worse with the addition of “stress.”

  • It is possible for some dogs to acquire infectious diseases such as kennel coughwhile boarding. The combination of lots of dogs in a small area and stress can induce a viral infection in some dogs (this is similar to lots of kids in kindergarten passing around a common cold). To minimize this risk, make sure your dog is current on all vaccinations.

Dogs are social animals that form strong bonds with people, so it is not surprising that they may feel somewhat anxious when separated from their social group. Most dogs adapt well to the typical daily separation from their owners. Unfortunately, problems can arise when an overly dependent dog develops a dysfunctional and strong attachment to the owners. The dog with separation anxiety is distinguished by signs of distress when left alone and over-attachment when the owner is present.

The onset of separation anxiety sometimes occurs after the dog is exposed to an experience that disrupts its social bond. This can occur when owners board the dog for vacation or change their work schedule. It may also occur when a household member leaves or dies, or when the dog is relocated to a new house or household.

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