When I found out that I would be traveling extensively for work, I realized that I needed to do something about my pets. I was concerned about them being home alone or staying with a neighbor since I needed to provide for them like I normally would. Unfortunately, because I would be in business meetings all day, I knew that I couldn't take them along for the ride. I decided to start searching for pet day care centers, and I was able to find a boarding business that offered top-notch care to pets. This article is all about improving your pet's experience.
If you are going to be traveling for your job in the near future, and you have a dog that you care for at home, chances are you will want to find a reliable person to watch them while you are away. Many find that bringing their pet to a boarding facility is a great alternative over bringing someone into the home to be with a dog. If your dog never had this experience in the past, try some of the following tips to prepare them so they are less anxious when you leave them at a boarding establishment.
Increase Your Dog's Time With People
Before your trip, it is a good idea to increase the amount of people your dog comes into contact with. This will make them less likely to be frightened of the boarding facility workers. Invite coworkers or friends over for dinner or a game night. Make sure they pay attention to your dog during their stay. Bring your dog out on the road with you to do some errands. Walks around town are likely to include some banter with others out and about. Your dog will get used to voices of others, making it easier for them to be calm when they hear people talking within the boarding facility.
Incorporate Interactions With Other Pets
In addition to time with other people, time with other pets will be helpful for your dog's upcoming experience. Bring your pet to a dog park to romp around with other dogs for a bit. Ask friends and neighbors to meet you with their own dogs for a walk with yours. These interactions will make the trip to the boarding facility much easier as there will likely be some barking and whimpering from other pets staying in the establishment. This time with other dogs will also prepare them for social time at the boarding facility.
Visit The Facility Beforehand
Take trips to the facility with your dog before their big stay. Sign up for a dog obedience class on the premises or see if there is a groomer available for hire to outside participants. These trips to the facility will get your pet used to some of the staff they will be seeing during their stay.
Pack Some Comforts From Home
In the days before you are to go away, give your pet dog treats when they exude positive behavior. It is a good idea to stick with one type of snack that you know your dog loves. Pack these snacks to bring to the boarding facility. Ask workers to give your pet this particular type of snack if they seem down, as it will be comforting since they had it in the past. Bring along some toys and bedding from home to add familiarity to your dog's quarters as well.
Also, don't forget to visit a vet at a clinic like Ark Veterinary Hospital to get your dog up to date on his shots before boarding him.