Keep Calm and Kennel On: The 4 'E's of Boarding Your Anxious Dog

Does your dog cling to you like Velcro? Does he wreak havoc when you're away from home? You're not alone - separation anxiety affects an estimated 14-35% of dogs, and it can quickly turn your relaxing holiday into a stressful nightmare.

When leaving your pooch with a friend or family member isn't an option, don't get as stressed about boarding kennels as your dog is. Even the most fearful and tense pooches can have a great holiday of their own with the right planning and consideration. Remember the following 4 'E's of boarding separation-anxious dogs to ensure that you and your dog both enjoy a calm and carefree kennel experience at a place like Dogdayz Country Club.

'E' is for Environment

Not all boarding kennels were created equal, so it's important to find one with the right environment for a dog with separation anxiety. Aside from the typical factors like cleanliness and safety, make sure you look out for overcrowding. A small, intimate kennel may seem like a great option for a nervous dog, but it won't be so great if it's filled to the brim with other animals. Try to find a kennel with plenty of space and plenty of staff to ensure your dog gets adequate alone-time and people-time.

'E' is for Essence

Just like humans, most dogs feel more comfortable around their belongings. Send a little essence of home to the kennel in the form of your dog's bowls, food, toys and bed. You'll be creating a little bubble of familiarity in an unfamiliar environment, giving your dog a safe place to retreat to if he's scared. If you have a particularly anxious dog, try packing him a blanket or t-shirt that smells like you.

'E' is for Enrichment

Dog enrichment comes in 2 main forms: exercise and play. Enrichment activities will keep your dog's mind off his home and family, lowering his stress levels. Try to find a kennel that will take your dog for several walks a day and offer plenty of time to play with toys. A few belly rubs probably won't go amiss either!

'E' is for Expressing

The most useful 'E' is more for you than your dog: express yourself! Keep the kennel staff clued in on your dog's condition in advance. Good kennels will have plenty of experience with separation anxiety, often providing their own suggestions on how to make your dog's holiday a pleasant one. More importantly, you'll gain essential peace of mind knowing that your dog is in the care of people who know him almost as well as you do.

About Me

Pet Boarding for Small Puppies and Kittens:

If you have a small puppy or kitten, you know how fun they are to watch. However, you also know how easy it is to worry about them, especially if you have to go out of town. Hi, my name is Holly, and I have always had dogs. However, as I typically have adopted senior dogs, I just had my first experience owning a puppy a couple of years ago. When I had to travel for business, I took him to a pet boarding place. At first I was scared, but it all went fine. If you need to board a puppy or a kitten, don't worry. They will be fine, especially if you check out the tips in my blog. Thanks for reading!

Latest Posts

2 December 2015
Like many Australian families, you may have your beloved cat booked into a cattery while you are away on your summer holidays. For many cats, this isn

16 October 2015
While your cat may have a great relationship with you, it may not behave so well around other people or cats. Some cats are shy or aggressive around s

15 October 2015
Does your dog cling to you like Velcro? Does he wreak havoc when you're away from home? You're not alone - separation anxiety affects an estimated 14-