There are many things a dog owner can do to get their dog ready for to go stay at a boarding facility. Even in a cage free boarding kennel, preparing the dog ahead of time is important and could be the difference between the dog having a great time, and being scared and depressed that their owner is gone.
When you decide to bring you dog to a cage free boarding kennel, because of the innovative concept, it’s not as simple as just dropping the dog off and going. This is never a good idea regardless of where you board you dog, but in a cage free setting, the staff needs to make sure that your dog is a good match for this type of boarding facility. They screen all their boarders to make sure they fit well.
When you find a cage free boarding kennel you want to board your dog with, make an appointment for the screening a few weeks in advance of your trip. This will also be a tour for you to see the entire facility, meet the staff and see how things are run. Bring your dog so they can screen him and also so he can see the surroundings. This gives you the chance to see how the staff will interact with your dog and vice versa, which is very important.
Pay attention to how your dog acts with the staff and other dogs and how they handle him and interact with him. Watch the faces of the staff because you can tell a lot about how they feel about their job and animals by seeing if the enjoyment of being around the dogs is something heartfelt. It is important for the staff at the kennel to truly love dogs, because otherwise, they will just be going through the motions, and your dog will sense that.
Hopefully during your tour, your dog will be able to see everything he will have access to during his stay; the indoor areas as well as the outdoor areas. Find out the routines the kennel has there, and over the next few weeks, consider gradually altering your dog’s routine so it matches and won’t upset them when you leave.
When your trip is confirmed, be sure to take your dog to the cage free doggie daycare for a few days (for the day only) closer to the time you will be leaving. This will get your dog used to the staff, the property and the other dogs and they will expect to go there. In fact you may find that your dog is excited to go for rides because he will be going to his home away from home.
Doing these things to help your dog become acclimated to his new temporary surroundings may sound troublesome, but it will go a long way towards making both your vacation and your dog’s stay stress free, fun, and happy for both of you. You won’t be worried that your pet is not eating, sad or depressed, and since your pet will be in familiar surroundings they will be relaxed and happy.
It’s not overkill to make sure your dog feels comfortable and safe at a facility while you are away. A week is a long time, and since dogs have no way to tell time, it can feel like an eternity to them if they are in a place where they are scared, alone and confined. Cage free boarding kennels are a way to give your dog the best mini vacation possible while you take yours. It’s well worth the time invested to make sure the transition is smooth.
If you’re like me you are always worried when sending your dog to the kennels. You should check out the Loved Dog’s Cage Free Dog Boarding facility. It’s truly one of a kind.