Dogs experience stress in some of the same ways that humans do. Being an in unfamiliar place, meeting unfamiliar faces, and sleeping away from your bed are all things that can cause stress. When you board your dog when you’re away, they could be facing all these same stressful situations at once! So what can you do to minimize their stress while they stay with us, and what do we do to minimize their stress?
What you can do:
Have them come for a half day of daycare
Make our pet resort familiar to them by bringing them by for a half or full day of day care! Especially if you are going to be gone for a longer period of time, a short day visit will help when you leave them for your trip. They’ll be familiar with our staff, facility, and our daily schedule, so it will be less of a shock.
Pack their meals
Familiar foods in an unfamiliar place helps immensely! They’re going to be more likely to eat what they usually do, when they’re here with us. It also helps with tummy troubles that can come from switching foods. If you forget or would like for them to try out our house food, we always have some available.
Pick the right accommodations
If your pup tends to be more of a nervous nelly, then picking out a luxury suite may be the better option. they’re more like the accommodations that they’re used to at home. Secluded, ultra comfortable, and quiet, our luxury suites are an ideal choice for those who need seclusion.
Keep yourself relaxed
Just like children react off of the energy of their parents, dogs are the same way. If you’re not a cool customer and relaxed, then they’re sure to be nervous themselves. Instead, act like you’ve done this a thousand times before and stand confidently.
Pack some special treats
No matter the preparation, being away from mom and pop can be hard. Bringing them some special treats like pigs ears or smaller treats can be a great way for your pup to pass the time and gives them another thing to look forward to everyday (in addition to all the play time and love from our staff!) If you didn’t pick up any treats, we have peanut butter Kongs to treat your baby with.
What we do
Go slow With Those Who Are A Little Unsure
Taking our time and going slow for the dogs that are skittish or a little nervous is the easiest way to put their minds at ease and open them up for the fun time they’re going to have with us. We talk soothingly to them, telling them that they’re doing a good job, and pet them when they’re ready. Not rushing is the best way to build lasting trust and a strong friendship between us and your dog.
Careful About Who Plays With Who
We love our play groups! Socializing and having your dog meet others is one of the best parts about boarding. Even those that seem nervous at first usually warm up to the group and have a great time with us. However, we’re very careful about who gets to play in the group. No dogs that are aggressive or are intact are allowed. We also have time out periods for those that need a cool down period if they’re getting too rambunctious. This ensure a safe and fun environment for all personality types.
Confident, Trained Staff
Just like your baby feeds off of your energy, they also feed off of our staffs energy! Our trained, competent, and friendly staff ensures that your baby is always well taken care of and in good hands.
The guests staying with us get so much play time, that our facility is quieter than others, especially in our luxury suite area. Our loving staff is always there to offer the reassuring touch or voice to those who are having a hard time relaxing.
Why is my dog so tried after boarding?
When you pick up your dog from us, especially if they are social and playing in play groups, they are most likely going to be tired once you get home.
This is from all the playing! Most of the dogs get a lot more exercise, and play a lot harder than what they are used to at home. Meeting lots of new friends, and running and jumping can be a lot of work!
Just like how you’re tired coming home from an adventurous vacation, your dog will also be tired coming home from their vacation with us!
Some dogs are also more prone to stress than others. And while we keep the standard boarding area as calm and relaxed as possible, if your dog tends to be sensitive, picking out a luxury suite might be a better fit for them.