Pet daycare and separation anxiety in dogs

2 Ways To Make Your Dog’s Stay At A Kennel Easier

One of the hardest parts about going on a trip as a pet owner is having to place your dog in a kennel, mostly because the experience can often be a bit stressful for you and your dog. Listed below are two ways to make your dog’s stay at a kennel easier on him or her. Tour The Kennel With Your Dog One of the most important things that you can do before leaving your dog at a kennel is to actually take a tour of the place in order to determine if it is suitable for your dog. Many dog kennels will also allow you to bring your dog on that tour with you, which is a great way to introduce your dog to the kennel staff and to make your dog more familiar with the kennel. The more familiar the surroundings and people are to your dog, the less stressed out he or she will be when you leave him or her at the kennel.  In addition, consider taking advantage of the daycare options that many kennels offer. By letting your dog stay at the kennel and interact with other dogs while you are at work a few times before your trip, you will actually be able to make your dog look forward to going to the kennel rather than making you feel guilty by whining at you as your drop him or her off. Consider A Shared Enclosure Another way that you can make your dog’s stay at kennel easier is to consider a shared enclosure if you have multiple dogs that are being dropped off at the kennel. Not only will this option allow your dogs to keep each other company and comfort one another if needed but it will also provide a larger enclosure that will allow your dogs to have more room to move about. In addition, many kennels will actually provide you with a discounted price on the kennel fees if you are dropping off multiple dogs that can stay in a single kennel or enclosure. This option will also allow for more chances for your dogs to keep entertained as they will not be left alone in the enclosure, which means that they will be able to play together all day if they want to.  Contact a dog boarding service today in order to discuss what can be done to make your […]

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2 Things To Look For When You Are Trying To Find A Pet Day Care For Your Goldendoodle Puppy

Getting a new Goldendoodle puppy is super fun and exciting. You now have this fun playmate to interact with and you will be able to create a strong bond with them. However, along with all of the fun comes the responsibility of caring for another life. If you are going to be working some of the time, it is very important that your puppy has a safe place to go during this time. A great location to send them to is going to be a pet day care. All pet day cares aren’t the same though, so it is important that you search for one that is going to be the best fit for your puppy. This article will discuss 2 things to look for when you are trying to find a pet day care for your Goldendoodle puppy.  Puppy Training Since your puppy will likely be spending a portion of their day, several days per week, in the pet day care, it is a good idea to search for one that offers puppy training. It is so important that your puppy is trained from a young age because this will make all of the difference in the world when it comes to how they are as a pet. If you can find a day care that also offers puppy training for a portion of the time that your puppy is there, this allows you to take care of two things at one time. You will just want to be sure that you continue to work with your puppy when they are home so that they learn to respond to you as their master.  Interaction With Other Dogs And Puppies Your puppy also needs to learn how to interact well with other dogs and puppies. This will make it much easier to take your dog out in public and will also make things easier for you and your dog if you ever decide to bring another dog into the family. When looking for a pet day care, you can ask how many other puppies and dogs will be there, and how the layout is set up for interaction. Many day cares keep the puppies together in a separate area from the adult dogs as a safety precaution, at least until they are a bit bigger and it is safer from the to interact with larger dogs. This is great for […]

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Activities For Dogs At A Dog Boarding And Day Care Facility

A dog boarding and day care facility can be a great place for your dog when you cannot be with them. When selecting a dog boarding and day care facility, choose one that has lots of group and one-on-one activities. These activities can teach your dog to be obedient, play well with others, and recognize the dynamics of being in a large group. All of these activities are also great for giving your dog intense physical exercise and stimulating their mind. Here are some activities and features of a good dog boarding and dog day care facility:    Group Nature Walks – A brisk walk with other dogs in a large natural setting is great exercise and mental stimulation for your dog. Your dog will be kept on a leash and learn to walk together with other dogs and not pull or lag behind. Nature walks allow dogs to feel part of a pack and regard the staff member as the alpha human in control. Extended nature walks give your dog a chance to discover many new smells and acquaint them with unfamiliar terrain. All of these new places and smells are very exciting to your dog.   Group Play – Social activities and group play for dogs in a dog boarding and day care facility can be very beneficial. Dogs are put into groups of the same physical size, temperament, and energy level. This is excellent training for dogs that are not often with other dogs as it teaches them to be social within a friendly group. Dogs learn to relax and play with other dogs and not be afraid. Group playtime can include running together in a large grassy play area, chasing each other with tennis balls and other toys, and being guided by staff members to jump over and through obstacles in an agility training field. Catch, fetch, and frisbee, are other activities that are often included in group playtime.  Group Swim – Doggie pools offer an opportunity for your dog to cool off while playing in the refreshing water. This is especially pleasurable for your dog during hot, humid days. Tennis balls and other floating toys can give all of the swimming dogs a chance to socialize, chase, and play with each other in the pool.   One-On-One Play – When boarding your dog or taking them to doggie day care, be sure to tell the […]

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4 Ways To Reduce Stress On Your Puppy For Their First Boarding Stay

If you intend to board your puppy due to a trip you are planning away from home, you need to do your best to make sure that they will be comfortable while you’re gone. While it may be easy enough to drop your puppy off at a local boarding kennel, you can reduce the stress on them significantly by looking into what kinds of things you can do ahead of time. Get the Proper Vaccinations Ahead of Time Visiting the vet is something that most dogs do not look forward to. This can be especially true when it comes to a young puppy that is still not comfortable in the car or in new places. With this in mind, it is a good idea to take care of vaccinating your puppy well before the date of the trip. Vaccinations your puppy needs depend greatly on the specific kennel, but you can expect vaccines against kennel cough to be a necessity. Since kennel cough vaccines need to be in your puppy’s system at least 3 to 5 days before their stay, it’s important to get this taken care of in advance. Check if the Boarding Facility Offers Daycare If you’re concerned about your puppy staying at a new place and with attendees they do not know, it may be a good idea to drop them off for a short stay first. Daycare services are offered by most boarding facilities and can make a big difference in whether your puppy is comfortable while you are gone. Daycare will also allow your dog to get familiar with the facility and some of the staff that they will see regularly. Make Sure to Include Extra Care Packages Most boarding facilities offer a variety of services, such as turndown at night that includes a treat, group playtime, and even grooming. In order for your puppy to be comfortable during their stay, it’s a good idea to choose extra care services that you know your puppy will enjoy. Bring Along Some Items That Smell Like Home Another way to make sure that your puppy is comfortable while at a boarding facility is by bringing along some items that smell like home. Most boarding facilities will allow you to bring along a blanket, bed, or even a toy that your puppy is familiar with. With so many things that you can do to keep your puppy comfortable […]

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Stupid Cat Tricks: How To Handle These 3 Fur Emergencies

Some cats are adventurers, exposing their coats to hazardous or messy substances on a regular basis. If your cat manages to make contact with one of the following 3 things, immediately follow the recommended actions before calling your pet groomer: Emergency Number 1: Fiberglass insulation If your cat gets itchy, crusty, red bumps on its skin, suspect fiberglass dermatitis. This condition is serious, and should be looked at by your veterinarian, who will prescribe special treatment for the problem. If your cat shows up with fresh insulation on its coat, try to vacuum off what you can and make an appointment for the groomer to have the coat properly cleaned and conditioned. Since this type of insulation is basically spun glass, it will irritate and abrade your cat’s skin, and this gets worse with repeated exposure. Find out how the cat is accessing insulation and close up access points. If you suspect your cat is getting into other people’s insulation, it’s best to make your cat an indoor companion. Emergency Number 2: Tree sap Whether climbing a pine in your yard or exploring the Christmas tree, a cat may catch gooey globs of tree sap in its fur. This sap eventually hardens and is extremely difficult to remove without the proper products. It can also be toxic to cats, who ingest it trying to lick it away. If you can’t get to the groomer, who has special shampoos to dissolve the sap, try to loosen sap with a warm hairdryer, taking care not to set the heat too high. Some oils, and even peanut butter, can help work the sap free of the fur as well. Use a wide-toothed comb to coax the blobs of sap free, and follow up with a cat-safe shampoo. Emergency Number 3: Skunk oil If your cat decides to play chicken with a skunk and loses, your professional cat groomer will be your new best friend. If it’s after hours, try countering the extremely alkaline skunk spray with an acidic rinse of tomato juice, apple cider vinegar, or a home remedy. The good news about your cat’s stinky defeat is that it should keep the cat from poking any skunks in the future. If you have several cats, or if skunks are numerous in your area, ask your cat groomer to put together an emergency kit for you to have on hand. A professional pet groomer […]

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Pet Grooming For Your French Poodle: How To Clip The Perfect French Poodle Look

Grooming a French poodle for show or just grooming it so that other people know your dog is a French poodle is rather expensive.  A typical dog grooming involves a bath, a blow dry of the fur, a trim if it is a long hair dog breed, and trimmed nails. Shaving a dog’s fur to the skin is atypical for most breeds, but not for the French poodle. Because of the way a French poodle is supposed to look, a grooming is more expensive. If you want to save some money and get that perfect French poodle look on your poodle, you can do it yourself. Here is what you need to do. Collecting the Right Grooming Tools Together You will need clippers, a fur trimmer, a nail trimmer, and any accessories you want to add to your poodle’s look after you have clipped it. The clippers will help you get the basic shapes of the “poms” on your poodle, while the trimmer will shave the fur closer and create the perfect edges for the full coat left behind. Since French poodles have exposed toenails, the toenails need to be trimmed perfectly. Some poodle owners will also use nail polish to highlight the toes, but that is entirely optional. Clipping Your Poodle Starting with the head, shave the head, face and ears completely bare. Leave only the traditional poof of fur on the top of your dog’s head. Next, shave your poodle’s body from just behind the shoulder blades all the way to the tail. Leave the end of the tail unshaven in order to get that pom pom puff at the end. Clip the fur skin-close from the tops of the legs to just above your dog’s ankles. Then shave any fur off of the toes. Now you should have “poms” on top of your dog’s head, the tip of its tail, around all four of its ankles and it should appear to be wearing a “vest” of fur around its chest and shoulders. Trimming the Remaining Fur Watch for areas that look uneven. Use the small trimmer to create straight lines across the back and shoulders of your poodle. Trim the remaining poofs such that they are round and fluffy. Give your dog a bath to wash off loose bits of fur and then fluff with a towel and blow dryer. As the final touch, trim the nails […]

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How To Discipline Your Dog While Maintaining Trust

Most dog owners have come home to find that their furry friend did not behave well while they were away. If you’ve come home to find that the dog confused your carpet with the grass, or has brought out every piece of underwear you own and spread it all over the house, you won’t be very happy. However, how you handle the situation is key to correcting this misbehavior. This guide explains what you need to know about making your dog understand how their behavior relates to your anger or agitation. Plan Perfect Timing As frustrating as coming home to a mess of any kind is, the time to correct your dog is not when you notice what they did. Dogs do not have the ability to plan their lives as humans do. They live in the moment, so it is likely that the moment when they made the mess is long gone. Any type of correction after the misbehavior confuses the dog and they won’t know why you’re angry. Remember, that moment has already past and the dog has forgotten what they did. Instead, wait to catch the dog in the act, or just before they are about to commit the crime. Then firmly tell him or her “no” and offer a treat or words of praise if they cease the activity. Show the dog what you want it to do instead. Don’t punish the dog, because the only understanding of punishment they have is that they don’t like it. Your dog might think that if they get punished for peeing on the carpet that peeing on the furniture is okay, because they didn’t get the punishment for that yet. If you catch your dog peeing anywhere in the home, pick them up while telling them “no” and put them outside. The last thing you want to do is stick their nose in their waste. They won’t understand why you’re doing that at all. The important thing to remember is to correct and redirect your dog while they are in the act of the behavior you don’t like. Make the Dog Trust You Your dog is dependent on you and needs to trust you so they can feel secure. If you yell at your dog, or you tell them “no” too firmly, they can begin to not trust you. This is doubly true if you correct their behavior after […]

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Doggy Daycare: 3 Situations In Which You And Your Dog Can Benefit From Pet Boarding

While it is a true blessing to be an owner to a furry friend, it also has its fair share of challenges. You have to make room in your day-to-day life for your dog while also ensuring that he stays as happy as possible. You may want to spend every minute with your pup, but there is eventually a time when you have to be away from him. It is these times when a pet boarding facility (aka doggy daycare) can come in handy. Here are three reasons why you may want to consider this option: You Work Extremely Long Hours During the Week. While you may reserve your weekends to go hiking or on some other adventure with your dog, things are likely a lot more low-key Monday through Friday. Many people work about their dogs sitting at home all alone while they’re in the office, operating room, or building site working long hours. If this sounds like you, then you should consider sending your dog to daycare so that he can stay entertained while you’re working. You Have to Leave at the Last Minute. Sometimes, life throws obstacles your way and you have to make decisions at the drop of a hat. This may cause you to have to up and leave unexpectedly. Rather than spending unnecessary time that you don’t have calling all of your family and friends to dog sit, you may want to consider leaving your pup with a professional at a pet boarding facility. It’s affordable, quick, and available at the very last minute with no questions (well, maybe a few) asked. You Don’t Want Your Dog Anxious While You Are Away. Believe it or not, separation anxiety is common in pets, just as it is with young children. This can often lead to very destructive behavior, which means that by the time you arrive home, there is going to be a big mess to clean up. If you don’t want to have to deal with a mess when you get home, consider doggy daycare. Your dog will be in loving company and be in an environment where he can have a blast while learning how to become more independent. If you love your furry friend, then you want to make sure they get the best possible care. To make certain that your best friend has a great time while you’re away (and doesn’t […]

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5 Tips For Safely Boarding Your Senior Dog At A Pet Hotel

With summer right around the corner, you may have plans to be away from home for a vacation and won’t be able to bring your dog with you. If your dog is older, you’ll need to be extra careful to arrange boarding at a facility that can safely accommodate them. By knowing what you can do to make your senior dog comfortable at a dog day care facility, you won’t need to worry while you’re on vacation. Make Sure Your Dog is in Good Health The first thing you’ll want to do before booking a stay at a pet hotel for your dog is making an appointment at your trusted vet. By visiting the vet with your senior dog, you can get them a wellness exam that can help alert you of anything that may be wrong with your dog. If your dog is sick or has any health problems you weren’t aware of, it may be best to avoid using a pet hotel. Ask for Advice from Your Vet In fact, many of the tips for soothing your dog at the vet can be used while at a boarding facility too. Some examples include bringing along toys and blankets that have the scent of home on them and staying in a relaxed mood when dropping your dog off at the facility.   Choose a Boarding Kennel with Seniors in Mind When you begin to compare boarding facilities, it’s so important that you ask about their amenities related to senior dogs. A lot of people make the mistake of choosing a pet hotel without first asking if they have a quiet space for older dogs or if they have a vet on hand in the event of any medical emergencies. With these amenities secured, you can feel better knowing that your dog is in good hands while you’re gone. Provide Detailed Instructions and Contact Information While this is true for dogs of any age, you’ll need to provide the facility manager with information about any medications of health concerns and where you’ll be on your trip. With this information provided, the pet hotel can offer the best care for your senior dog. Opt for Extra Services While Boarding Most pet hotels offer a wide range of services for clients, including grooming, walks, and playtime with other dogs. While it’s important to consider what kind of care your dog specifically needs, […]

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