5 Strategies for Helping Your Dog Relax Before Boarding

Leaving your beloved canine companion in a dog boarding facility for the first time can be an emotionally challenging experience, both for you and your dog. To ensure a smooth and relaxing transition, consider implementing the following strategies to help your furry friend relax before boarding.

Introduce Your Dog Gradually

If your dog is not accustomed to boarding, ease them into the process. Remember, this is a new environment with different smells and sounds. The more they get used to it, the better!

Consider short visits or day trips to the facility before the longer stay. These gradual introductions can help your dog become familiar with the environment and the friendly staff.

Pack Their Favorite Comfort Items 

Maybe your dog has a favorite plush toy, bed, or blankie. Whatever comforts your dog at home, it’s a good idea to bring it along for their boarding stay. The familiarity and smell of home can help ease any jitters.

Get in Plenty of Play Time

Engage in a lively play session or a long walk before taking your dog to the boarding facility. This can help them expend excess energy and arrive at the facility in a more relaxed state of mind.

It’s also a good opportunity for the two of you to spend some quality time together before you depart on your trip.

Offer Positive Reinforcement

Use positive reinforcement techniques during the boarding process. This can be in the form of treats and praise when your dog displays calm and relaxed behavior, creating positive associations with the facility.

Stick to Your  Routine

Try to keep your dog’s walking and feeding schedule on point, up until it’s time to board. Talk with the boarding facility to see what the daily activity schedule is like and if they can accommodate your dog’s schedule in any way.

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