Dogs, like their people friends, have their own preferences and unique personalities. Because you are the love of his life and the center of his world, your buddy misses you when you have to go away for extended amounts of time. Taking a visit to a boarding facility may mean a case of the doggy blues for Max. There are always alternatives to being boarded, and it's important to keep in mind your dog's personality before setting him up for a trip to the doggy hotel.
While you may think of many dogs as being ultra-friendly and having a ball around new people and other animals, some dogs have more of an introverted personality. Others may wag their tails with delight upon stepping into the veterinary office or doggy daycare facility where they will spend the next few days. Even though your dog may be outgoing and jump with zeal when he gets to be around new people and make new doggy friends, the surroundings of the place will have a lot to do with your buddy's overall comfort level.
Before boarding your precious buddy, it's important to do your research and find out as much information as possible about how Max will be spending his days while you're out of town. Boarding facilities can be very noisy places with many dogs barking up a storm. This can be due to anxiety or excitement. Before scheduling a time to board your precious pooch, request a tour of the facilities and see where he will be spending the majority of his time. Will it be in a small, cramped cage, or will he have enough room to walk around comfortably? These are important details that you don't want to overlook.
A responsible boarding facility will make sure that all pet guests will be up to date on vaccines and will have received a clean bill of health before staying over. However, it's always possible that a sick pup could be staying next to your dog. Kennel cough and canine influenza virus are common illnesses among dogs, and unfortunately, they are easily spread. It's always important to be aware that these things can happen before boarding your canine companion.
If your buddy simply hates to be boarded, you will know in his demeanor and through updates that the boarding facility will give you about how he's doing. If your buddy hates it, there is no point in making him stay in a place where he simply unhappy. Ask friends or your veterinarian for a reputable pet sitter's name and number. Consider having a trusted friend or family member stay with your buddy or for your buddy to stay with them.
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