After I adopted my first puppy, I didn't train him very well. I was too afraid of him getting "mad at me" to scold him when he did naughty puppy things, like chewing up my shoes. I thought he would grow out of some of his bad habits, but it didn't seem like he was. I asked another dog owner at the dog park for advice, and he told me that dogs really enjoy being trained, and proper training actually makes them happier. After that conversation, I started taking my dog to a local training center and he seemed to really love being there! He soon stopped his bad habits and even learned fun tricks. I want to share my dog training tips with anyone out there who needs them and help everyone learn that a well-trained pet is a happy pet!
Just because you have a dog at home doesn't mean you can't ever leave the house. If you have family that is willing to watch your furry friend, that's wonderful. Even if you have a friend nearby that can take care of your pal for you while you're away, that's great. But most times, it can be difficult to find someone to watch your pooch while you are away, without having to worry about that person taking as good of care of your pal as you would. Boarding your pet is a good option, although it can sometimes be difficult for your pet to be away from you and in an unfamiliar place. See below for helpful tips to prepare your pooch for boarding.
Visit The Boarding Facility
Once you have decided on a boarding facility, be sure to take your dog to the facility to become more comfortable with the facility and some of the staff as well. Talk to the staff at the facility about your concerns regarding your dog becoming upset while at the facility. They may be able to take your dog in for a few hours to become more accustomed to the new routine and surroundings, so he won't be so upset during his stay.
Pack Some Comforts From Home
Be sure to bring one or two of your dog's favorite toys from home to help him feel more comfortable and a little less lonesome. You can also bring something of your own from home to help remind him of you, such as a piece of clothing or a small blanket that smells like you. If your dog is on a special diet or has medication, it's important to also bring these things with you for your pet, along with instructions for the medication. Bring a few extra days worth of medicine and food, just in case there is a delay in your return.
Drop Off And Pick Up
When dropping off and picking up your dog, don't make it an emotional experience. If you are upset, it can actually upset your pet as well. Don't be over the top excited either, as it can cause your pet to be stressed out. When bringing your dog home with you, allow him to rest. The week away was probably a little hard on him too, and he'll want a little extra time to recoup.
Keeping your pet in the comforts of his own home is ideal, but this isn't always an option. Boarding your pet will help give your pet the attention he needs, as well as exercise and time with other dogs. For more information and tips with preparing your dog for boarding, contact a dog boarding facility in your area, such as Sally Terroux Dog Training.