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!
It isn't always possible to find a pet sitter when taking a trip. When this happens, you'll need to take advantage of dog boarding. Although you and your pup will miss each other, you can prepare your dog for this transition by following a few simple steps.
Get Your Dog Familiar With the Boarding Facility
Dog kenneling is less scary to a pup if they are familiar with the facility and the staff. Schedule some visits ahead of your trip so that your best friend can meet the kennel employees, play ball with them, and get use to the sounds and smells of the place. If possible, you may also have the dog stay overnight one day so you can see how he or she reacts.
Check Vaccine Records
It is important that your canine is up-to-date on all of its shots before staying at a boarding facility. Not only do most places require them, but they also protect your precious pup from catching anything from one of the other dogs that are also staying at the kennel. Distemper and Bordetella, also known as Kennel Cough, are the most commonly transmitted diseases among boarding facilities, but it is also important for your pup to have a current rabies vaccine.
Protect Against Fleas and Ticks
You'll also want to talk to your veterinarian about how far in advance you should apply flea and tick medication so your best friend doesn't come home with an unwanted guests. Typically, most flea and tick medications last a total of eight to 12 weeks so you'll need to make sure your dog is covered for the amount of time you'll be away.
Pack a Bag
Your dog will be more comfortable staying at the kennel if he has some of his own toys to play with. In addition to his familiar items, you'll also want to pack the pup's favorite blanket to sleep on. If your dog is known to have anxiety when you go away, also include an item of your clothing. Your scent will be a source of comfort for him. Lastly, pack dog food and snacks as boarding houses don't typically provide the food.
Prepare a List
The final step in getting your dog ready for boarding is to prepare a list. The list should state any important information the staff need to know about your pet, what your emergency contact numbers are, when you typically feed your pup and how much food your dog gets at each meal.
Contact a boarding facility, like New Beginnings K9 Training, LLC, for more help.