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Leonard Houser, owner and operator of Thunder Ridge Kennels, has been training and boarding dogs for over 30 years. He is well known nationally for his expert training ability and getting excellent reults with all types and mannerisms of breeds, He is a well respected member of the field trial community and his success in both competition and traing dogs for others is outstanding in the field.
— Published 07-13-2018 by: Leonard Houser (Thunder Ridge Kennels)
Stress in dogs associated with being boarded in a kennel is fairly common. Although most dogs are perfectly fine, some will show varying degrees of stress which can be directly linked to the boarding experience. It can vary quite a bit from dog to dog in both intensity and duration. Some of the most common signs of boarding kennel stress include: excessive barking and whining, loss of appetite, pacing, depression, constant licking of the lips, diarreha, and vomiting.
Stress is most common in dogs which have not been boarded before. With first time boarding you can and should expect your dog to exhibit one or more of the symptoms listed above.
There are a variety of factors which come into play here and, of course, just like people, different dogs react differently to new and unfamiliar places and things. One of the most common causes of stress in boarded dogs can best be described as seperation anxiety. Similar to taking a young child to a strange place and leaving them in the care of people he or she has never seen before, dropping your dog off at an unfamiliar place and then leaving can be expected to be stressful. Dogs get used to their surrounding and being somewhere new without the comfort of their people and/or other household pets combined with a new routine, strange smells, other unfamiliar dogs and different food will certainly cause some level of stress and anxiety.
No. Many dogs do just fine. Dogs that are accustomed to being boarded almost never show signs of stress and even some first timers do great as well. Dogs that are most susceptable to boarding stress include one which are: nervous, fearful, anxious, and even (beleive it or not) agressive dogs.
OK, by now you are probably asking 'Is there something I can do to minimize or eliminate my dog experiencing stress or anxiety while being boarded?'. The answer is, thankfully, yes. Although some dogs are more prone to stress than others and complete elimination of it is not always possible, it can most certainly be minimized if not eliminated.
Some of the best ways to minimize your dogs stress while being boarded include the following:
A good dog boarding facility will not only do their best to make your dog comfortable during his stay, but will have the knowledge and experience to identify signs of stress early and take steps to find and correct the cause whenever possible.