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Boarding Kennel Stress in Dogs: Be a proactive dog owner, Things Dog Owners need to do, to help make their dogs stay, in a boarding kennels, a happy one

Boarding Kennel Stress in Dogs: Be a proactive dog owner, Things Dog Owners need to do, to help make their dogs stay, in a boarding kennels, a happy one

I originally wrote this article back in January 2014, I monitored the number of views and for 2014  I received a total  10844 views on both of my articles “Boarding Kennel Stress in Dogs: Things owners need to know!” & “Tips for boarding anxious/nervy dogs” there seems to be a lot of concerned owners out there. Dog Owners need to be proactive when it comes to boarding their dog, you may have a great time away but your dog may not.

Unfortunately, even now, it still never ceases to amaze me, how many dog owners ring me and ask if I have room to board their dog and their dog has never been in kennels before. (since writing this article, I no longer board dogs)

Dogs need to be introduced to a kennel environment early on, not at the last-minute a few days before you go on holiday. Separation Anxiety and related problems are on the increase. I am personally seeing more & more dogs with these issues and they unfortunately can be one of the hardest behaviour problems to fix.

All too often dogs are treated like babies and can become over reliant on their human family, that goes for big dogs as well as small dogs. Dogs like children, need to become independent and be able to happily function on their own. If you have a multiple dog household the same applies. Dogs should be equally happy to hangout with each other or be on their own. Again, same as people.

So be proactive and introduce your dog to a kennel environment early on. Below is a list of things, dog owners need to do, to help their dogs stay in kennels, be a happy one.

1. If your dog has never been in kennels before condition your dog to going into kennels, day stays at a boarding kennel are a good way of getting your dog used to it. If you have a kennel and run at home or some other form of containment, such as a garage, small bedroom or  a dog crate, use it.

2. If you are a multi dog household make sure your dogs are independent of each other and can cope on their own. Separate kenneling or confinement goes along way, in helping with that. Doesn’t mean that they can’t hangout together, just means they are ok with being alone. The same goes for dogs who are too attached to their owner, they too need to be made independent.

3. Visit facilities, talk to the kennel owner, are they knowledgeable and friendly do they understand dogs and dog behaviour. Just because they run a boarding kennel, doesn’t mean they understand dogs or dog behaviour.

If you have a nervy, anxious or dog aggressive dog or a dog who just needs space. Ask if the kennel owner is experienced in handling these types of dogs and can accommodate them. Introducing these dogs to kennels may take a bit more time on the part of you the owner and the boarding kennel owner. (Ask how they go about introducing these types dogs to a kennel environment) Some kennels may not take them because they are not set up to do so. Also certain breeds of dogs, may not be welcome.

4. To make your dogs stay less stressful and more comfortable, ask if you can bring a blanket or toy etc of theirs.

5. Ask how your dog will be exercised, some kennels walk the dogs, others let them out to run in large compounds with other dogs. If they are let out to run with other dogs, ask if they are supervised in other words is someone physically present, while the dogs are being exercised. Even friendly dogs can fall out and a dogfight may ensue, Also signs of stress or distress need to be watched out for, so it is important that dogs are supervised, at all times.(Refer AsureQuality Limited, Pet Boarding Establishments,Kennel Code of Practice). Don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions.

Click on the link to read what can happen if dogs are left unsupervised: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9127003/Couple-furious-after-pet-mauled
Be aware some kennels leave dogs to run unsupervised.

If your dog is Nervy, anxious, dog aggressive or a dog who just need some space, ask if your dog can be individually exercised.If your dog is anxious or nervy, please read tips for boarding anxious/nervy dogs

6. If your dog is on a special diet or needs medication ask if the kennel will feed the diet required or dispense medication.

7. Also ask what food the kennel feeds the dogs and ask if it would be possible for you to bring your own dogs food, so his/her diet remains the same.

8. Read Socialising your dog, the right way
Incorrect socialising even in a boarding kennel environment can and does lead to behaviour problems in dogs, such as aggression or timidness.
I hope the above information helps you the dog owner to make an informed decision.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2018 in About

 

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Going away over the Christmas Holidays? Now is the time to start thinking about the needs of your dog. Boarding Kennel Stress in Dogs: Things owners need to know!

Going away over the Christmas Holidays? Now is the time to start thinking about the needs of your dog. Boarding Kennel Stress in Dogs: Things owners need to know!

With Christmas just a few months away, many people will be taking a holiday break and maybe going away. Now is the time to start thinking about your pets and who is going to look after them, if they can’t go with you. Dogs can and do get stressed, so if you are planning to leave your pets in a boarding facility, now is the time, to start looking around.

If your pets have never been boarded before, day stays and day/night stays are recommended and should really, be started now. Boarding kennel stress is real! Dogs become stressed the same as you and I and putting your dog into a boarding kennels, can be very stressful for them.

Imagine taking a young child to a strange place and leaving it with people it doesn’t know. The child will more often than not, become distressed and upset. The same thing, can and does happen to dogs.

I hope the enclosed link: Titled “Boarding Kennel Stress in Dogs: Things owners need to know!” will help and inform dog owners, so everyone including your pets, will have a stress free holiday.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2015 in About

 

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Things Dog Owners need to do, to help make their dogs stay, in a boarding kennels, a happy one

Things Dog Owners need to do, to help make their dogs stay, in a boarding kennels, a happy one

I have been monitoring the number of hits ( which are quite high) I have been receiving on both of my articles “Boarding Kennel Stress in Dogs: Things owners need to know!” & “Tips for boarding anxious/nervy dogs” there seems to be a lot of concerned owners out there.

Unfortunately, even now, it still never ceases to amaze me, how many dog owners ring me and ask if I have room to board their dog and their dog has never been in kennels before. Dogs need to be introduced to a kennel environment early on, not at the last-minute. They need time to adjust and get used to a new environment, besides the kennel you choose, may not be the right one, for your dog.

Many Boarding Kennels, not all, leave dogs to exercise in groups unsupervised, If dogs are run in groups there should be someone physically present, at all times to watch out for signs of, stress, distress, aggression. Always ask, how the kennel exercises the dogs.

Click on the link below to read what can happen, when dogs are left unsupervised.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9127003/Couple-furious-after-pet-mauled

Please take the time to read the above articles and:

Things Dog Owners need to do, to help make their dogs stay in a boarding kennel a happy one

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2014 in About

 

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The Financial Costs of Boarding Your Dog

The Financial Costs of Boarding Your Dog

The financial cost of boarding your dog, may vary from place to place. In the Manawatu for example its anything from $12-$30 per day.

You will find most kennels also charge an extra surcharge, if you board your dog during public holidays, such as Christmas or if your dog has not been spayed or neutered.

You may also find, many kennels may ask you to bring your dog in for day stays, if your dog hasn’t been in a kennel environment before. There is a good reason for that.

Please read my Kennel Stress articles on this blog, they will tell you everything you need to know regarding stress in dogs.

Some may also have a policy of not taking certain breeds of dogs. Most will not take dog aggressive dogs, as they are not setup to do so.

If you are going away on holiday, dog boarding costs need to be factored into your holiday budget and seeking out a boarding kennel needs to be done sooner rather than later.

I am still surprised by how many people don’t do this, they wait and then ring around a couple of weeks prior to them leaving to go on holiday, looking for a kennel to board their dog and asking for a discount to boot, which personally I think is a bit rude.

If you are interested in boarding your dog with me:

Click the link below: I take all breeds, dog aggressive dogs, entire dogs & bitches, no surcharges for public holidays and dogs are all individually walked twice a day by me, for hour in total.

http://www.zerobitesdogtraining.com/Koolhound-Dog-Boarding-Kennels.html

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2013 in About

 

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Pet Photography

We all love our pets, they are a big part of our life, they are great company and always manage to make us laugh, even when we are down. If you would like have some great photos of your best friend. Photos can be taken in your home or outdoors, in a more natural setting, such as your garden, local park or dog friendly cafe.
Visit my website for more information or click on
Pet Photography:Focused Fotos
http://www.brightchicphotography.com

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2013 in About

 

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Urban Dog Agility: Woodville Weeks 1 & 2

Everyone had a really great time, not just good for kids, the dogs and thier owners loved it too. A bit different, different surfaces to walk on, steps, bmx course, skateboard ramp, bollards (great for weaving), there is so much to do at this park.

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Posted by on June 7, 2013 in About

 

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KoolHound Dog Boarding Kennels

Here’s a few photos of some of the dogs I have had staying with me in May.

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2013 in About

 

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Pet Photography: Focused Fotos

Having fun at the river
Pet Photography:
We all love our pets, they are a big part of our life, they are great company and always manage to make us laugh, even when we are down. If you would like have some great photos of your best friend.
Visit: https://zerobitesdogtraining.wordpress.com/about/pet-photography-focused-fotos
or my website: http://www.brightchicphotography.com

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2013 in About

 

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Did My Dog Just Cough

“Did My Dog Just Cough” is a very good article on Canine Cough (Kennel Cough) and a must read for all dog owners. http://www.tulsapetsmagazine.com/2011/01/did-my-dog-just-cough/

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in About

 

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Welcome to ZeroBites Dog Training: Woodville-Tararua-Palmerston North-Ashhurst-Wairarapa

Welcome to ZeroBites Dog Training: Woodville-Tararua-Palmerston North-Ashhurst-Wairarapa

 

 

In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.
Edward Hoagland, American Essayist (1932 – )

 

 

 

 

Dogs are good company and great fun but whether you have a small breed of dog such as a Fox Terrier or a large breed such as a Bullmastiff, they need training and guidance from you, the owner. Dogs are dogs irrespective of the breed.

So get to know your dog, educate yourself on your dogs specific breed traits. Learn how dogs communicate with each other, it will help you understand them better.

Socialize your dog, the right way make sure they have good experiences. Sometimes bad things do happen, if a problem does arise, seek help ASAP.

Many people I chat to have stories to tell of the bad experiences they have had, while out walking their dog. It is becoming a real issue in many parts of NZ and overseas. As are reported dog attacks, unfortunately there are many more that go unreported and all too often, its the dog that pays the price.

While, irresponsible dog ownership can shoulder some of the blame, I believe more education is needed in many areas. Many dog owners, are not well informed on such things, as Dog Bite Prevention, Dog Control Act, Dog behaviour-understanding, how dogs communicate with each other and with us. I personally cover the above topics and more with my clients, whether it be in class or privately.

Maybe its time for more clubs and trainers, who run training classes and the like, to do more, than just teach basic obedience and behaviour, to clients. Segments or FAQ sheets on some of the above mentioned issues, would not go astray. Below are a few links to articles I have written on:
“Socialising your dog, the right way”
“Dogs off leash but not under control”
“What parents & educators should know and tell kids about dog safety and how to act in the company of dogs”
Dog Safety for both Kids & Adults (text & graphics)”

Summer is nearly here again, just a reminder dogs left alone in parked cars can die, if they become overheated.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2012 in About

 

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