Today we want to talk with you about something that is very close to your heart—your dog. Someone pretty special to you. If he or she wasn’t you would not be considering bringing it to us to care for whilst you are away.
When you go away for a week or more it is important you find someone to care for your pet who you and your pet know and trust. If you are using a boarding kennel there is no doubt your dog is going to see and hear some things that they usually wouldn’t. The increased noise and activity could be enough to set off several responses in your dog.
It may be that they want to be the life of the party. They may feel frightened or threatened both of which can evoke aggressive behaviour. Stress of this kind can lead to excessive barking, constant lip licking, pacing or loss of appetite.
The staff members at Durack Pet Motel are well versed regarding these signs and they are constantly alert, especially during group playtime.
What You Can Do
There are several things you can do to help your dog assimilate into our environment.
If you have a dog that is particularly attached to you or that does not deal well with being handled by others, it is a really good idea to think about taking the time out for you and your dog to come and visit us. From there, an ideal stepping stone to the actual week or more stay, would be to book in some day and even some overnight visits.
Items from home are always great companions. Dog toys, blankets and even something of yours is more than welcome to keep your number one four-legged friend calm and happy. There are products on the market that can assist with calming aggressive, nervy, or anxious dogs.
The Adaptil Collar is available worldwide. Hundreds of reviews on this product from happy animal owners testify that this doggy pheromone releasing collar helps keep your dog calm during times of stress. Perhaps you may want to consider putting one on your dog a day or two before it are due to join us.
Another item that is receiving rave reviews as a great way to help a dog with anxiety or aggressive tendencies is the Thundershirt. Putting this snug fitting vest on your dog gives it the same feelings as a baby has when firmly swaddled.
From the accounts we have heard and read online you will be amazed at the behavioural change you could witness in your dog.