(Closed) I feel so bad for my pup…. I have to board him. Help!

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Have you tried leaving him a shirt or blanket that belongs to you? Sometimes the smell can be reassuring. 

But really, I have no help besides that. Dogs are pretty resilent and some actually like being boarded because they get a ton of attention and doggy social time. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

He will be okay. I completely understand though, the first time I had to board my dogs I actually cried when I got back in my car after leaving them!

Have you thought about boarding at your vet’s office? Most vets do boarding.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

He needs to stop being such a big baby.  Boarding will probably help with his poor social skills.  My dog LOVES going to the kennel.  He gets to play with other dogs the whole time. Hes exhausted afterward. A tired dog is a happy dog. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Have you looked at cage free boarding? I know there are places here that do this and they have someone that actually sleeps in the room with all the dogs. It’s a neat concept, but we’ve never had to board our boys.

Dogs adjust pretty quickly, so if you aren’t there, he will adjust and probably enjoy himself.

I was a mess when I left my boy for his first surgery. I actually walked him back with the vet and put him in the big pen and heard him howling and crying while the vet and I walked around and he showed me all the surgical rooms (it wasn’t our normal vet, we took him to a specialist). Oddly enough, the second time he went in for surgery he made a small fuss about going into the pen, but after he quickly calmed down and I didn’t hear him during that tour.

A lot of vets do board, but if your dog isn’t a fan of the vet, this may not be the best option. I can tell you when ours went in for his x-rays and had to spend the day there while the sedation wore off he was anything but quiet. When I got there, I literally opened the front door and I could hear him having a cow in the back room.. he had been doing it all afternoon. Boy did I feel bad. So a vet isn’t always the best option if your dog isn’t a fan of them to begin with.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m very particular about boarding my dogs.  The place I use has a separate outdoor run for each kennel and I pay extra for separate playtimes so they’re not with other dogs.  A lot of places have doggie daycare also.  Can you do that a few times to get him used to it? 

Most places won’t let you take bedding, blankets, soft toys, etc., I think because of the risk of fleas. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Swizzle – I don’t know the circumstances of pinkshoes‘s dog; but as an owner of a dog that needed a lot of work in the socialization department, I can tell you that throwing a dog into a situation they are not mentally/emotionally prepared to deal with is not a good method, it can cause even more problems for the dog. A scared/ stressed/ unconfident dog is much more likely to bite someone or get into a fight with another dog; pressing them into a situation they aren’t ready to deal with is setting the dog up for failure. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Have you thought about a Pet sitter that would come to your house. We had to leave ours when she was quite young and I could not bare to think of her in a kennels ao we found a wonderful Pet sitter for her. She came over from around 7pm and stays overnight, leaves in the morning then come back through the day etc. Yes it is pretty expensive BUT it sure is peace of mind.

Our pet sitter even sends me videos of her and pics with text updates!!

Make sure it is a legitimate Pet Sitter company!! But there are many of them around.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@pinkshoes:  Being submissive is probably fine as long as he doesn’t lash out when backed in a corner.  My dog is very very submissive, but not scared or anything. 

Just make sure the kennel is aware and that they monitor him.  If they have the experience they will know how to deal with him.

 @abbyful:  i’m not suggesting she throw him in with a group of angry dogs, but having play time between a shy dog and an outgoing dog will only help the shy one. Small groups will be best for him. But again, i have the mentallity that “its a dog, it will manage”

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

I second the idea of a dog sitter! But if that isn’t an option, I’m sure he will be fine. Dogs are pretty resilient and he will get through it!

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Just wanted to say I TOTALLY get it. We have three pets and we might have to board our cats over christmas, and I have cried multiple times about this. I absolutely HATE the idea and am working my butt off to find someone to come stay with them (but finding someone to come stay at your house over christmas is not exactly easy!!)…. but I feel like boarding is probably the only option. It sucks. 

Sigh. Pets can seriously be such a source of stress sometimes.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Dogs pick up on their owners feelings so if you coddle him and come to his aid all the time or most of the time he will never get out of this stage. 

My dog is submissive and I noticed a lot of her scared behvior came from my being scared for her (she had knee surgery real young and I was over protective when she played with other dogs) as soon as I realized it was my behavior that was creating this problem I made the change in myself and she changed as well.

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