Post # 1
This is the first time I’ve had a dog and I never thought I’d feel like this, but we have to board him for 3 days and I feel awful about it!! He’s a big baby, he’s scared of hardwood floors and unfamilar rooms in our house. Any other time we’ve left him was with a friend, whos house he’s been to or with my parents and he’s been there and knows my dad also. This time we just have to find a random place on short notice to leave him. He doesnt like to sleep alone and will cry himself to sleep if he’s not in the room with us, and did the same thing when he was at my parents. I dont know how he will be boarded. And his such a non confronational dog, my friends dog came over and just dominated him and kept climbing on him and humping him. I feel so bad for having to leave him with strangers in a strange place and with other dogs that he doesnt know… help! I need some reassurance this will be ok… =
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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 # 8
@abbyful: Yeah, he’s only had 2 visits so far, but I got some bad feed back about their kennel services. A neighbor down the road used to use them, but he said his dog came back sick every single time he was there.
@Swizzle: We say that all the time, but that’s just the way he is. We tried everything he when he was little, and having him cry it out so he doenst think it would get the attention he wanted, but he wouldnt stop (think 2 hrs of non-stop crying) until we gave in. He’s better now and will cry for 10-15 minutes till he falls asleep, but it so sad. He plays great with dogs, but he’s definitely not dominant at all.
Post # 9
@snoie: I think I found a place that is cage free, but I’m not sure if someone sleeps with them. I didnt really have much time to search (last minute trip for a funeral). But there’s always someone around right? My friends dog didnt like how mine was playing once and actually lunged and attacked him, we pulled him right off, but my dog was so shaken from it and I dont know if he would have been able to fight back. So sad.. 90 lbs of wuss. 🙁 It’s sort of cute what a wussy quirky dog he is when hes around us, but I fear for him around other dogs…
@OctBride-2012: We’re supposed to drop him off tomorrow for day care, and then leave him there on Thur. Does the extra day of day care really help that much?
Post # 10
@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
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
@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
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
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
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.
Post # 16
@Angkinah: No, I’m even more super nuts about people in my house right now since it just got broken into last week. I cant handle trying to find a way to trust someone to come over right now.
I’m so glad to hear I’m not being silly or the only one that feels this way.