If you have a young dog in your home, then you already know how important training your dog is. But have you considered training your dog to board? Even if you never plan on boarding your dog, training your dog to board can make emergency situations less stressful for both you and your dog. Being able to board is an important skill for your dog to have, just in case. These tips can help you to train your dog to board.
Start When Your Dog Is Young
Start training your dog to board when he is young. By establishing this new experience early, you can make boarding a part of his life that he is comfortable with. Introducing an older dog to boarding can cause more stress for your dog than it will if your dog has been trained to board earlier on in his life.
Take Your Dog to Doggy Daycare Periodically
Taking you dog to daycare can be a great way to introduce him to the idea of being in a different environment full of different smells, sounds, and other people and dogs. Doggy daycare is a great introduction to boarding, since it takes place for a shorter period of time and your dog will receive plenty of playtime and attention.
Try Out Boarding When You Don’t Depend On It
Once you feel that your dog is prepared for boarding, try out a boarding session during a time when you don’t depend on it. Schedule an overnight stay for your dog during a time when you will be home and available in case your dog does not handle boarding well. This overnight stay can introduce your dog to boarding without overwhelming him, helping him to learn that while you may go away, you’ll also come back to get him again.
Make Sure Your Dog Is Comfortable With Different People
It’s also important to introduce your dog to a variety of people while he’s young. By introducing your dog to different people on a regular basis, you can help to make introductions and interaction with new people easier on your dog. When introducing your dog to a new person, it’s important to make sure that the introduction is a positive experience for your dog. It is best to have your dog leashed for the introduction, and make introductions when your dog is calm. Ask him to sit as the person comes into the room, and then allow your dog to approach the person on his own terms. Keep a careful eye on your dog’s body language during the introduction, and have the person kneel down, avoid eye contact & offer your dog a treat to keep the experience pleasant.
Be sure to call us well ahead of time to schedule a boarding stay for your dog – we’d be delighted to help make his introduction to boarding a positive one.