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Boarding your dog during the holidays. Do not take dog sweaters or dog coats along.

Monday, December 7, 2009
posted by Jim Murphy

dog-in-kennelDid you know that December is one of the busiest months for kennels? Many people travel and cannot take their dogs. If you are boarding your dog for the first time, here are some tips for you.

See if you could have your dog stay overnight before your leave so he could get used to the place. Especially if you are leaving for a few weeks.

Don’t take expensive blankets,  toys, dog coats or dog sweaters as these items have the tendency to get lost in a busy kennel. If you take something for your dog, make sure that you could do without it later.

You don’t have to feel guilty about leaving him.

Don’t overcompensate for your impending absence by being overly affectionate and showing unusual behavior. Your dog will sense your emotions and you don’t want him getting stressed out just before you leave. Right before you leave for the kennel, show a little less attention than you normally do. This will make it easier for your dog in the long run.

When you return from your wonderful holiday vacation, let your dog relax. He’s probably been up at night barking and has been playing with the other dogs during the day while you were gone so he may sleep a lot for a few days.

I’m sure that everything will go well. Enjoy your vacation and have a good holiday!

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