By Courtney Emken
co-written by Bart Emken, CPDT-KA, Jen Larson, KPA-CTP, and Amanda Ott.
We believe that DogBoy’s offers one of the most unique dog boarding and daycare experiences in the greater Austin area, but we understand that not every dog is ready to hang out at The Ranch. If you think your dog may have trouble at Doggy Daycare, or has had problems in the past, then this post is for you.
We’re going to do our best to answer any questions or concerns that you may have about your dog’s wellbeing at Doggy Daycare within this post. However, every pet has specific needs and behaviors, so we can’t be completely comprehensive. Feel free to leave a comment, or contact us directly if you want a more personalized discussion about your dog’s specific needs. Thanks everyone!
First Steps: Identifying and Addressing Your Dog’s Issues
If you think your dog has been having trouble at Doggy Daycare, your number one resource will be our kennel staff. They have a wealth of experience helping dogs work through their various challenges, and more than likely they’ve already identified your dog’s specific challenges. This could include common issues such as:
- Fence fighting
Once you’ve pinpointed the behavior, you can begin to uncover what the triggers are. For the most common behavioral issues, like reactivity or anxiety, kennels have measures in place to accommodate your dog. However, some kennels may simply be unsuited for your dog’s needs.
For instance, if your dog is reactive at fence lines, then you might look for a cage free facility. However, we highly recommend that you first try using positive reinforcement training to work through your dog’s problems. Even ingrained behaviors like anxiety and fear can be overcome with counter conditioning sessions and further training.
Finding The Right Dog Boarding & Daycare Facility
Once you’ve discovered the root of your dog’s problems, evaluate whether the kennel is the best fit. For example, if you have a dog who’s easily over aroused, then DogBoy’s may not be right for them due to our highly stimulating environment. However, if your dog is shy or anxious, then our Wellness Daycare may be the perfect fit.
Many dogs are simply overwhelmed by crowds of people or other canines. If your dog is having a tough time at daycare, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the daycare is bad or that your dog has a problem. It may just be the wrong environment for them. Not every dog wants to play with other dogs (and that’s OKAY!).
You don’t want to drop your dog off at a daycare where they’re miserable. It’s our duty as responsible owners to ensure that we put our pets in comfortable environments where they can be happy. That’s why it’s so important to do research before committing to a boarding facility.
If you feel like your dog has the potential to be a good fit at a kennel, don’t hesitate to reach out to a positive reward-based trainer. They can address specific behavioral needs that may make daycare a more positive experience for your dog.
For dogs who don’t do well at daycare, we recommend our At-Home Dog Walking service instead. Starting in September, we’re going to offer in-house dog walking so your dog can get exercise and attention during the day. This is a great way for these dogs to get all the benefits of a daycare (socialization, play, etc.) without the possibility of overstimulation.
If you have questions about doggy daycare, or want to know whether your dog would be a good fit for DogBoy’s Dog Ranch, please contact us today. We’d love to see you at the Ranch!
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