Imagine if you took a trip and spent your entire vacation locked in your room. Hopefully, you’d have some really good company in the room with you. Or, you might look at your confinement as an opportunity to catch up on some reading and relax. But, if the latter, wouldn’t you rather read a book by the hotel pool? Now, imagine how your dog will feel if locked in a room the entire time you’re away.
That is precisely the experience some dogs have when their owners leave them at a kennel. From the time the dog is dropped off, to the time that you return to pick up your dog, the dog never leaves its room. The word for this kind of experience is boredom, and boredom of the most extreme variety.
In some cases, not only is your dog stuck in a room the entire time you’re away, but the room is so small there’s no way for your dog to stretch its paws. By the time you come back, your dog has a serious case of the bends.
It doesn’t have to be that way. And it’s up to you.
Just as you would do some research before choosing the hotel you’ll stay at while on your vacation, you should do some research to make sure your dog isn’t a victim of perpetual boredom while you’re gone. Avoiding that boredom requires discovering a kennel that will keep your dog engaged.
The better kennels have better rooms. Some rooms are not only large enough for your dog to stretch out and stroll, they have doggy doors to a private veranda outdoors. In some cases, thoughtful kennel owners will pipe in music for the dogs. Some even have flat screen televisions that run dog-friendly movies.
These are the kinds of things that can make life bearable for your dog while your dog is in a room. But, you still want a kennel that will safely take your dog out of the room a couple times a day to go for a run on a leash. If that kennel is situated in an optimal location – i.e., in a rural setting – your dog may have adventures going for walks. Those adventures may include seeing wild turkeys in their natural habitat.
Some kennels offer a service called Board & Train. With Board & Train, not only does the dog get out of its room for extended periods of time, they also enjoy dog training that will make them all the better to come home to. And, enjoy is the right word. Dog training done the right way is, first and foremost, enjoyable for the dog.
Really exceptional kennels will offer to take your dog on field trips while you’re away. For instance, they may take your dog to the doggy spa for a pedicure, peppermint bath or blueberry facial.
One additional benefit to leaving your dog at a good kennel that takes your dog’s feelings into account is that you’ll have more peace of mind while you’re away.