Dogs love their owners. Your dog is probably very excited every evening when you return home from work. However, if you work long hours or your dog has a sensitive personality, the situation can become stressful for your pooch. Many people use dog boarding facilities (aka doggie day care) to help their animals deal with the effects of long work hours.
Lonely animals can act out in a variety of ways. Some become depressed. Dogs are descended from pack animals so they naturally prefer to be around people and other animals. Some dogs get separation anxiety which can lead them to act out in unexpected ways. All dogs destroy something once in a while, but dogs with separation anxiety can become overly destructive. They may tear up furniture, chew on possessions like your favorite pair of shoes or bark excessively. Instead of viewing your dog as a nuisance, you should consider the dog’s emotional needs which are probably causing the issues.
If you can’t be home more often, consider doggie daycare for the times when you can’t be around. These facilities are designed to help keep animals entertained while their families are busy. Instead of sitting around the house feeling lonely and looking for trouble, your animal will get fresh air and exercise. At a dog boarding facility, the dog will interact with compatible animals and get a chance to feel like part of the pack for a while.
You can visit a dog boarding facility to see if it will be a good fit for your canine. Ask to see the play area and check to see if there are toys for animals to play with. Ask questions about how often the dog boarding staff takes the dogs out for walks. If your dog will interact with a lot of other animals, how will the staff prevent fighting? What are the credentials of the dog boarding company’s team? Are they trained to deal with different animal personalities? Do they know what to do in case of an emergency?
Even if you don’t use a dog boarding facility full-time, you may find that part-time use helps your dog cope with loneliness. Doggie daycares help provide the socialization that is so critical to a dog’s emotional well-being. They also help the pet get an appropriate amount of exercise which will keep your pet healthy and happy.