Boarding Your Dog with Separation Anxiety: Everything You Need to Know

November 17, 2021

Dogs can get confused and frightened when their people go away. For dogs who suffer from separation anxiety, that reaction can be even greater and cause disruption in their normal behaviors. Unwanted chewing, barking, and escape attempts may occur, and they may lose their house training skills. It’s not always possible to stay with our furry friends or take them with us on our travels, so boarding an anxious pup may become necessary from time to time. In addition to the normal preparations for boarding, there are extra efforts you’ll need to make. American Boarding Kennels specializes in boarding, and outlines some helpful advice for boarding dogs with separation anxiety.

Get Your Dog Familiar With The Facility

Being in unfamiliar surroundings without their most trusted humans coupled with disruptions to their routine are major triggers for dogs with separation anxiety, so jumping right into boarding isn’t a great idea if it can be avoided. Take your dog to your boarding facility and tour it together with them a couple times before your trip. Let them get familiar with the staff, sounds, and smells as you gradually decrease the time you personally spend with them on your visits. When your dog is ready, book an overnight stay to get them familiar with the process. Establishing the facility as a safe, normal place they may sometimes visit will help reduce the risk of anxious behaviors while you’re away.

Consult Your Veterinarian

There are a number of safe and effective anti-anxiety toys, tools, and medications that your vet can recommend based on the severity of your dog’s separation anxiety. Chew toys, puzzle toys, and smart bones can help refocus your dog’s nervous energy while you’re gone, and swaddling shirts can also help calm them. Discussing these options with your vet will also help give you peace of mind and a sense of control over the situation, which in turn will help keep your doggy relaxed, as our canine children can absorb our stress.

Check In With Your Boarding Facility

It’s important to make the staff aware of your dog’s separation anxiety before you board with them. Let the staff know of any medications, extra attention, or special accommodations that may be required. Make sure they provide ample social and stimulation opportunities so that your dog won’t be preoccupied with your absence. When your boarding staff is aware of the specific needs of your dog, they’ll be equipped to provide them with the care they need to stay safe, comfortable and healthy while you’re away.

American Boarding Kennels has provided boarding services in the Twin Cities Area for 37 years. We care deeply about the welfare of the pets and the happiness of the humans we serve. With personalized attention, ample recreation, and comfy accommodations, American Boarding Kennels offers a safe retreat for dogs with separation anxiety while their humans travel. To learn more about how we can help make your anxious dog’s stay better, stop by one of our five locations in Burnsville, Montgomery, Edina, Wayzata, or Long Lake, give us a call at (952) 894-5100 or visit our website.