Successfully boarding a dog with separation anxiety can be a very difficult process. However, it is possible with enough patience and by arming yourself with the correct tools for overcoming the issue. Some helpful tips for this situation include understanding the reasons for your dog’s anxiety and looking for coping mechanisms that work in your specific instance. For example, many dogs experience separation anxiety due to negative events, such as being left at an animal shelter by their previous owners or being separated from its mother too early. Also, other events may trigger your dog’s anxiety, such as an unstable or changing routine and a lack of physical activity. Some of the signs of separation anxiety include barking and whining an excessive amount, trying to escape, and destroying household items, as well as walls and doors.

Determining the cause of your pet’s anxiety can be difficult in some cases. However, if you are able to pin point any potential causes, this can help you to better address the issue. For instance, you may have adopted your pet from an animal shelter and, therefore, feel that this may have caused the manifestation of anxiety. Moving forward, you may want to take steps to ensure that your dog knows you aren’t going to abandon it, such as not leaving it alone for extended periods of time. If you need to board your dog in certain instances, such as a vacation, it is important that you make sure you leave the dog with a trusted individual who will keep the dog entertained and you need to leave the dog with toys and treats that will keep it busy. This will help it to focus less on your absence and having familiar items will also comfort it. Therefore, you may also want to include items, such as water bowls and pet beds, along with its toys and treats.

Also, if you are planning on boarding your dog, you could begin preparing it beforehand by leaving it alone for a brief period and then gradually increasing the length of time you are gone, until it begins to feel more comfortable on its own. You may also want to consider finding a pet sitter, as opposed to leaving your dog at a boarding kennel. Often, you can ask friends or family members to come to your home and watch your dog while you are away. This will make this situation less distressing for your pet because they will be in a familiar environment with someone they likely already know. If you are unable to find a friend or family member who will be available during your absence, you can also hire a pet sitter, which are relatively easy to find. Whether you decide to leave your pet at a kennel, with friends/family, or with a pet sitter, it is vital that you discuss your pets anxiety with them so that they are better prepared and can handle the situation more easily. You should also express the importance of allowing your dog to get the proper amount of exercise, which will help it to relax and focus on something else. Also, if your dog is sociable with other dogs, it can be helpful for it to spend time with other pets, which is also a good distraction.