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    Re: Leaving Puppy at Board & Train

    Yeah I wouldn't call that SA. A dog with actual SA basically has a panic attack when you leave, and they do all kinds of stuff they wouldn't normally do, in a blind panic. A puppy that cries a little and chews stuff is just a puppy. My year-old dog chews stuff while I'm right there in the same room!

    How are dog reacts to boarding really depends on the dog. My first dog got so anxious that she wouldn't eat while in boarding, so we'd get her back as a skinny nervous wreck. My previous dogs loved going to boarding because they got to bark all they wanted. I haven't boarded my current dogs yet so I don't know how they'd react. But, yeah, totally an individual thing. If she likes the trainer she might actually have fun while you're gone.
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    I took it at face value when the OP said the dog was SA, so the fact that the dog is pretty normal when it comes to separation really changes my view on things. I think that the dog will likely be anxious, but fine. A truly SA would not come out of a 14 day boarding stint in a healthy mindset, but a stable dog will be okay.

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    Re: Leaving Puppy at Board & Train

    Quote Originally Posted by Hiraeth View Post
    You can't communicate that you're going to come back. And prepping, as others have noted, takes a long time and desensitization by boarding for short periods. Basically, prepping for your absence should have started months ago, not days before your departure.

    Dogs I've known who were boarded for two weeks have not done very well, especially dogs who were overly anxious or attached to their owners. My own dog stopped eating for the two weeks I was in Scotland, and he wasn't even boarded, he stayed with my mom.

    I don't think many of us have positive feedback to give about the situation because not a whole lot of good can come from leaving a dog who suffers from SA at a board and train facility for two weeks. I know it's unavoidable for you, but I don't want to be dishonest or sugarcoat things. I think you'll likely come back home to a skinny dog whose SA is far worse than before, because she will have learned that sometimes you leave and don't come back for a really long time.

    When you come back you can start working on leaving her for longer and longer periods of time so that she becomes used to your absence and learns that you're always going to come back eventually.


    That does depend a lot on the facility though. I had to board Kuma for two weeks for the first time in his life last year, and he had a blast at the facility I chose. It's so important to check them out in person though. I checked out three, all looked great on their site, but two just looked so depressing in person, and unless I paid extra, would not have taken Kuma out of his kennel the entire time he was there.

    The third though, was bright, clean, the staff were friendly, they had multiple large fenced in yards for play groups, plus a big indoor one for bad weather, and Kuma was really only in his kennel at meal times and to sleep at night. There really good boarding facilities, but you have to take the time and really check them out.

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    Agreed, Kuma's Mom... I went to visit each place I had in mind for my dog and the winner was VERY clear after visiting their facilities. The level of cleanliness and organization in the one I chose was heads and shoulders above any of the others. Sure, they all had friendly staff, but a look-see really does tell you a lot about a place. Especially when it's a "surprise" visit, not a call-ahead.

    I'd also check with them to be sure if they do or don't require a bordetella vaccine, because if they do it takes a few days to take effect so you want to go ahead and do that. Most places do require that.
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