Many dog owners put their dogs in kennels when they go on business trips and, sometimes, vacations where Fido isn't welcome. However, some dog owners may need to put their dogs into kennels on a daily basis, such as when they go to work or expect to be gone from home for any length of time. Here are 2 reasons why people put their dogs into kennels instead of leaving them home alone.
Their dog has separation anxiety
Separation anxiety is fairly common in dogs, especially in certain breeds. Dogs with separation anxiety can whine, bark, and be destructive to the home. The problems are compounded in bigger, stronger dogs. When a dog has severe separation anxiety, being alone doesn't trigger his fear of, well, being alone. Most dogs with separation anxiety are fearful that their owners wouldn't be able to survive without them right by their sides.
This is a pack mentality that runs strong in dogs with genetic dispositions to be hunters, such as the Weimaraner. These dogs then try to do everything in their power to escape their homes so they can try to find and save their pack members. If you've never seen the damage a 100 pound athletic dog can do to escape a house, you would be shocked. A dog kennel can help keep dogs entertained and busy so they aren't incessantly worrying about their family being out in the big bad world without them.
Their dog needs medication and/or medical supervision
Another big reason why dog owners put their dogs in boarding facilities when they go to work every day and when they run errands is when their dogs need medication and/or constant supervision for medical and health reasons. This is particularly true for dogs that have seizures, which can be dangerous for dogs when they are unattended with no humans around. They may bite themselves during a seizure and bump into things after a seizure.
In a boarding facility, like Houston Dog Ranch,the attendants can keep a watchful eye on a dog that is prone to having seizures as there typically are warning signs that a seizure is imminent. During a seizure, the attendants can make sure the dog is safe and comfortable. Afterwards, the attendants can clean up any urine and/or feces the dog may have released during the seizure as well as make sure the dog is safe during the disorientation period that often immediately follows seizure activity.