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Small Dog Boarding: What Will My Dog Do All Day?

By    |   Monday, 05 Jan 2015 07:31 PM

It’s never easy to leave your small dog behind when you travel, but it is important to make sure he or she is well cared for if you are boarding it or leaving it in the care of friends while you’re gone.

In addition to arranging for the basics — feeding, medications, emergency contacts — when dealing with pet-sitters or boarding facilities, you will want to coordinate daily activities.

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If leaving your dog at a kennel, find out how often she will be walked.

According to about.com, some boarding facilities let dogs out only twice a day for a few minutes at a time.

"If this is something your dog is used to, then it might not be a problem. However, if you want your dog to get a bit more exercise, you should look for a place that walks dogs three or more times daily," the site says.

You will want to ask if the kennel has a fenced-in area where your dog can romp. If it doesn't, find out if the attendants walk the dogs around for several minutes rather than just letting them relieve themselves quickly and go back into the cage, the site recommends.

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The ASPCA recommends that your dog should have plenty of toys — if toys are allowed — as well as equipment to play with, on, or under. They should also be given access to safe, comfortable napping spots.

If leaving your dog with a sitter, you will want to coordinate times when your dog should be walked each day. Ask the sitter to spend extra time to play with and pay attention to the dog.

Well-known dog behaviorist Cesar Millan says to make sure the sitter knows your dog’s requirements.

"If your dog is used to a one-hour walk every morning, they will not be fulfilled by a 15-minute walk instead," Millan writes on his website cesarsway.com.

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