Day Camp and Your Dog

Do you have a high-energy dog?

Does your dog get bored or lonely during the day?

Are you away from home and your dog all day?
Chester, Rastus, Oliver, Wiley

Day Camp may be just the antidote for your dog and you!

Most breeds have been bred to have a job or task, but our busy lives often mean that they are home for extended periods of time with little stimulation. For many dogs, this means a lot of time alone. This can lead to boredom or  destructive behaviors in their search for a task. Physical activity helps to use their extra energy and the social stimulation keeps your dog mentally invigorated.

Day Camp at AMH offers a positive outlet for high-energy dogs that would otherwise be bored, lonely, or even destructive at home during the day. Our Day Camp program also provides support for our older and younger companions by matching pets of similar age and play styles together for play groups.

Some of the benefits of Day Camp include:

  • Physical exertion to help manage extra energy
  • Relief from boredom or loneliness (including separation anxiety)
  • Socialization with other people and dogs
  • Prevention of household destruction when alone

These benefits can shine through, even with just one or two visits per week!

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There are also special times when Day Camp can be particularly helpful:

  • Constructionor renovation on your home
  • Busy times at work or particularly strenuous days that leave you exhausted
  • Visiting friends or relatives with severe allergies
  • Parties that would force your dog to be shut away (then they can have fun too!)
  • Open house showings and preparation for moving
  • Repairs or installations at your home, especially if you are not sure how your pup and the workers will interact

 

Day Camp is a great opportunity for busy families and busy pets, but it is not right for all dogs. Dogs that do well at dog parks, that play a lot, and that enjoy the company of other dogs generally do well. Healthy and well-socialized dogs are the best candidates. Dogs are required to be spayed or neutered and up to date on their vaccinations and preventatives to attend.

All Day Camp candidates are evaluated prior to being accepted to our program to make sure that they will play well with others in our facility. Click here to find out more about Day Camp at Animal Medical Hospital!Day Camp Beagles

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Planes, Trains, Automobiles…and Pets

Many pet owners will be going over the river and through the woods this holiday season.  Whether it’s to grandmother’s house you go or everyone is headed to your house, your pets have particular requirements you’ll want to keep in mind.

If you are not taking your pet with you, most likely you will need to board your pet at a reputable kennel.  Here are some important tips.

Boarding your pet:

  • Make reservations well in advance.  Boarding kennels fill up quickly during the holidays.
  • Be sure to check with us about vaccination requirements when making your boarding reservations. Most vaccines such as the one for Infectious Tracheobronchitis (also known as kennel cough) need to be given several weeks in advance of boarding for the best protection of your pet if they have not had the vaccine before.
  • Provide enough of your pet’s food and medications to last through its stay and alert the kennel staff to any special needs that it may have.

Sometimes it’s more fun to bring your pet with you. If your pet is travelling, you’ll want to be careful to prepare for the journey.

Travelling by car:

  • Be sure to put together a travel bag for your pet.  Include food, water, bowls, and any medications your pet needs.  A small first aid kit may also be helpful.
  • Proof of vaccination and pertinent medical records are helpful in case you have any troubles during your trip.  Find a few veterinarians in the area of your final destination and carry their phone number in case of emergency.
  • If your pet has a habit of becoming carsick or nervous during travel, your veterinarian may be able to prescribe medications that can help.
  • Check out www.petswelcome.com or www.dogfriendly.com to find a pet-friendly hotel if needed.

Travelling by plane:

  • Check with your airline and destination well ahead of time for requirements.  Many airlines and states require that your pet be examined by a USDA certified veterinarian and issued a health certificate prior to travelling.
  • Each airline differs as to which animals may be carried on board with you and which must be checked into cargo.  Discuss with your veterinarian what concerns may be for your individual pet.
  • Be sure your pet is used to its carrier beforehand in order to minimize stress.

Staying home:

  • If your home is everyone’s destination this holiday season, make sure that your pet has a quiet, private place to retreat away from all the commotion.
  • Be sure that it is wearing a collar with tags and that its microchip information is current in case a door is left open in the midst of all the chaos.

No matter what your plans are, we hope that you and your pet have a safe and wonderful holiday season!

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