There are lots of reasons why you should board your dog while you are away rather than have them stay at home with someone checking up on them periodically. Dogs are social animals; they want to be with people and other dogs. It provides an opportunity to play with others and allows the chance to meet new friends of the 2 and 4 legged varieties. New surroundings with obstacles and toys for them to interact with is also very important for mental stimulation and growth. Certainly not the least, dogs are pack animals and the facility we have at Blue Dog Boarding and Daycare Rockville lends itself perfectly for pack environment.
If a dog always stays at home they never get much opportunity to learn and explore new environments; all they experience is what is in the house and whoever happens to visit the home. Their social skills are not refreshed and under utilized, therefore they begin to regress through lack of use. They become uncomfortable to any sort of change or anything new. The longer their environment and experiences remain narrow and not used, the dog begins to become socially inept.
If your dog has never been boarded, we recommend your dog comes in before the travel to become acclimated.