We have just introduced Human & Dogs Sleeping Zones. Just like at home, dogs sleep with humans right beside them, all night long. At the Resort, Professional Dog Caregiver's monitor your dog 24 x 7, and we adjust their care based on how deeply they slept. Why is this important when you're away? We know that dogs have varying levels of stress when they are away from you and sleeping in a new environment adds to the stress and dogs can become quite scared.
New science has shown that better sleep equals better judgement in dogs. Meaning, when your dog is faced with a choice, he is able to use his memories and knowledge to make the best decision.
We wanted to introduce a new way to provide restorative sleep. It has always been important as seen in our Bedtime Service (bedtime stories, massages, zen music and cuddles). Now, we add to our enhanced services, introducing a sleeping zone where we can settle your dog on a cozy bed right beside a professional caregiver, all night long. It is the next step to making your dog happy when you are away. We ensure that any Dog Guest does not have to fight for space, and that they stay warm and cosy all night (yes, we tuck them in to a faux-fur blanket in the winter). We monitor if they are sleeping deeply or restlessly and we have been known to soothe those that are having bad dreams. We also adjust their daytime activities to include longer nap times to be as bright and happy as possible.
As a "Care Facility," things like our Restorative Sleep Program is constantly improved upon and adjusted. Unlike Dog Boarding facilities, where kennels will have one or two dogs panicking through the night, frightened to be all alone, and bark repetively throughout the night, we offer an alternative. We are also unlike Dog Camps, who provide unmonitored, "cage-free" environments which becomes a free-for-all for any aggressive dogs once night falls, often leaving your best friend to fend for him or herself.
When planning your away time, consider the sleeping environment for your Dog's happiness and safety.
'Sparky' Smith is a Canine Behaviorist and Practioner, educated through the International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour, earning her ISCP.DIP.CANINE.PRAC.