If you’ve got a furry friend, going on vacation can be anything but relaxing.
When you leave for a few days or more, this means your dog will have to spend time in a kennel, away from their loving family. Your pet means everything to you, so it’s vital that you put them in the right hands and make sure they’re ready for the big trip.
If you’re boarding a dog for the first time, here are some tips to plan ahead and make sure everything is organized–so you can rest easy on your vacation knowing that your pup is well cared for.
Reach out to pet owners that you know in your area and ask about their experience with doggie daycares. Different boarding facilities will be right for different dogs–and you want to make sure they’re reputable, friendly, and will take great care of your pet.
You can also search online for any highly recommended places in your area. Then make a list of pros and cons.
Once you’ve compiled a good list, it’s time to stop by each one in person. Observe the location and take notes about the property
The top priority is making sure that the facility is well maintained, well staffed, and prepared to keep your pet healthy and safe.
Make sure your dog is up to date on the latest vaccinations. Bring a copy of your pet’s health records and adoption or sale information. You can register your animal immediately.
Your dog may also need to be vaccinated for kennel cough (bordetella) before being dropped off. Consult with your veterinarian or the boarding staff to find out what your dog needs to be up to date. Get your vaccinations at least a week before it’s time to board your dog.
The most important part is making sure that your dog is emotionally ready for the trip. Be sure to socialize your dog with other dogs often–they need to be ready to socialize well with other animals.
If they have any behavioral problems, issues with certain kinds of dogs, or if they need additional preparation to be introduced to the other boarded animals, let the staff know.
You can also leave behind some of their favorite toys to keep them entertained, as well as things to chew on. For longer trips, you can even leave a piece of home with your dog. Something like a t-shirt you often wear or a special blanket can help remind your dog of home and keep them from feeling separation anxiety
When prepping for a trip, it’s important to weigh all your options so you can make the best choice for you and your best friend. Boarding a dog for the first time can be stressful–so it’s important to take your time to prepare.
As long as you’ve checked out the facility and prepped your dog for the boarding process, your furry friend will be just fine without you. With these tips, you can drop your dog off and enjoy your time away.
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