Preparing your Dog for Boarding: What You Need to Know
Going away? Somewhere fun? Or possibly a work trip, weekend getaway?...wherever you end up going, you're leaving your home and your little buddy needs to be cared for. Whether it's attention, food, water, exercise, companionship, we at thee Town House got your covered.
Anxiety can go both ways - for the dog parents and dogs themselves. We hope this advice can help you transition your pet for a boarding stint, in a stress free way. And as we love to do - we'll break it down in list form!!!
1) Consider a Trial Run (or Overnight Stay)
As this author can tell you, I did it for my dog and it certainly helped her get familiar with all the rooms, play areas, sleep area, smells, people, etc. We recommend this option if time allows; especially for anxious doggies. Speaking of, if your dog is particularly nervous or prone to separation anxiety, a trial stay of at least 24 hours eases your dog into a new environment and a new daily routine. You may find that your dog will adjust much better when it comes time for a longer stay.
If a trial run isn't a good option for you, then we suggest coming to visit us with your dog for a short visit. We can show your dog around and discuss how to make them comfortable.
2) Do Your Research
Every dog has their own personality, preferences, fears and needs. We recommend doing some research to find an ideal & suitable boarding facility that makes both the owner and dog happy. When choosing a boarding kennel for your dog, you should choose one that offers:
Daily walks and regular exercise
Modern, spacious, and clean kennels
Well-established with a visible online reputation
Fully insured and licensed
Registered with the local authority
Has an outdoor play area for the dogs
Heating and air conditioning when needed
Psst - The Town House for Dogs & Cats has all of this. Just Sayin!
3) Make sure Medical Records are Up-To-Date
This one is vitally important. Any boarding facility will need the same as this protects your dog, yourself and everyone else at the facility. Make sure your dog has updated vaccine records. It’s important, and considerate to the other dogs, that you de-flea and worm your dog. You should also update your dog’s vaccinations at least two weeks prior to boarding. Both of these precautions are typically required before boarding. If not, try to get squeezed into a vet appointment ASAP before it's too late.
Follow these tips and you’ll help your dog have a much more pleasant stay, and you can enjoy peace of mind while you are away. If you have any questions about how you can best prepare your dog for a fun boarding experience, please reach out to the Town House.
4) Adjust your Dog's Sleeping Habits
Now this one is a little more straightforward. If your dog sleeps with you in your bed each night, you can expect him/her to be upset with sleeping alone at the boarding facility. Do your best to get them adjusted to sleeping by himself. If they cry when sleeping alone, you can expect them to cry when boarded.
Please reach out to the Town House for Dogs and Cats for any questions, advice or to schedule your pup's boarding stay. Call us for more information or make your appointment with the Town House today.
As always, thank you for being a member of our Town House.
Source: Doggysaurus, 2021