Your dog is like your child. You protect him carefully and don't let any harm come to him. So when you have to travel and leave him at the boarding facility for the first time, it's normal to feel a bit apprehensive. But rest assured; with the tips below, you can ensure your dog has a safe and enjoyable boarding experience and that you're able to take the experience in stride, too.
Choose a boarder with cameras.
Not knowing what your dog is doing during the day is sure to drive you crazy. You can make things easier on yourself by choosing a boarding facility that has cameras in the kennel. Generally, they will give you a link and a password to access a live stream on your smartphone. You can log in anytime and see what your dog is up to. The staff may even let you video chat with your dog at certain times of the day so neither of you feel so alone.
Take his blanket or food bowl with him.
Dogs feel more comfortable in a new environment when they have something familiar with them. So take your dog's favorite blanket, dog bed, or food bowl with you to the boarding facility. You can even take all three! Do not wash these before taking them to the boarder -- the point is to have them smell like your dog and your home.
Bring your own food and treats.
Many boarding facilities will provide food and treats for your dog if you opt for this. However, it will be easier on your dog if you bring your own food and treats. His stomach may be a bit sensitive when he first reaches a new place, and by providing his normal food, you'll help combat any digestive issues.
Leave contact information of a friend in town.
Ask a friend or family member who is staying in town to be your dog's "emergency contact." Ask the kennel to call this person if anything goes wrong. Knowing you have someone back home to take care of any strange issue that might arise will give you some peace of mind, making it easier for you to enjoy your vacation.
If you have any additional concerns about leaving your dog at the boarder for the first time, don't be afraid to bring them up to the staff at local pet boarding facilities. They're used to dealing with apprehensive owners and can give you the information you need to feel safe and secure about leaving your dog with them.Share
24 February 2017
After my 13 year old lab had surgery, I couldn't leave her home alone while I went to work. She had to be supervised to ensure that she didn't hurt herself and rip out her stitches. That was the first time that I even considered taking her to a pet day care center. I have grown to love the center that I take her to when I have to work long hours or have commitments that can take all day. If you have a dog that you don't or can't leave home alone, this blog can help you find a pet day care center for your pet and some tips for making the transition into day care easier for you and your pet.