You’ve done your research, made your travel plans, booked your tickets and all that’s left is to pack. But what about your dog? Preparing them for boarding is essential to ensure their well-being and comfort during your absence. Here are some tips to help you get your dog ready for a positive boarding experience:
Visit the Boarding Facility in advance: arrange a time prior to the boarding date to familiarise your dog with the surroundings and meet the staff. It can help reduce anxiety for your dog, and you too.
Update Vaccinations: ensure that your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations, and provide the boarding facility with all necessary health records in advance.
Provide Emergency Contacts: share your contact information and the contact details of a trusted friend or family member with the boarding facility. Ensure they can be reached in case of any emergency.
Share Behavioural Information: inform the boarding staff about your dog’s behaviour, habits, and any specific likes or dislikes. This information can help them better care for your pet, and avoid stressful incidents.
Follow the Boarding Facility’s Rules: adhere to the rules and guidelines provided by the boarding facility. This ensures the safety and well-being of all pets in their care.
Trial Overnight Stays: if possible, have your dog stay overnight at the facility before the actual boarding period. This can help your dog get used to the new environment and reduce anxiety. It also shows them that boarding is temporary, and that you will return for them.
Maintain Regular Feeding Schedule: if your dog is a fussy eater, or prone to anxiety, stick to their regular feeding routine. Provide food and detailed feeding instructions, including the type and amount of food, to the boarding staff.
Keep a Routine Before Boarding: maintain your dog’s regular exercise routine leading up to boarding. A tired dog is often a calmer and less anxious dog.
Stay Calm and Positive: dogs can sense your emotions, so try to stay calm and positive when dropping off your dog. Reassure them with a cheerful voice and body language.
Pick Up Routine: when picking up your dog, be prompt and maintain a happy demeanor. This helps your dog associate the boarding experience with positive outcomes.
Positive Reinforcement: reward your dog for positive behaviour during visits to the boarding facility. This creates a positive association with the place and makes it a more enjoyable experience for your pet.
By taking these steps, you can help ease your dog into the boarding experience and make it a more positive and stress-free time for them. It will also set them up to enjoy boarding throughout their lives, allowing you to relax whenever you need to leave them in care.