Ways to Prepare Your Dog for Boarding

It’s no doubt that the last few months have been a strange time for us all, but now normality’s nearing, we hope that the latter half of the year can provide some hope and excitement after much unexpected change, whether that be seeing loved ones again, heading to your favourite restaurant or jetting off onto a well-deserved holiday

Holiday is your time to unwind and escape the stresses of your busy life. Why not make your break away just as enjoyable for your dog? They deserve a holiday as well!

Boarding your dog when you’re out of town is a great way to ensure that your dog is thoughtfully cared for while you’re away.  To keep both of your holidays as stress-free as possible, here are several things that you can do to prepare your dog before boarding:

Consider a Boarding Trial

If your dog is particularly nervous or prone to separation anxiety, it’s a good idea to plan a trial boarding stay. The 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.

Adjust Your Dog’s Sleeping Habits

If your dog sleeps with you in your bed each night, you can expect him to be upset with sleeping alone at the boarding facility. Do your best to get him adjusted to sleeping by himself. If he cries when sleeping alone, you can expect him to cry when he’s boarded.

Keep Your Dog Comfortable

Regardless of the creature comforts your chosen boarding facility provides, there’s nothing like the comfort of home. Bring a familiar rug for your dog to sleep on. It will help them feel more secure. The facility may allow you to bring your dog’s bed, so ask in advance.

Drop Off Your Dog in the Morning

If your schedule permits, drop your dog off at the boarding facility early in the morning. This gives them the entire day to adjust to their surroundings before its time to bed down for the night.

Visit Your Dog’s Veterinarian

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.

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 on your holidays.  If you have any questions about how you can best prepare your dog for a fun boarding boarding experience, give SuPaw Nanny a call!

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