You’re going on an extended vacation and you’re worried about boarding your dog for the first time. After all, this is your fur baby and you want some peace of mind when leaving her behind. Boarding isn’t for everyone and perhaps in this instance, you have no other choice. You’ve done your homework and picked a dog kennel that suits both you and your dog’s needs. Here are a few ways to make the process smoother and ensure you don’t have a breakdown when you leave your dog behind.
- Make an appointment. Be sure that the kennel knows when you’re dropping off your dog and when you’ll be picking her up. Respect the kennel’s hours of operation and drop off and pick up your pooching during those time frames. If you’re running late, call to let them know.
- Pack your dog’s favorite things. This includes her toys, blanket and bed. If you’re afraid your pooch will miss you, leave a t-shirt with her. It will smell like you and she’ll be able to cuddle up with it at night to have sweet dreams. Don’t go overboard with over packing. Things may get lost and the staff will not want to be responsible for a trunk load of toys.
- Bring your own food and treats. This is especially important if your dog has a sensitive stomach. Again, bring enough for the duration of your dog’s stay. Put the food in a re-sealable container and leave instructions as to how much kibble your dog gets per day. As well, leave instructions if your dog needs to eat at certain times of the day.
- Your departure shouldn’t be dramatic. Nobody likes goodbyes, so make yours quick. A drawn-out and tearful fairway will only make things more stressful. Your dog will react to your energy, so as hard as it may be, try to remain cheerful and calm as you’re leaving.
- Always leave your contact information. The kennel staff will need your cell phone or a contact number where you can be reached while you’re away. They may have questions about your dog or an emergency that requires your attention.
- Don’t worry so much! Your dog is going to have a great time. She’ll be playing with other dogs all day, meeting new friends and getting plenty of exercise. In fact, don’t be surprise if your dog comes home all tuckered out. This was an energetic and exhausting vacation for her too!