5 Hacks to Make Boarding Your Pet Easier on Everyone
Whether you’re going out of town for just a couple of days or a couple of weeks, you may be considering taking your pet to a boarding facility. As with any sort of immediate change to your pet’s routine, you may experience adverse behavior from your furry friend. To help make the transition into the boarding home environment as smooth as possible, here are five of our best hacks to follow.
Make Sure Vaccinations Are Up-To-Date
Most boarding facilities require that your dog is up to date on their vaccinations before they’re allowed to stay there. The most common vaccinations that your pet must have include distemper, rabies, canine influenza, and kennel cough. It’s best to check in with a facility that you’ll be boarding your pup with ahead of time to figure out what sort of vaccinations are required so that you can get them done and have the paperwork to prove it. When you have these done ahead of time, you won’t have to worry about being rejected from a boarding facility at the last minute or trying to schedule a last-minute vaccination appointment with your local vet.
As part of the boarding experience, your pet will be expected to stay in a kennel at certain times. It’s a good idea to have a crate in your home. This will allow you to get your puppy adjusted to life in a crate, so there’s a much easier transition at the kennel. You should aim to leave your puppy alone for a few hours in the kennel a couple of days a week leading up to your trip. This can help to ensure that they can hold their bladder and are okay with spending time by themselves. Since most boarding facilities require that your pup is in their crate during the evening hours, it’s a good idea to have them sleep in a crate for the days leading up to your trip.
Ask For A Practice Session
One of the best things that you can do to make the transition even smoother for your pup is to ask the boarding facility for a practice session. This involves you bringing your pup to the facility and letting them hang out with the other dogs for a few hours or even a full day. This practice run will allow you to identify any issues that your pup has that they need to fix before their next boarding facility experience. It will also help them get used to being in that sort of environment without you present.
Pack Up Their Food
While the boarding facility will obviously have nutritional food for your pop, it’s not a good idea to switch their food. If the kennel offers a different brand of food than your pup is currently used to, you’ll need to pack their food for the trip. Just changing the environment that your pup is in for days or weeks is enough to stress them out. You don’t want to add to that stress by giving them a different brand of dog food than they’re used to. This immediate change could lead to adverse conditions like diarrhea.
Update Their Flea Prevention Medication
Another preparation tip that you want to use is to update your pup’s flea protection. Remember that they’re going to be in a boarding kennel with many other dogs, which increases their likelihood of getting fleas or other bugs. You should take a look at their last treatment and figure out if they should get one prior to going to the kennel. For example, if you’re on your last month of their flea and tick collar, you may want to update the collar so that it’s at its strongest when dropping them off at the kennel. Again, make sure that you don’t switch up the brand that you’re using, as this could lead to an allergic reaction from your dog.
Making the transition into a boarding kennel can be a rough trip for your pup. If you follow the tips that we outlined above, you can help to make that transition a lot smoother. Remember that you want to keep in mind the perspective of your pup, the facility, and your own schedule to ensure that you act with the right intentions when preparing your pup for their boarding visit.