Several studies show that taking a vacation is important for various reasons, foremost being a positive impact on mental health. But one of the things that always bothers us before a vacation is who will care for our beloved dogs while we are away. Especially those who may not have family or friends to take care of their dogs. A good option is to consider boarding your dogs. However, for dogs who aren’t used to going to a day care or haven’t boarded before, some preparation is required. In this article we will share 5 tips to prepare your dogs for boarding.
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Consider a boarding trial
A trial is a good way to help your dog get used to the idea of boarding. Before leaving them at a boarding facility all at once just before your travel, it might be a good idea to start with a one-day or a few days of trial. This will help them get used to the place of boarding. But select the place of boarding carefully, one that meets your dog’s emotional, social and physical requirements.
Pack things to make their stay comfortable
While there’s no place like home, when you are boarding your dog at a facility pack certain things to make their stay comfortable. Besides the essentials such as food and medicines (if any), pack some of their favourite toys, bed, blanket. You can also add a few pieces of your clothing that will give them a sense of familiarity.
Share clear instructions
Once you have selected a boarding facility, share clear instructions with them about your dog’s food timings, if there are any special needs such as medication as well as exercise and walking needs. If you are expecting regular photos and videos of your dog, mention that too. This will help in clearly setting expectations with the boarding facility.
Plan a morning drop off
The day you are planning to drop them off, plan it in the morning if possible. This will give your dog a full day to settle in the new environment before they are ready for bed at night. If your dog is anxious and suffers from separation anxiety, a full day of being at a new place will help them get accustomed.
Share your dog’s updated vaccination record
Sharing your dog’s updated vaccination record is mandatory when they are boarding. While the facility will ask you for these details, even if they don’t, remember to submit the details anyway. Sometimes the boarding facility might require you to sign a form which might make some people [like me] feel uncomfortable but almost always it’s a standard formality.
Now that you know the 5 tips to prepare your dogs for boarding, it will hopefully become easier for you to plan a vacation to unwind while your pooches enjoy a staycation.
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