Preparing your dog for boarding for the first time can be a stressful experience for both you and your furry friend. However, with proper planning and preparation, you can help ensure that your dog has a comfortable and enjoyable stay at the boarding. Here are some tips to help prepare for boarding:
Choosing the right boarding facility: There are different kind of boarding facilities for dogs. Understand the temperament of your dog and choose a boarding facility accordingly. Consider your dog's temperament and how they may react to being in a new environment with unfamiliar people and other dogs. If your dog loves being around people, even if they are strangers, then home-boarding is a good option. Dog may feel lonely in a kennel. Kennels can be restrictive, over-crowded and overwhelming for the dog. If your dog does not like meeting new people, and can get aggressive - then kennels can be explored. Make sure the facility is clean, hygienic and well-ventilated. In case of home-boarding option, make sure the host is experienced and loves dogs.
Vaccinations: Ensure your dog's vaccinations are up to date. Rabies, Distemper, Parvo, Kennel Cough are few basics vaccines, essential for your dog's health.
Tick and Flea treatment: It's a good idea to administer the tick and flea treatment at least a few days before you plan to board your dog so that the treatment has time to become effective. It's important to take preventative measures to protect your dog from exposure to tick and flea.
Visit the Boarding facility beforehand. Schedule a visit with your dog before boarding. This is to check the place and to make your dog familiar with the place. Meet and Greet is a mandatory step before boarding with tailZ. The dog, the host and the pet-parent need to be comfortable before going ahead with the boarding.
Daycare before long boarding: If possible, schedule a few day care visits or short overnight stays before the actual boarding, to get your dog used to the new environment. Regular daycares are recommended by trainers to build dog confidence and to manage separation anxiety in dogs. tailZ encourages customers to try daycare before boarding.
Pack familiar items: Pack your dog's favorite toys, bedding, and treats to help them feel more comfortable and at home.
Medications: If your dog requires any medications, be sure to provide clear instructions and enough medication for the entire boarding period. Explain how to administer the medication during the meet and greet visit.
Emergency contact information: Share emergency contact information with the host
Behavioral information: Let the host know about any behavioral issues your dog may have, such as separation anxiety or fear of other dogs. Share as much information as possible- it helps the host make the dog comfortable.
Daily routine: Share your dog's daily routine- exercise and playtime, food, pee and poop routine.
Food habits: Share your dog's dietary requirements and ensure the host or the boarding house are able to provide the required diet. In some cases, you may have to provide the required food.
Finally, leave your dog with a positive attitude. Dogs can sense your emotions, so try to remain calm and positive when dropping off your dog. This will help ease any anxiety your dog may be feeling. Travel guilt-free, try home-boarding with tailZ. Book home-boarding now!