When you’re planning a trip away from home, it’s important to know that your dog will be well cared for, safe, and happy. Whether your dog will be staying with a pet sitter or in a boarding facility, finding a place that has your dog’s best interest at heart will give you peace of mind while you enjoy your own vacation.
When you’re choosing a boarding facility there are a few things you should check out. You’ll also want to prepare your dog for boarding to limit their stress (especially if you’re boarding them for the first time).
Here are some dog boarding tips to help you find the right place and help your dog feel comfortable at their home away from home.
Consider whether your dog has the right temperament for staying at a boarding facility. If the dogs are in daycare during the day at the facility, your dog will need to have good social skills. If your dog doesn’t enjoy the company of other dogs, look for a boarding facility that keeps the dogs separate or hire a pet sitter who can stay in your home instead.
Each dog is unique, so matching a boarding facility’s amenities with your dog’s needs will help to set them up for a successful stay. Dogs with separation anxiety need extra preparation before being boarded. Spending time at the new facility to acclimate and get to know the staff can be very helpful. Choose a facility that allows trial visits and is willing to spend the extra time needed to help your dog feel more comfortable.
Vaccinations are the most cost-effective and safest way to prevent diseases from spreading. Places where dogs are in close proximity to one another, such as a boarding facility, are at a higher risk of having an outbreak. Check your dog’s vaccination records or contact your veterinarian to make sure they are up-to-date on their vaccinations.
A reputable boarding facility will require all of their dogs to be current on the following vaccines:
Year-round parasite prevention is important as well — you don’t want your dog bringing home any fleas or ticks or getting diseases these parasites transmit. Ensure that your dog is on a prevention program that covers them for external parasites like fleas and ticks, as well as internal parasites like heartworm and intestinal worms. A good boarding kennel will require all of the animals in their care to be on continuous parasite prevention.
The best way to screen a boarding facility is to take a tour and ask about their dog boarding requirements. At a minimum, a boarding kennel should: