Posted by Lora Shaw on August 30, 2013
Vacation is your time to unwind and escape the stresses of your busy life. Why not make your time away just as enjoyable for your dog? They deserve a vacation as well!
Boarding your dog when you’re out of town is a great way to ensure that they are thoughtfully cared for while you’re away. To keep both of your vacations as stress-free as possible, our team at Pet Palace wants to provide you with five things that you can do to prepare your dog before boarding!
If your dog is particularly nervous or prone to separation anxiety, it’s a good idea to plan a trial boarding stay. The trial stay of at least 24 hours eases your dog into a new environment and a new daily routine. You may find that your dog will adjust much better when it comes time for a longer stay in the future.
If your dog sleeps with you in your bed each night, you can expect him or her to be upset with sleeping alone at the boarding facility. Do your best to get them adjusted to sleeping alone. If they cry when sleeping alone, you can expect them to cry when they’re boarded.
Regardless of the creature comforts your chosen boarding facility provides, there’s nothing like the comfort of home. Bring a familiar rug for your dog to sleep on, as it will help them feel more secure. The facility may allow you to bring your dog’s bed, so ask in advance.
Does your dog have a favorite toy? If so, bring that as well! Any little reminders of home can help your dog feel less stressed and more comfortable while you are away.
If your schedule permits, drop your dog off at the boarding facility early in the morning. This gives them the entire day to adjust to their surroundings before it’s time to bed down for the night.
It’s important, and considerate to the other dogs, that you de-flea and de-worm your dog. You should also update your dog’s vaccinations at least two weeks prior to boarding. Both of these precautions are typically required before boarding.
Follow these tips and you’ll help your dog have a much more pleasant stay, and you can enjoy peace of mind while you are on your vacation!
If you are looking for a comfortable and inviting environment for your dog to stay in, our facilities are the ideal place to meet your dog’s needs.
Our caring and fun-loving staff is dedicated to providing your pet with unwavering love and support while you are away, all in the form of playful days, peaceful nights, and plenty of luxurious accommodations.
At Pet Palace, we want to ensure that your dog’s stay with us will be anything but “ruff,” as we specialize in treating your pets like royalty.
If you have any questions about how you can best prepare your dog for a fun boarding experience, reach out to us today. We look forward to hearing from you!
About the author
Lora Shaw is currently the Vice President of Operations at Pet Palace.