Posted by Lora Shaw on June 13, 2022
Whether your dog or cat is new to the family or they’ve been around for years, it’s never easy to part ways for an extended period of time. However, there are steps you can take to prepare your pet so that they are comfortable and can truly enjoy their boarding experience, creating less stress for both you and them during your time apart!
As pet lovers and owners ourselves, we know that overnight pet boarding means your dog or cat is going to miss you when you’re on the road or out of town; however, we’re confident their time apart from you can be well spent at an overnight pet boarding hotel!
In this post, we’ve put together a checklist of things you can do to prepare for your dog or cat’s first overnight boarding experience. Let’s take a look!
As a first-timer, it’s important to do your research and find a facility that your dog or cat will thrive in. For example, if your dog is high energy, you may opt for a boarding facility with a large outdoor space.
Some places – like Pet Palace – will even offer webcam packages, allowing you to keep an eye on your pooch as they play with their new friends! Once you narrow down your options, you’re one step closer to finding overnight dog boarding or overnight cat boarding ideal for your needs.
We always recommend doing an initial tour or assessment to allow pets the opportunity to sniff around and familiarize themselves with their surroundings.
In addition to a visit, it’s a good idea to drop your pet off for a full or half day of daycare prior to overnight boarding. This allows them to get comfortable with the facility and interacting with other pets.
Lastly, ask questions! We’re sure you’re curious about all that overnight dog boarding and overnight cat boarding entails, so definitely connect with the facility’s staff to learn more about what you can expect.
It’s possible that during your pet’s stay the staff will have questions or need to contact you. It’s crucial that you provide accurate contact info as well as any details about your trip that may prevent the staff from getting in touch with you.
For the safety and well-being of your dog or cat, it’s recommended that you ensure their vaccinations are up to date prior to dropping them off. Overnight pet boarding can be a great experience for dogs and cats, but even more so when they are healthy and protected!
To ensure your pet has a thrilling experience from drop off to pick up, it’s a good idea to educate the staff on their needs and/or preferences.
For example, if your small dog is not a fan of roughing it up with the big dogs, be open and honest about this fact with the boarding facility’s staff. This way, the staff can be cognizant of which playrooms and activities will be best for your dog. It’s a win-win for everyone!
If we’re being honest, the absolute best part about overnight pet boarding is when you reunite with your furry friends after they’ve spent a few glorious days living it up in your absence.
While we understand the time away from your pet can be hard, we are confident that if you follow the steps we’ve provided above, you can ensure a smooth, seamless overnight pet boarding experience for you and your dog or cat! Knowing that they’ve had the time of their lives will make that hug all the sweeter.
Pet Palace Resort takes pride in providing a luxurious overnight pet boarding experience for dogs and cats. Booking in advance, especially during the summer months and holiday season, will ensure that your pet has a comfy place to stay while you enjoy a well-deserved vacation.
About the author
Lora Shaw is currently the Vice President of Operations at Pet Palace.