If you are feeling anxious about boarding your dog, you most certainly aren’t alone. Most owners feel an understandable sense of apprehension when it comes to leaving the care of their precious pet in the hands of someone else. As a responsible and caring owner, you just want to know that your dog will remain happy and healthy while you are apart. To help ensure that this is a reality, here are 5 tips for boarding your dog.
• Ensure his vaccinations and preventative care is up to date
Kennels represent a high-risk situation when it comes to the health of your dog. This is because there are a number of animals living in very close proximity, and often coming into contact with one another during playtimes, exercise and socialization sessions. This provides the perfect opportunity for the spread of contagious viruses and diseases, particularly since canines aren’t all too concerned about what they will sniff and lick.
By ensuring that your dog’s vaccinations and other preventative care is up to date, you will not only prevent your own furbaby from catching a serious and even potentially deadly illness, but you will also help stop the spread of disease within the kennel and beyond its borders.
• Take some comforting items from home
You will be allowed to help your dog to settle in by bringing in a few items from home that he can keep in his individual accommodation. This could include his favorite bedding or blanket, a favored water or food bowel or his beloved toy. Sometimes owners like to leave something with their scent behind to help with extra reassurance.
• Don’t change his food
Most experienced owners will know that a sudden change in what your pet is eating can cause his stomach all manner of upset – not something you want at any point, but especially not when he is away from you. Make sure you find out what food options are provided by the kennel, and if there is nothing suitable, speak to them about providing your own food. This consistency will also help your dog to settle more easily and you will have less worry about whether or not he is eating while you are away.
• Book a trial run
If you have never boarded your dog before, both you and - when he cottons on to what is going on – he, will be understandably anxious. The thought of leaving your furbaby somewhere he might not be happy, or coping, is too much to bear for some owners.
To help minimize stress and discover how well your dog might adapt to boarding, consider opting for a ‘trial run’ of the process, particularly if he is going to be staying for more than just a couple of nights. Many kennels will allow you to tour the facility with your canine ahead of their stay, and you may even be able to book in a one-night stay for him to help familiarize him with what will happen.
• Don’t make a fuss when you say goodbye
One of the biggest mistakes made by owners is making a massive fuss when they leave their furbaby at kennels. While wanting to hold them close and let them know how much they are loved is understandable, dogs are very good at reading your emotional climate and if you feel upset and stressed, so will he. It is much better to treat the entire drop-off process the same as you would if you were popping to the shop or going to work. By not acting any differently, your dog will feel reassured knowing that, since you returned all the other times you left like that, you will come back for him this time too!
If you are ever leaving San Antonio, Texas, do not hesitate to contact our hospital for boarding services.