How to Make Pet Boarding a Success

How to Make Pet Boarding a Success

iStock_000017437440_SmallIf you’re planning a vacation this summer, it’s likely you’ll be leaving your pet in the caring and capable hands of a pet boarding facility, such as our own. However, boarding your pet can cause some anxiety, both for you and your pets. As you prepare to say bon voyage to your four-legged friend, you’ll want to make sure your pet has everything he or she needs to be comfortable and enjoy the time away from home.

Here are a few things to consider when planning for your pet’s stay:

  • Comfort Items – Many pets do better with boarding when they have a little something with them that reminds them of home. Packing something that smells like you will help your pet transition from home to boarding a little more smoothly. A familiar blanket, an old, un-laundered shirt, or even a familiar toy will usually do the trick. Your pet will appreciate having something with him as a reminder of home and you. A word of caution, though; don’t send your pet’s favorite blankets or toys. We can’t guarantee that whatever you send will be returned, nor do you want your pet to start a turf war over a favorite toy. Pick an item that is familiar, yet can be considered as “sacrificial”.
  • Routine – While we do offer our guests plenty of opportunities to exercise, please let us know if there are any special considerations for your pet’s routine that we should know about. We will do our best to work with you and your pet to keep his or her schedule consistent.
  • Medications – Be certain to pack any medications your pet will need while you’re away. It may seem obvious, but as you’re packing, it may be easy to forget. Please be sure that the medication is clearly labeled with dosage instructions.
  • Saying Goodbye – How you say so-long to your pet is one of the most important parts of your pet’s boarding success. If you’re stressed, emotional, or worried, your pet will pick up on that, and likely feel the same way. Give your big hugs before you leave the house, and keep your goodbye short and sweet when dropping your pet off. A quick, happy, pat on the head and a “be a good dog” will go far in letting your pet know that there is nothing to fear.
  • Other Pet Boarding Considerations

    If your pet has boarding anxiety (or if you do), considering coming in for a tour of our boarding facility before the big stay arrives. Let your pet sniff out the smells and meet the people who will be caring for him or her while you are away. This will help your pet feel like he or she is coming to a familiar place full of new friends, instead of a strange place full of strange people.

    While your pet is in our care, you may also want to opt to have him or her groomed as well. We do offer pet bathing, nail trims, and anal gland expression, and can have your dog shiny and smelling good for pick-up.

    If you have not yet made reservations for your pet’s stay, do so now. Many popular travel dates fill up fast, and booking well ahead of time can help to guarantee that there is room at the inn for your four-legged friend.

    If you need to make a reservation, or if you have any other questions or concerns regarding pet boarding, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.


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