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After we started thinking more seriously about expanding our family, my husband brought up the idea of getting a pet or two. While I was completely against the concept at first, I realized that it might be helpful for our children to warm up to the idea before having another sibling. We got a dog and our kids were tasked with the job of feeding it every day and doing other tasks, and it was amazing to see how much the animal helped our family to grow. Pets can be a wonderful addition to a home, which is why I made this blog. Check out these fun pet posts.

Selecting Better Pets

Dog Boarding: A Guide To Ensuring A Happy Stay For Your Canine Companion

Natalie Baker

Leaving your furry friend behind while you are away can be a stressful experience for both you and your dog. However, with the right planning and preparation, dog boarding can be a positive and enriching experience for your canine companion. Below are some essential tips and guidelines to ensure a happy and comfortable stay for your dog while you are away.

Research and Choose the Right Boarding Facility

Before selecting a boarding facility, do thorough research to find one that meets your dog's specific needs. Consider factors such as reputation, cleanliness, staff-to-dog ratio, facilities, and the availability of veterinary care. Tour the facility beforehand to assess its environment and ask questions about its services, exercise routines, feeding schedules, and any other concerns you may have.

Plan an Introduction Visit

Once you have chosen a boarding facility, plan an introductory visit with your dog. This visit allows your dog to become familiar with the environment, staff, and possibly some of the other dogs. It also provides an opportunity for you to observe the staff's interaction with the dogs and gauge the compatibility of the facility with your dog's needs.

Prepare Your Dog

Ensure your dog is up to date on vaccinations, including the Bordetella vaccine, which helps protect against kennel cough. Provide the boarding facility with copies of your dog's medical records, emergency contact information, and any special dietary or medication requirements. If your dog has anxiety or specific behavioral needs, inform the staff in advance, so they can provide appropriate care and attention.

Pack Familiar Comforts

To help your dog feel secure and relaxed, pack some familiar items from home, such as their bed, blanket, or favorite toy. These familiar scents and objects can provide a sense of comfort and reassurance in an unfamiliar environment. Additionally, provide enough of your dog's regular food to last the duration of their stay to maintain consistency in their diet.

Exercise and Mental Stimulation

Adequate exercise and mental stimulation are vital for your dog's well-being. Inquire about the boarding facility's exercise routines and ensure your dog will receive daily exercise and playtime. This will help keep your dog physically and mentally engaged, reducing the chances of boredom or anxiety.

Follow Up Care

After picking up your dog, observe their behavior and health for a few days. Some dogs may experience temporary adjustments or stress-related symptoms after boarding. If you notice any concerning changes, consult your veterinarian for guidance.

By following these guidelines, you can provide your furry friend with a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable stay while you are away.

Contact a local company to learn more about dog boarding.