Boarding your dog: There’s a lot to think about when it comes to your annual summer vacation. When to go, where, what to do and how long you are going to be away for. And for those of us with pets there’s another consideration to make. Will you take your dog away with you or book him into canine camp?
To help with the decision, here are ten top tips all dog owners should think about when choosing a kennel for their four-footed friend.
1. Research kennels thoroughly and make a shortlist based on positive word-of-mouth. Ask if you can visit to check out the facilities before committing. If the proprietor refuses or is unfriendly, cross those kennels off your list.
2. Decide what’s important for your dog during his stay and check in advance whether special dietary requirements, coat care, exercise and dispensing of any medication can be undertaken. Ask about the amount of exercise your dog will receive and whether it’s on- or off-leash and individual or with other dogs. How often are the kennels cleaned (if they smell bad – steer clear) and how many staff work there?
3. Don’t leave it too late to book. All dog boarding establishments get busy during peak vacation times, so plan ahead.
4. Double-check your dog’s shots are up-to-date and that his vaccination card is stamped accordingly. He should also have the kennel cough vaccine, ideally 10-14 days before boarding.
5. If it’s your dog’s first time in kennels, ask the proprietor about the possibility of a trial run to see how he copes. It’s a good idea to get dogs used to a kennel environment from puppyhood so they accept it as a normal part of their routine.
6. Before taking your pet to the kennels, ensure he’s been wormed and you’ve used a flea treatment for dogs. You might be charged extra if the staff have to de-flea your pet.
7. Some boarding establishments provide dog beds and bedding but check this first as it’s preferable to take something with a familiar scent – such as your dog’s blanket or an item of your old clothing – to reassure him. Ask if you can leave his favorite toy, too.
8. Drop your dog off at the kennels early so he has time to settle into his new environment. Leave quietly and quickly without showing any emotion as your dog may pick up on negative feelings and become anxious.
9. When collecting your dog, try not to allow him to get too excited and upset the other boarders.
10. Bear in mind it might take your dog a couple of days to re-adjust to his home environment. Don’t make a fuss but ensure he has his usual belongings around him. He may initially display different behavior, such as unexplained marking of territory. Just ease him back into his normal routine gradually.
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