It’s summertime! For most people, it is time for fun in the sun, hiking, and all kinds of outdoor activities to take advantage of good weather. And for others, it is a much-needed vacation, often without your dog.
In which case, you’re going to have to find a trusted friend or a boarding center. Boarding center these days are a far cry from the old, dingy kennels of old. Bright, cherry, and with tons of off-leash areas for the dogs to romp, many modern boarding centers look like doggy spas!
If you’re concerned about leaving your dog in a boarding center, fret not. Here are a few tips.
Make sure your pup is up to date on preventative medications
Most reputable boarding centers will require you to show proof of vaccinations such as the yearly shots and rabies. In addition, many will ask to see flea and tick prevention. There’s nothing worse than a disease outbreak in a crowded boarding center!
Ensure your dog has ID tags and a microchip
At the barest minimum, your dog should have an ID tag and microchip. The ID tag should be securely fastened to his collar and be able to withstand rough play (think, tons of dogs grabbing each other’s necks).
A microchip is a small device that is implanted under the skin of an animal. The chip itself is about the size of a grain of rice and contains a unique ID number that can be linked to the animal’s owner.
Microchips are now required by law in many states in the US, and for good reason.
Bring your dog’s familiar things
Just like people, pets need their own space where they feel safe and comfortable. Try bringing some of your dog’s toys, favorite chews, and definitely his bed and bedding.
Toys offer a sense of security, while beds provide a sense of comfort and belonging. Dogs often form strong attachments to their toys and beds because they represent a safe space.
When your dog is feeling anxious or stressed, his toys and bed will provide him with the comfort he needs to feel better.
Keep the goodbyes short
If you are upset and stressed about leaving your dog behind, trust me, your dog will be too! As much as you’d like to fawn over your dog and hug him goodbye, keep your goodbyes short and sweet, especially is your dog is extremely attached to you and will be struggling with separation anxiety if you aren’t around.
Dogs can easily pick up on your feelings and if you’re upset, he will be too, without even knowing why.
Make sure you pick the right boarding center
Boarding your dog can be a daunting task. But with a little bit of research, you can find the perfect boarding center for your furry friend. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a boarding center:
First, make sure that the boarding center is licensed and insured. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your dog will be well-cared for in the event of an accident or illness.
Second, ask about the staff-to-dog ratio. You want to make sure that your dog will receive plenty of attention and care while boarding.
Third, ask about the facility’s cleaning and disinfection procedures. You want to be sure that your dog will be staying in a clean, safe environment.
Finally, tour the facility before making a decision. This will allow you to see firsthand how the boarding center operates and meet the staff who will be caring for your dog.
By following these tips, you can find the perfect boarding center for your dog.