1. Start boarding your pet at an early age. If you wait until
they are 5 years of age and up, they can have a difficult
time adjusting . If a dog is 5 - 8 years or older, and boarding
for the first time, we suggest a short trial boarding period
for a dayboard or a short weekend. During the trial board we can see whether
he/she will adjust to a longer term. Dogs older than 12
years of age, and never boarded before can often present
a challenge for the kennel operator. We suggest that you
consult with both us and your veterinarian prior to boarding
to assure everyone that the pet is in good health and that
the inherent stress of boarding would not prove to be overwhelming
for you and your pet.
2. When you decide that boarding is for you, make a personal
visit to all the kennels. Only you can decide which kennel
is for you. A physical tour of the kennel
will introduce the kennel's staff and give you an opportunity
to see just how they will be taking care of your pet. You
will also be able to see just how clean the facility is,
how much staff they employ, what extra or A La' Carte Services
are available. Choose a kennel that allows YOU to
structure your pet's routine. Most better professional kennels
will provide you with a wide range of service options for
your pet. Remember, however, that kennels MUST have a
structured daily routine to accomplish their services.
Work with the kennel to blend your requests into their capabilities.
For a description of our daily routine please visit our
page " A Day At the
3. Find out from the kennel what you should bring, some kennels
will want you to bring your own food, treats, and others
will tell you to bring nothing. We encourage people to bring
their pet's food, (see our page on
dietary changes and problems), treats, one toy (no balls),
and anything that will make your pet's stay more enjoyable.
4. On the day of check-in, give the kennel a call and make
sure that all detail (such as shot requirements,
feeding instructions, bedding choices,
or extra services which you requested)
are on file and in place. This will speed your check-in
procedures. When you arrive, PLEASE keep your pet on a leash. This is extremely important since although your pet may be friendly around other pets, it is always possible that the "other" pets in the office my not be as polite! When checking in your pet in, try not to make your pet
feel like he's being left behind, accompanied with a lot
of tears,and guilt, because your dog can sense your feelings,
and will think there is something wrong. He will become
frightened and fearful, thinking you are abandoning him,
and will have a difficult adjustment period for the first
day or two. The proper thing to do is to reassure your pet
that everything is all right, with a pat on the head, and
tell him/her that you will be back soon. When you are preparing
for your trip (packing your bags & the car) tell your
pet that he is "ready to go to camp". Make the
experience an upbeat and positive experience.
5. Give the Kennel Attendant checking your pet in as much information as possible
about your pet, along with past health problems and any medication
that he/she might be on.
6.Check your Kennel's policies and
hours. These items are important and your knowledge of them will help avoid possible misunderstandings vital to your pet's care.