Dog Boarding Checklist

 

Now that you’ve planned for your dog to stay at a boarding center while you travel, you need to make sure that you’ve packed all the essentials. No matter which kennel you’ve chosen to board your furry one, the following items are a must-have to ensure a good stay.

 

VACCINE RECORDS

Make sure your dog is up to date on all of their vaccines (Rabies, Parvo/Distemper, and Bordetella) and that you have proof of them. Most boarding centers will not allow dogs that don’t have proof of vaccines.

 

 

PARASITE TREATMENT

Even if the boarding center you chose didn’t ask for them, we highly recommend having your dog treated for the prevention of fleas, lice, and ticks before boarding. You can always consult your veterinarian about which parasite treatment would be best for your pet.

 

FOOD (WITH FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS)

Be sure to pack enough for the duration of your dog’s stay, then add a little bit more just in case you encounter any delays during your trip or time away. Dogs’ stomachs are quite sensitive to sudden food changes, therefore it’s best to have the food they’re used to. Also, make sure to give a very detailed feeding schedule with the food. How many times a day does your dog eat? How many cups? Do you mix wet and dry food? The more information you give, the easier it will be for the boarding center to keep your dog’s regular food routine.

 

HOME COMFORTS

Staying at a boarding center can be stressful for some dogs. To help comfort them, include an item from home. Whether it’s their bed, favorite blanket, go-to toys, or even an old shirt that smells like you. Even if the boarding center you choose provides beds and blankets, having something that smells like home can make boarding much easier on your dog.

P.S: the items you keep with your dog may not return to you in the same condition you brought them. Dogs are much more likely to chew and destroy things if they feel stressed.

 

MEDICATION (IF APPLICABLE)

Make sure to pack any medication your dog is currently on or may need while boarding. Moreover, be sure to give very clear written instructions on how and when to give the medicine. It is also a good idea to pack extra, just in case your trip gets delayed.

 

COLLAR (WITH TAGS)

Make sure to pack your dog’s collar with an identification tag on it. Though it is very improbable this will happen while your dog is in the care of a boarding center, it is always best to be cautious. Furthermore, if your dog regularly wears a choke chain or prong collar, it is also a good idea to pack a regular collar for their stay. If the boarding center you choose offers open play time, chains and prong collars can be a safety threat/

 

AFTER CHECKOUT

Even if your dog obviously had their own vacation, you are probably ready to bring your cherished pet home to his rightful place following his stay in boarding.

The dog you take home with you could, however, be a little different from the one you left behind. This is due to the fact that it is common for pets to exhibit some behavioral changes in the first few days after returning to their familiar surroundings, especially if this is the pet's first experience with boarding.

When their owner is momentarily absent, many pets experience moderate separation anxiety. As a consequence, it is normal and anticipated that you may be clingy when you initially get back together. By resuming your regular schedule as soon as you can, you may handle this and assist your dog gradually return to their accustomed, well-adjusted self.

Still concerned about what to expect when you pick your dog up after boarding? Get in touch with us, we’re happy to chat and set your mind at ease!

Dog Boarding Checklist

 

Now that you’ve planned for your dog to stay at a boarding center while you travel, you need to make sure that you’ve packed all the essentials. No matter which kennel you’ve chosen to board your furry one, the following items are a must-have to ensure a good stay.

 

VACCINE RECORDS

Make sure your dog is up to date on all of their vaccines (Rabies, Parvo/Distemper, and Bordetella) and that you have proof of them. Most boarding centers will not allow dogs that don’t have proof of vaccines.

 

 

PARASITE TREATMENT

Even if the boarding center you chose didn’t ask for them, we highly recommend having your dog treated for the prevention of fleas, lice, and ticks before boarding. You can always consult your veterinarian about which parasite treatment would be best for your pet.

 

FOOD (WITH FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS)

Be sure to pack enough for the duration of your dog’s stay, then add a little bit more just in case you encounter any delays during your trip or time away. Dogs’ stomachs are quite sensitive to sudden food changes, therefore it’s best to have the food they’re used to. Also, make sure to give a very detailed feeding schedule with the food. How many times a day does your dog eat? How many cups? Do you mix wet and dry food? The more information you give, the easier it will be for the boarding center to keep your dog’s regular food routine.

 

HOME COMFORTS

Staying at a boarding center can be stressful for some dogs. To help comfort them, include an item from home. Whether it’s their bed, favorite blanket, go-to toys, or even an old shirt that smells like you. Even if the boarding center you choose provides beds and blankets, having something that smells like home can make boarding much easier on your dog.

P.S: the items you keep with your dog may not return to you in the same condition you brought them. Dogs are much more likely to chew and destroy things if they feel stressed.

 

MEDICATION (IF APPLICABLE)

Make sure to pack any medication your dog is currently on or may need while boarding. Moreover, be sure to give very clear written instructions on how and when to give the medicine. It is also a good idea to pack extra, just in case your trip gets delayed.

 

COLLAR (WITH TAGS)

Make sure to pack your dog’s collar with an identification tag on it. Though it is very improbable this will happen while your dog is in the care of a boarding center, it is always best to be cautious. Furthermore, if your dog regularly wears a choke chain or prong collar, it is also a good idea to pack a regular collar for their stay. If the boarding center you choose offers open play time, chains and prong collars can be a safety threat/

 

AFTER CHECKOUT

Even if your dog obviously had their own vacation, you are probably ready to bring your cherished pet home to his rightful place following his stay in boarding.

The dog you take home with you could, however, be a little different from the one you left behind. This is due to the fact that it is common for pets to exhibit some behavioral changes in the first few days after returning to their familiar surroundings, especially if this is the pet's first experience with boarding.

When their owner is momentarily absent, many pets experience moderate separation anxiety. As a consequence, it is normal and anticipated that you may be clingy when you initially get back together. By resuming your regular schedule as soon as you can, you may handle this and assist your dog gradually return to their accustomed, well-adjusted self.

Still concerned about what to expect when you pick your dog up after boarding? Get in touch with us, we’re happy to chat and set your mind at ease!

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