- Pre Bag each of their meals. You do your best to provide the proper amount of food, playtime and rest time at home. To continue that same routine, it is best to pre-bag each meal so that you know they receive every last bit during their stay. Also make sure to leave a few extra bags in case your travel plans change.
- Make sure they know your dogs brand of food. Say your plane gets canceled and you can’t get back to your dog when planned. It is best that the staff knows what food they’re fed so the facility has the option to go pick up more in case your travel plans change.
- Let them know when they have allergies. Dogs can easily become anxious when staying somewhere new. Dogs that have food allergies or allergies to medication need to be labeled accordingly. Many kennels will have treats on hand to give to anxious dogs to help establish a bond. It is best they are told in the beginning that your dog has allergies to ensure that they avoid any allergic reactions. This is also good for them to know if your dog will need any vet care while you are away.
- When your dog has medicine or supplements. Another idea that comes in handy is a weekly am/pm medicine container. The kennel staff can easily pop open the dated lid, give the dog its pill and they’re done! It can be confusing at times for kennel staff to remember if they gave a dog a pill or not if the pills were not pre-counted when your dog arrived. Help make things easier for them and your dog with a properly marked medicine container.
- A special something when they won’t eat. They’re away from home, either in a new place or it’s just not their usual bed. It can be a little nerve wrecking (isn’t it for you?). Bring along an extra tasty additive, just in case. Dry treats could work, but putting good use to items such as yogurt, cheese slices, string cheese or wet food may be a bit more tempting for them to eat if they typically don’t eat those at home. Not only will it help to entice them, but helps them to think the the staff are pretty special people.
- Even though you want to, don’t. You might be tempted to give them an “at home” experience so they feel like they’re at home while boarding. Whether we like it or not, it is very difficult to label a kong toy or large bed. To avoid your items to become lost, give the facility a quick call to ask how they keep your dogs stuff organized. Typically, kennels have plenty of bedding and toys at the facility for their use and are professionally cleaned.
- Toys and bones. Packing small treats into their bag is fine. Bones such as raw hides, antlers, stuffed toys and so on, are items best suited when they can be watched the whole time, just like at home. Injuries can happen in a split second, this is why most facilities will keep your items in your pet’s suitcase during their entire stay.
Be safe when boarding your pet or look into ‘in home pet sitting’ where they can continue to have all the things they love around them.