Dog Boarding Tips for Dog Owners Planning to Travel

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A common challenge for all dog owners is finding a home their dog or dogs can stay with while they’re away on vacation.  Thankfully, there are now companies that offer in-home boarding services for dogs and other pets.  
However, for most dog owners, leaving a dog – even for just a few days or weeks- in the care of strangers is often easier said than done.  This is why it is extremely important to find a trusted dog boarding company that will provide only the best care for your pooch.  
Can’t wait to go on vacation but couldn’t take your dog with you?  Here are some tips for you:

Find out as much info as you can about the in-home dog boarding service provider.

What kind of reputation does it have?  Are there in-house vets to supervise the pets?  Will your dog be taken out on walks on daily basis?  Are there professional groomers working in the facility?  Are the staff trained and experienced in dog care?  Do they have genuine affection for dogs?  What do previous customers have to say about the quality of their service?

Visit the dog boarding facility ahead of time.

It’s very important to see the actual facilities and the dog kennels at least a few weeks before your trip.  This is the only way you can be sure that your dog will be staying in a safe, clean, and comfortable environment.  It’s also a great opportunity to meet the staff of the dog boarding service provider.

Have your dog visit the in-home facility a few times.

To make the whole experience smooth and stress-free, bring your dog to the pet boarding facility at least twice or thrice to meet the staff and get the feel of the place.  Thus, by the time you're ready to go on travel, it won’t be difficult for your dog to make adjustments.

Bring your dog’s own bed, blanket, or favorite toy.

It’s always good to have something familiar when you are away from home.  This is true for people and it’s as true for dogs too.  Your dog might feel a little awkward especially on the first day of boarding but having a familiar item along can help lessen the stress.

Give as much information as possible about your dog.

Make sure the staff of the dog boarding facility is well-aware of your dog’s habits and needs, particularly if your dog has allergies or has recently undergone treatment, etc.  What time do you usually feed your dog and what time do you take it out for walks?  Sticking to the old routine will certainly make your dog feel more comfortable while staying in a different home.
Make sure that someone can easily be reached in case of an emergency.
Asking for the dog owner’s contact information is a standard procedure in most dog boarding facilities.  However, if you will be vacationing out of the country or a distant place, it is a good idea to have someone you can trust with your pet,  a friend or a relative who lives in the area who can be readily contacted if needed.

Keep goodbyes casual and short.

Your dog can definitely sense it if you are feeling anxious, worried, or sad.  As you drop off your dog to the boarding facility, keep the mood light and talk to your dog in a calm, normal tone, as if it’s just an everyday thing and get it over with quickly.  If you make a big fuss out of your goodbyes, you will only be making it worse for your dog.

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