Six Steps to Boarding Success
How to prepare your pet for boarding this holiday season
If you’re traveling this holiday season and plan on boarding your pet, there are several things you can do to make it a much better experience for both you and your animal companion.
- Make sure all vaccinations are current prior to arrival for boarding, and that you have proof of those vaccinations with you.
- Bring toys, bedding and blankets from home. These items will provide reassurance for your pet while you’re away.
- In addition to completely filling out the forms from the boarding facility, you’ll want to verbally inform staff of any special diets, medications, or food issues, as well as unusual behaviors, fears, or needs.
- Exercise your dog for a minimum of one hour before arrival. This will help relieve anxiety, and keep your dog from getting restless or soiling the kennel space right away.
- Make goodbyes and hellos short, sweet, and not too emotional. Pets are very sensitive to our emotions and may get stressed. Stay calm and leave quickly.
- Consider pheromone collars and sprays for pets to help soothe them while you’re away. Even the best-run kennel can be a stressful environment, and products such as Feliway spray or Adaptil pheromone collars for dogs and cats may reduce anxiety.