If you are preparing for a vacation, you are likely excited for the adventure that lies ahead. Unfortunately, you may be in a position where your pooch has to stay behind. If you are considering boarding for your dog during the length of your trip, it is important that both you and the boarding staff understand how to best accommodate your dog.
Your dog is a member of your family, and, just as you wouldn’t leave your child with a stranger, you don’t want to hand your canine over with blind faith. When considering a kennel, make sure to schedule a time far in advance to tour the facility. Even if a particular kennel seems wonderful on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Unfortunately, there are those out there that do not provide animals with proper care to cut costs, and your furry friend should not have to suffer while you enjoy your vacation.
Preparing the Staff
Once you have found the kennel that’s right for you, don’t forget to discuss any special needs your pet may have. If your dog has a medical condition or a personal trait such as a fear of thunder or other loud noises, these things should certainly be communicated. All of our guests bring their own food so as not to upset their stomach and personal feeding regimens are kept to maintain the dog’s eating schedule.
The Trial Run
Dogs are emotional animals, and they will miss their owners and territory when they are dropped off at the kennel. While you may spend hours finding the right kennel and preparing the staff, it’s impossible to predict how your dog will react to actually being dropped off.
This is where a trial run can come in handy. Make arrangements with your kennel to have your pooch stay overnight to discover how he or she will react. By doing this, you can pinpoint areas of concern and speak with the staff to find the best ways to overcome your pet’s specific concern areas. You will be able to enjoy your vacation knowing your dog is comfortable back at home.
Our staff is dedicated toward the health and well-being of your pet, and you can rest assured that, when they are under our care, we do everything in our power to make them feel at home. Because of our dedication toward your pet’s safety, we do require your dog to have all their necessary vaccinations before boarding
To help speed up the approval process, we like to provide our clients all the information they need to know. When you come to enroll your pet, we will require written proof that the animal is up-to-date on the following vaccinations, not just for the safety of other animals in the facility, but also for the security of your pet.
Required Dog Vaccinations for Boarding
- Bordetella: Administed every 12 months (keep in mind many veterinarians only administer by request)
- DAPP: One- or three-year vaccine required
- Rabies: One- or three-year vaccine required
Additional Requirements for Boarding
Just as your dog is an important part of your life, the other pets who have been entrusted under our care hold a special meaning in the lives of other clients. As a result, we ask that you ensure your pet is free of any fleas and ticks before they will be accepted into our facility
We pride ourselves in making first class accommodations readily available for dogs of all shapes and sizes, and we encourage our clients to tour our facility to make sure we can meet all of your needs. You know your pet better than anybody, and we put a high value on receiving the opportunity to get to know each canine client a little better before they are put under our care. When you tour our facility, there are a few things you should keep in mind to know you will be completely satisfied with where you pet will be spending a large portion of their time.
Specific Behavioral Problems
If your pooch has a specific behavioral issues, we encourage you to share that with us. We will inform you of the protocol we have of correcting the issues, and among the issues we can deal with include:
- Nuisance barking
- Play biting
- Getting on furniture
- General housebreaking
If you are enrolling an older dog, they likely have become accustomed to a certain routine, and we strive to ensure we are able to accommodate. For example, if they prefer to nap in a particular environment at a certain time of day, we can help you seek out that type of location within our facility.
Getting to Know the Staff
Just as you would feel uncomfortable leaving your child with a complete stranger, we understand you may feel a level of discomfort doing the same with your precious pet. To best ensure you are happy with where your dog will be staying, we take the time to speak with you one-on-one before you begin your business relationship with us. Comfort is key for both you and your pet.