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"Top 7 Tips for a Stress-Free Boarding Experience for Your Pet"

As you're about to leave town for a while, you're in search of a secure and caring place to entrust your pup to. You've discovered a fantastic pet daycare and pet boarding facility that you believe will shower your dog with love just like you do, yet bidding farewell to your furry friend remains challenging.

Leaving your dog at a boarding facility can be tough for both the dog and the owner, particularly if neither of you has undergone this process previously. You're anxious about how your dog will cope, but there are ways to facilitate the transition for everyone.

Getting ready to board your dog for the first time is crucial to guarantee that both you and your pup are well-prepared for a pleasant boarding experience. To get ready, it's essential to be aware of some helpful advice. Here's a comprehensive guide on preparing yourself and your dog for pet boarding!

1. Smooth and Positive Departure

We understand that saying goodbye to your dog can be difficult. Your canine companion is your closest ally, and you're accustomed to sharing every moment together. As the boarding date approaches, you may start to feel apprehensive. 

Experiencing such emotions is entirely normal, but remember that your dog can sense them too. The key is to stay as composed as possible in the days leading up to and on the day of dropping off your pet. Making the departure quick and upbeat is another effective way to ensure a seamless process. 

If you feel tears welling up, try to conceal them from your dog and express your emotions after you've left. This approach will prevent distressing your dog when you bid farewell.

2. Updated Vaccinations

Most pet boarding facilities mandate that dogs have their vaccinations up to date. The core vaccines in our area are Rabies, Distemper, Bordetella, Lepto, and K9 Flu. You should also have your pet on Flea and tick medication.

While it may feel like a hassle, it is crucial for the well-being of your furry friend and the other dogs at the facility. Ensuring your dog is healthy during your absence and safeguarding the health of other pets is paramount.

Call your vet's office and request copies of your dog's medical records to give to the boarding facility.

3. Consistent Diet

Is it possible to bring food, treats, toys, and bedding?

We recommend bringing your dog's food and treats, especially if you prefer not to alter your dog's diet or if your dog follows a specific diet. Please ensure that the food and treats are stored in a hard container.

Please refrain from bringing fluffy toys, hard bones, or chew toys. Bedding is not necessary as we offer bedding for your pet!

4. Remember to Bring Medications and Instructions

If your pet needs medication, make sure to give detailed instructions to the boarding team. Ensure that the medications are correctly labeled and convey the dosage and timing.

5. Effective Communication is Essential

Learn about the communication protocol at the facility while your pet is there. Some facilities provide regular updates and even pictures of your pet having a good time. It can be stressful to leave your pet behind when you're away, so receiving frequent updates can ease your worries.

6. Get Ready for Bringing Your Pet Home

Make sure to visit the facility within their operating hours when picking up your pet. I recommend you have the staff bath your pet before pick up.

7. Allow Your Pet to Adapt

Upon your return, show patience with your pet as they may require some time to get used to their usual schedule again.

Final thoughts...

Embarking on your first overnight boarding experience can be a rewarding journey for both you and your pet with adequate preparation. Selecting the appropriate facility, planning in advance, and providing familiar comforts can significantly enhance the experience. It's important to acknowledge that feeling separation anxiety is common, but by following these suggestions, you can ensure your pet's safety, well-being, and contentment while they are away from home.

If you have any questions or concerns about overnight boarding or pet care, feel free to contact our friendly team at The Downtown Dog Resort. We are committed to promoting your pet's welfare and are well-prepared to offer guidance and reassurance as you navigate the process of leaving your pet for the first time.

Wishing you safe journeys and delightful adventures for both you and your beloved furry companion!

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