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Summer Adventures and Your Pet

As summer approaches, many of us pet owners have travel plans to places that do not allow our furry companions to join us. So what do you do? How about having your pet take a vacation, too! Boarding facilities are a convenient, safe, and fun option for your puppy while you’re away. However, preparing your puppy for boarding requires some forethought and planning to ensure their comfort and safety. 

Here are some tips to help make the boarding experience as smooth as possible for both puppy and you:

1. Start Early: Introduce your puppy to the boarding facility well in advance of your trip. This allows them to become familiar with the environment, staff, and routine, reducing anxiety on the day of drop-off. Consider scheduling a few short visits, even just a few hours, leading up to your departure to acclimate your puppy to the facility gradually.

2. Vaccinations and Health Checks: Make sure your puppy is up-to-date on vaccinations and has received any necessary preventative treatments, such as flea and tick prevention. Most boarding facilities require proof of vaccinations that can include rabies, distemper, and Bordetella to ensure the health and safety of all guests. Schedule a vet check-up before boarding to confirm your puppy is in good health and free from any contagious illnesses.

3. Pack Comforts from Home: Bring along familiar items from home, such as your puppy’s blanket, favorite toys, and a piece of clothing with your scent on it. These familiar scents and objects can provide comfort and reassurance to your puppy in an unfamiliar environment, helping them feel more at ease during their stay.

4. Provide Detailed Instructions: Communicate your puppy’s routine, dietary preferences, and any special needs or medications to the boarding staff. Providing clear instructions to ensure that your puppy’s needs are met helps maintain consistent care while you’re away. Additional tip, this is not the time to switch their food as changing could give them an upset tummy on top of any nervousness they may have.  

5. Stay Calm and Positive: Dogs are highly attuned to your emotions, so it’s very important to remain calm and positive when dropping off your puppy at the boarding facility. Reassure them with a confident and cheerful demeanor that they will be ok and you will be back for them. Avoid lingering or making a dramatic exit, as this can increase your puppy’s anxiety.

6. Stay Connected: Some boarding facilities offer amenities such as live webcams or regular updates via email, text message, and/or social media. Take advantage of these options to stay connected with your puppy and alleviate any worries you may have about their well-being while you’re away.

7. Take Time: When you return, take some time to provide plenty of affection and attention to your puppy. Be patient and understanding if your puppy exhibits any signs of stress or anxiety following their boarding experience, and give them time to readjust to being back home.

By following these tips and taking proactive steps to prepare your puppy for boarding, you can help ensure a positive, stress-free, and fun experience for both you and your furry friend. With the right preparation and care, boarding can be a safe and enjoyable option for keeping your puppy happy and well-cared for while you enjoy your summer adventures.

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