The first time that dog owners leave their furry companions at the boarding facility can be a little nerve-wracking. You're used to always being there for and with your dog, and leaving them in someone else's care can feel a bit foreign. However, you should know that boarding facilities can and do offer the best care possible for your dog while you're away. Having some of your questions answered can help you feel more comfortable, too. So, here are some common questions first-time dog boarding customers often ask.
What vaccines will your dog need?
Boarding facilities typically require that your dog is up-to-date on all of their core vaccines before they stay there. This is not only to protect your dog, but also to protect other dogs. You can ask the boarding facility for a list of the specific vaccines your dog needs. Usually, that list will include rabies, distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza, adenovirus, and kennel cough. Ask for this list a good month before you plan on leaving your dog at the boarder so that, if needed, you can make a vet appointment for any necessary vaccines beforehand.
Do you need to bring anything with your dog?
Most boarding facilities request that you bring your dog's leash, harness, and food with you. If desired, you can also bring their bed and their food bowl. Doing so often makes dogs feel more comfortable, as they will recognize their scent on these items. However, if you do not want to bring your dog's bed and bowl with you, the boarder will typically provide these items.
Do the dogs get to leave the kennel?
Yes. You may see the kennels and think, "I don't want my dog in there for a week!" But good boarding facilities let the dogs spend plenty of time outside of a kennel. They'll be put in there at night and perhaps for a few hours during the day, but otherwise, they'll be out playing in the playroom or the yard, or they'll be taken on walks. If your dog does not enjoy being in a kennel, you may be able to find a boarder who confines each dog in their own small room, although this option is more costly.
With these questions answered, you should now be more prepared to leave your dog at the boarder. Don't hesitate to reach out to the boarding facility if you have any additional questions.