The holiday season is upon us again as families are eagerly awaiting the first bank holiday of the year.
But what’s happening to your other family members – you know – the four-legged ones that aren’t able to go with you?
Everyone loves a holiday, and your dog will too! They will experience a host of different things: smells, walks and most importantly, the opportunity to socialise with other pets.
But leaving your pet for the first time can be daunting so we’ve compiled our list of do’s and don’ts for ensuring your pet enjoys their staycation every bit as you do!
How to ensure your pet enjoys their staycation every bit as you do!
DO – your research
There are a number of facilities that offer dog boarding, check out the ones in your area – after all, you may need day boarding or a one-off cover from time to time in the future.
Word of mouth recommendations can be helpful, if you don’t have any you could ask your local Facebook community page.
When you have a shortlist of places, check out Facebook or Google My Business reviews and ask if you can have a look around.
Things to consider:
- How clean is the facility?
- How often do they get some exercise i.e. ‘play time’ and ‘walkies’?
- Are the staff friendly and caring towards your pet?
- Can you take their own beds and toys?
DO – a couple of trial runs
Why not drop your pet off a couple of times, perhaps on a Saturday so you can enjoy a pet-free day! Alternatively, try a one-night stay. This will show your dog that you will return plus you will see how happy your pet is when you take them for a second time!
Things to consider:
- Were they happy to return?
- How did the staff interact with your pet?
- Was your pet happy to be left?
DO – take their own food and bedding
Taking your pet’s own food will help to prevent unwanted stomach upsets and keep them happy.
We all like to sleep in our own bed and your dog is no exception. Most boarders will give you the opportunity to take your own bedding and toys to help them to settle down.
DON’T – forget to check your pet’s vaccination status as most boarding facilities require proof of a recent Bordetella vaccine (kennel cough) which is recommended before dog socialising.
DON’T – forget to take any current medications and ensure your flea and worming treatments are up to date.
DON’T – make a fuss of your pet when you leave – I know it’s hard for us humans, but dogs will pick up on your anxiety.
So, if you have done your kennel research and had a trial run, it’s time for you to sit back and enjoy your well-earned break with the peace of mind that your pet will be happy and well taken care of.
Jennifer & Katie