Admitting your dog to a boarding facility can sometimes be stressful for both the dog and the dog parent. We can be busy or need to take a vacation but cannot take our dogs along. It happens and there is no shame in that, but before we just send our dogs away, we need to be prepared. There are certain things that we will need to do in hope to make our dogs’ stay at the kennel better. Here’s how to prepare before admitting your dog to a boarding facility.
Choose the best and most suitable kennel
You need to make sure that you spend enough time researching the kennels before attempting to send your dog. Visit the facility to check it out, ask friends or fellow dog parents in the dog owner community and read online reviews.
Check our list of boarding facilities in Egypt, rated and reviewed by dog parents, in this link.
Checkup at the vet
Make sure that your dog is up to date when it comes to vaccinations, especially kennel cough! Most kennels will need proof of these vaccinations. Also make a complete checkup, to make sure your dog doesn’t have anything contagious to other dogs, and that he is in a good health condition before being left. You don’t want to walk away from your dog or leave him/her behind while being sick.
Your dog’s behavior is a mirror of yours
Don’t make the few days before sending your dog away stressful. If you are anxious your dog will sense that, so make sure that you have loads of fun. Read more on separation anxiety in dogs.
Important question to ask the kennel before admitting the dog:
- Type of food they provide: You need to state if your dog has certain allergies, or if you should bring your dog’s food along
- Type of daily exercise
- Communication means while you are away: Whether they will be willing to send pictures or videos or will you only be able to call and check
- Supervision when dogs are playing (to insure no fights)
- If your dog has a certain health or behavior condition, you need to ask if they can handle such cases