What to Look for When Boarding Your Puppy

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Steps To Finding The Right Place To Board Your Dog 


When finding a place to board your dog, it is important you find a location that is comfortable for both you and your dog. Check out these tips for finding the right space to board your dog. 

  • Ask if they are members of the American Boarding Kennels Association, which requires certain professional and ethical standards for membership.
  • Contact the kennel well in advance.
  • Ask questions and be sure to inquire about immunization requirements. Many kennels will require a bordetella shot, along with rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza.
  • Observe the general appearance of the kennel for:
    • Safety
    • Supervision and staff
    • Sanitation and health care (medication and veterinary services)
    • Access to drinking water and feeding procedures
    • Exercise area
    • Provisions for animal comfort such as temperature control, ventilation, adequate light, protection from outside elements, and sleeping quarters 
       

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If your puppy hasn’t been boarded before, consider a short overnight stay before an extended stay—or even an afternoon of dog daycare. This will help him get more comfortable with the experience. Once he becomes familiar with his new surroundings, chances are he’ll have a great time, not unlike a kid at summer camp. 

When dropping off your dog, bring along your dog's bed or favorite toys. When you leave, be positive and upbeat. Keep the goodbyes short and sweet.

After picking him up from the boarding kennel, don’t feed your pup or give him water for at least four hours after returning home. He will be overexcited, which may trigger food-gulping, vomiting, and diarrhea. If he seems thirsty upon arriving home, provide a few ice cubes rather than water. Then let him calm down and rest.

If you are going on summer vacation check out our Summer Care Tips for taking care of your pet. 

For more tips on responsible dog ownership, watch the video below.