Advanced Animal Care

Boarding Your Dog For the First time

Boarding your dog for the first time can be a little stressful for you and your pet.   Here are a few tips to help ease the stress.

Socialize Your Puppy

If you have a new puppy, socializing them means more than just taking them to the dog park.  Socializing your puppy means getting them used to as many situations as you think they will encounter.  You don’t want to overwhelm your puppy but you do want to train them to be comfortable in all situations and around all different kings of people.

Older Puppies May Need to Visit First

If you have an older puppy you have never left, leaving him or her for 10 days may work better if you leave him or her for a shorter period first.  If your dog is elderly or has special needs boarding them at the veterinary office will ensure they receive the care they need. 

Ask Questions, Relax and Call If You Need To

When you drop your dog off, remain calm.  Dogs can pick up on your emotions.  If you’re nervous they may be more anxious too.  Ask questions if you have concerns and while your away, call the animal clinic if you have any concerns or want to see how your dog is doing.

Prepare Your Pet For Boarding

You should prepare your pet for boarding by making a list of all the things you need to take with your puppy.  Any special items, toys or blankets need to be clean when you bring them.  Dogs do better when they eat their own food, especially if they have digestive problems.  Make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations and has a good supply of medication.

What To Expect

Dogs react to stressful situations differently.  Some dogs act like they are on vacation and enjoy the other dogs, smells and sights of the kennel.  Other dogs are more timid.  Some dogs eat more, some less.  Some gain weight and some lose weight while you’re away.  When you return, your dog will be excited to see you.  After they calm down a bit, head straight home because more than likely your dog will be exhausted.  Don’t feed them right away although they will probably be thirsty.  Allow them to adjust back to their surroundings a few days before they return to their normal routine.

Boarding Your Dog For The First Time

If you have any questions about boarding your dog call your veterinarian in Berea at Advanced Animal Care.  They can help you prepare your pet for holiday boarding and give you advice on any vaccinations you may need.