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There's no doubt that our Chicago dogs love being with their owner. But sometimes, life happens, and it's just not convenient to keep your canine companion with you. Or maybe you're heading on vacation and need to leave him in the care of a professional. Whatever the reason, if you want your Dog to be as happy and well-adjusted as possible while away from home, here are five ways you can prepare him for boarding:
Before you board your Dog, it's essential to know what vaccinations are required by the boarding facility and make sure your dog is up to date on these vaccines. Some vaccines need to be administered two or more weeks before boarding. Bring a complete medical record with you for each visit your Dog has had, including a complete list of all medications and any condition that may have been diagnosed.
If your dog is shy, take them on a walk before boarding to build up their confidence.Your Dog should be comfortable with strangers, so it's a good idea to start by introducing them to as many new people and pets as possible. Bring treats and toys with you to reward them for friendly interactions. Consider taking your dog to the local park or community center before boarding, if possible. The last thing you want is for your pet to become stressed out or anxious when they are exposed to unfamiliar surroundings, dogs, and strange people.
Find out if they have a daycare so your Dog can visit the facility before boarding. This will help them get used to the idea of being away from home and make them feel more comfortable with the environment. Touring the facility also allows you to see how the dogs are treated and what kind of accommodations they have. It's essential that you know that your dog will be well taken care of, so make sure that the boarding facility is clean, well-kept, and safe.
Dogs can get stressed out from unfamiliar foods, so it's best to stick with their usual food while they're away at boarding. Even though dogs are incredibly adaptable, some things can cause anxiety—especially when they're going to stay in an unfamiliar setting for a long time surrounded by strangers. The boarding process can be stressful for your Dog and may cause digestive upsets. Dietary changes may add on to digestive issues and cause the boarding experience to be incredibly uncomfortable for your Dog.
Microchipping is a simple procedure that can be done at any time and is beneficial for you and your pet in the long run. Microchipping can help protect your Dog if they're ever lost or stolen, and it also allows you to find your Dog if they're ever missing easily. Most daycare and boarding facilities remove clients' collars and leave the dogs altogether without collars or in breakaway collars. This means that your Dog may be challenging to locate if they get lost. Microchipping your Dog will make it easier for staff members at the boarding facility to find your pet should they get lost.
Once everything is in order, it's time to board your favorite furry friend! Remember to give them lots of love and kisses, as well as some extra snuggles before they go off on their boarding adventures.
We know that you love your Dog, and we want to help you ensure they never go lacking in any of the things they need. From boarding to grooming to daycare and transportation, we're here for you. Contact us to make an appointment for your fur babies today!
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