The very first thing that has to be kept in mind for boarding any pet is that one has to select the right pet kennel well in advance. This is required because almost all good boarding facilities have bookings done quite long back. This is required more for the guest over there, and its people, who can stay assured about the wellbeing of their pet while they are away from their loved one.
Many dog boarding facilities have to be explored in order to choose the most suitable and the best one for your pet. Recently, I came across to Akuna Pet Resort for pet kennels in Sydney and found it extremely good. Once you decide upon the one be assured and co-operate very well in the execution of the entire process of boarding your pet there. Here are some suggestions that would make your pet’s boarding away from home as enjoyable as your own holidays.
1. Be ready at the time specified in advance
Don’t be late or don’t disturb the schedule of the boarding staff. If you have preferred the chauffeur service to pick your doggy from your place, keep him ready with all his belongings like bedding, food, medicines etc. Don’t keep rushing for these things while the chauffeur comes to pick him.
If you are to drop your pet at the boarding facilities yourself, observe the time.
2. Saying goodbye should be a calm and peaceful
Not too abrupt, not too pampering. If you are emotionally charged, it would surely influence your puppy and would turn out to be very much strenuous for the both of you, if not for others. Sometimes such pets start facing behavioural problems at boarding which are followed by the real tough health problems too. So avoid being sentimental about it.
3. Bring all the required things along
This might be a special toy or a blanket. But do not bother the staff to manage long listed belongings: they are to take care of the pet. Don’t make it their side business.
4. Talk to the staff about the special needs of your pet
Hand over a script containing records of vaccination and routine medication, if any. Also write down the special likes and dislikes of your pet. Do not forget to add the contact of your regular vet doctor to this script.
5. Hand over your contact details while you are away
Also give a local contact point details who can be reached in case you can’t be in the times of emergency.
6. If you prefer to bring food for your dog from home
Devise it in portions and pack in different containers. Don’t hand over a full bulky food bag to the staff. Help them manage your kid as comfortably as possible. Dogs have very sensitive stomachs that are easily upset even by small change of menu or quantity. So from the pet’s point of view as well, this is advisable.
7. It’s a good idea to get an update about your pet’s well-being
Asking for it too frequently is something that will disturb the routine there. Be considerate when calling to get an update about your little love, but check in to see that you pet is doing well.
8. Don’t worry if he has lost a bit of weight
As said, dogs have a very sensitive stomachs, that becomes more so in times of any change.
9. If your pet is tired when you take him back, this is also natural
He has met many friends while staying at the boarding spot. He has played a lot with them, which he doesn’t enjoy on regular bases at home. He has gone through many newer experiences than the routine ones. That’s why it’s natural for him to rest more once he is back home. Though if this continues longer than a day or two, be alarmed and bring him into the vet for a check up.
10. Express gratitude for the staff when you pick your dog from the boarding facilities
Genuine appreciation earns a lot of love and respect and care not only to you but to your pet too. A co- operative and considerate parent is a big reward for the care takers of your pets.
About the Author: Ruby is Pet Behaviorist based on Australia. She loves to share her ideas on dog boarding kennels and catteries. She is also an associate at Akuna Pet Resort.