Boxer2With summer just around the corner, it’s likely that you and yours will be hitting the road or taking to the skies for a much needed vacation. And, unless you’re leaving your pets at home with a trusted sitter, it also means that Fluffy or Fido is slated for a stay at our Pet Paradise boarding facility for a staycation of their own.

For some pets, spending time at a boarding facility can be a treat. They love the interaction with new pets and people, and the specialized attention that they get from our amazing staff. But for other pets, boarding can be a bit stressful. This is especially true for pets with severe separation anxiety or for new boarders who don’t know how much fun they’re about to have.

If you have a pet that is scared to board, you’ll want to read up on our tips for successful pet boarding so that you can help to ensure that, when all is said and done, that your pet has had as much fun with us as you’ve had on your own adventure.

Here’s what to know…

It’s All in Your Head

For many pet owners, their perception of their pet’s reluctance to board is purely that: their perception. While this isn’t true across the board, more often than not a pet’s fear of boarding is the owner’s own fears projected onto the dog (or cat), or manifested through the dog picking up on his or her owner’s “vibes”.

There are some dogs that do, truly, have separation anxiety that can inhibit their enjoyment of the experience but, by and large, a pet’s nervousness is just a reaction to the owner’s emotions about the event.

Go into your pet’s boarding experience with the same excitement and enthusiasm that you have about your own vacation, especially at drop-off. This will help to reassure your pet that what is about to happen is OK – or good, even – and that there’s nothing to worry about.

Planning Ahead

If your pet is new to our boarding facility, has never boarded before, or is nervous about new experiences, you might want to consider the following, prior to the big stay:

  • Bring your pet in to tour the facility and meet the staff. Let him or her sniff out the place and realize that there is nothing to fear.
  • Sign your pet up for a few days at our doggie daycare. This will also help your pet acclimate to being in our care for an extended period of time, and to see that it can be fun to stay and play, and that you will come back for them.
  • You might also want to consider a test night at our facility. Let your pet spend the night and experience the fun for himself, and experience drop-off and pick-up ahead of time.

Packing for Pet Boarding

You will, of course, need to be sure that your pet is current on the necessary vaccinations prior to boarding, and that you’ve packed any necessary medications that he or she will need while in our care. But you may also want to consider packing a few special items for your pet to make his or her stay more comfortable and enjoyable.

Ideally, these should be familiar comfort items from home. Don’t go out and get something new. For this to work, you’ll want something that your pet is familiar with and that has your scent on it. Bring in your pet’s favorite blanket and a familiar toy. However, with that in mind, don’t bring in your pet’s favorite toy. We’d hate for something to happen to it, or for your pet to get territorial about it with other guests.

But a blanket that smells like home, and a familiar stuffed animal to snuggle with can go a long way in making our top-of-the-line dog suites or kitty condos feel a little more like home.

Talk to Us

Finally, be sure to communicate with us about regarding your pet’s needs and routine. We are happy to work with you to make your pet’s stay a success. And if you have any questions or concerns, by all means give us a call. We’re happy to help, however we can.