Most dog owners have to put their dog in a boarding kennel at some point. But sending your dog to a boarding kennel can be very stressful for you as well as for your dog. Learn to prepare your dog for a boarding kennel to help alleviate everyone's stress.
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Keep your dog's vaccinations up to date. All boarding kennels require proof of your dog's vaccinations. This typically includes the Bordetella or "Kennel Cough" vaccine, which may not be one of your dog's annual vaccinations. Get any needed vaccines a few weeks in advance so they are effective. You don't want to put your dog at risk for contagious diseases.
Put your dog on a flea and tick preventative. You may have an indoor dog, but your pet will be exposed to other dogs at the kennel. Protect your pet from parasites and get your pet on a flea and tick program such as Advantage or Frontline. Talk to your vet about which program is best for your dog.
Get your dog familiar with the boarding kennel. Before your drop your dog off for an overnight stay, take her dog for a visit. Introduce her dog to the facilities as well as to the staff. Consider boarding your dog for a couple of daytime stays before you board her overnight.
Keep things consistent between your home and the kennel. Pack your dog's regular food for his during her stay. You don't want to cause added stress to his digestive system during his stay. Send your dog's favorite toys with him so he has something familiar with him at all times.
Make the kennel something special. Pack special treats to send with your dog during her stay. Give her a special toy or bone that she only gets while she is at the kennel