iStock_000017437440_SmallIf you’re heading out of town this summer, it’s likely that you’re planning on boarding your pet while you’re away. Pet boarding can be a terrific way to keep your four-legged friend happy and healthy while you travel. And knowing that your precious pet is being looked after by someone you know and trust can help ease your mind while you enjoy your travels.

However, we understand that many pets and pet owners can be apprehensive about boarding. And while we are sensitive to those fears, we believe that with a little pre-planning and TLC, boarding your pet at our Pet Paradise Boarding facility can be a great experience for all. So, whether you’re new to pet boarding, or are a familiar friend returning for another stay, we’d like to offer these tips on how to have a happy boarder…

Planning Ahead 

If you are new to boarding, or if it’s been awhile since you’ve boarded your pet, we invite you to bring your pet in for a visit. Let your pet sniff out the place and get to know the sights, smells, and people that will be surrounding him or her prior to boarding. This can go a long way in easing your cat or dog into an extended stay.

If your pet is especially anxious, come in more than once, and consider an overnighter before the big stay arrives. This will help acclimate your pet to the experience, and show your fur baby that you will come back for him or her. You may even want to consider signing your pet up for a day or two of doggie daycare with the same strategy in mind. Once your pet is used to us, an extended stay will feel like a treat instead of a punishment.

Packing for Pet Boarding

As you prepare for the big stay, you’ll want to pack a few things for your pet to make his or her stay more comfortable. We recommend the following:

  • A familiar blanket or bedding, something cozy that smells like home (and you!) so that your pet feels safe and secure
  • A stuffed animal or familiar comfort item
  • A favorite toy – but not the favorite, or something that will be heartbreaking to lose if it gets destroyed
  • Any medications that your pet will need (and dosage instructions)

If your pet is on a special diet or prescription food, we will likely ask you to bring that as well (enough to last the stay). Please let us know ahead of time if your pet has any special needs or restrictions so we can work with you to accommodate those needs. We want your pet to remain happy and healthy in our care, so it’s important to know what to expect ahead of time.

Saying So-Long…

For many pets and pet owners, the hardest part of pet boarding is the send off.

Animals are naturally in tune with our emotions, and so if you’re emotional and stressed at drop off, your pet will sense that and react in a similar way, making the experience difficult for you both.

To make this experience easier for you and your pet, we recommend saying your goodbyes by spending some quality time with your pet the night before you leave and prior to bringing your pet in. When you’re ready to leave your pet with us, keep the goodbye short a sweet – a quick scratch behind the ears, and a “you’re good, have fun and I’ll see you soon” will suffice.

We want your pet’s boarding experience to be a happy one. If you have any questions or concerns about pet boarding, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. And please let us know what we can do to help make your pet’s stay with us a success!