If you have only become a dog owner in the past few years, you may have never needed to bring your dog to a boarding facility to stay overnight or even just for the day.
However, you may be in a situation where you need to use dog boarding. While you may know that a facility and their employees can take care of your dog, you may want to do everything that you can to provide your dog with as similar an experience as staying inside your own home.
An excellent place to start is with your dog's food because letting the facility feed your dog the kind of food that they have on hand will not provide a sense of familiarity. This is something that you will be able to do by making sure that you give the facility a large supply of dog food.
While you may only intend on your dog being boarded for the dates that you reserve, you may want to leave behind extra food in case of an emergency that requires a longer stay.
If your dog has any favorite toys that they play with often, you should make sure to bring them along when you drop them off. This will provide them with something that has their own scent as well as the scent of home. Prioritizing toys that your dog plays with on their own is worthwhile because your dog will not need to rely on an employee to enjoy playing with a toy of theirs.
When your dog sees other dogs on a regular basis at dog parks and while going on walks, you may know that they will be more than comfortable at a busy boarding facility. While some people may request a boarding stay that keeps their dog in a private space away from other dogs, you may conclude that being exposed to other dogs will feel more similar to their normal routine.
Many dog boarding facilities offer all sorts of services that they can provide to the dogs staying there such as baths, grooming, one-on-one playtime, and nightly tuck-ins. If you spend time with your dog every night before going to sleep, you should not hesitate to get a tuck-in every night as this is just one thing that can help with making your dog feel comfortable during their stay.
Considering these important methods when boarding your dog will help you provide them with an experience that is similar to their typical routine in various ways.
For more information, contact a dog boarding service.
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