Letís Talk About Boarding Your Dog


Selecting A Boarding Kennel


First you will want to pay a visit to your local kennels. Get acquainted with the people who will be caring for your pup. Ask questions; take nothing for granted. Find out if toys or bedding are welcome. Find out about the diet which the kennel provides. (If there is a special diet which you would like for your dog to adhere to, most kennels will allow you to provide such food and will see to it that your dog is fed only what you request.) Discuss safety features. Boarding dogs requires good security to prevent escapes. Discuss frankly any qualms you may have about boarding. The kennel will appreciate your frankness and your interest.


If your pet requires veterinary aid while he is in the kennel, you should be aware that you are financially responsible for such aid. Discuss, before boarding, any medication he might need or any special care. Most kennels offer a certain amount of individual care but you must be reasonable.


During boarding, it is possible that dogs sometimes step in their stools or urine and become dirty. This can happen in the cleanest of kennels! Also, some of the finest disinfectants available for sanitizing are not always the most pleasant smelling, and the odor may cling to your dogís coat. Grooming may be indicated, and you should advise the kennel owner if you want your pet to have a bath on the day he goes home.


Make certain that you understand the rate structure for all services and hours of operation. The fee for boarding includes not only the care of your pup† but also your peace of mind that comes from knowing he is safe and with someone you can trust.


Stress Is A Factor


Any animal in strange surroundings suffers from stress. This means that his normal immune process is affected, as well as his eating and digestive habits. A professional boarding kennel will do everything possible to minimize the effects of stress on your dog. You can help minimize the effects of stress by trying to make the boarding experience as pleasant as possible for your pet. Remember that the more often your dog boards, the more adjusted he will be to the kennel environment, and the easier the boarding process becomes for him. Therefore, several short periods of boarding prior to a lengthy vacation will probably do more to help your pet adjust to boarding than will anything else.


Welcoming Your Pup Home


After you pick your pup up from the kennel, you will need to restrict his water and food intake for a few hours. In his excited state, excessive food and water consumption can create problems.



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