If you’re like most people who own dogs, the thought of taking a trip without your four-legged friend can be a little nerve-wracking. You might be concerned about how they will react when placed in a new environment, or whether they’ll be lonely or scared.

The good news is that there are things you can do to prepare them for an overnight dog boarding service or dog hotel.

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Take your furry friend a few days before the ‘official stay’ to familiarize them with their new surroundings and help reduce their stress.

In addition, dogs sniff where scents assemble and disperse. They do this to get the lay of the land, which is fundamental to their well-being, without the presence of their guardian.

Update Vaccinations

There is some risk of contracting viruses from other animals when housed in any facility with other pets, so it is crucial to avoid this. Some viruses, such as canine distemper, are known to spread primarily in dog daycares or kennels.

All boarding or day care facilities require your canine to be up-to-date on vaccinations before their stay. If your dog is not up-to-date with vaccinations, you will most likely be unable to access these services.

Take Your Dog’s Bed

When dogs are afraid, they sometimes run to their bed and stay there until they feel at ease again. By taking your dog’s bed to overnight dog boarding with them, they have a place to feel comfortable that is also familiar to them.

The boarding service will undoubtedly have a comfortable bed for your canine. However, its bed will be far more familiar and have a positive effect

Take Your Dog’s Toys

Besides the bed, you should take some of your dog’s personal belongings, such as balls, toys, and anything else they might play with. Having their favorite toy or stuffed animal companion with them will reduce their potential anxiety.

Avoid Unnecessary Stress

Unfortunately, some dogs may see nights out as a strange event. Getting your dog used to sleeping outside of its familiar environment is also a process of adaptation. So, consider puppy adaptation if you frequently plan trips or vacations. Do not create too much pressure, because this will generate stress in your dog, and consequently put its psychological and physical well-being at risk. Train your pup, teach basic commands, and socialize it with other animals. These techniques ensure that the dog is not caught unawares in an environment he will deem hostile.

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Finally, ensure that the pet boarding service is adequate, safe, and has everything needed for your pet’s boarding stay.

Check out some requirements before making your selection, such as:

  • References from friends and other pet owners.
  • Activities like daycare, group play, grooming
  • Overnight dog boarding rates

And, of course, always visit the facilities prior to scheduling any overnight dog boarding.

Find Overnight Boarding Near You at Paws Play in Cleveland, OH

Our staff at Paws Play CLE are knowledgeable about dog care and will take all reasonable measures to ensure your pet is content, secure, and at ease during their stay. Our staff and facility create a safe, comfortable, and fun environment for your dog that makes it easy for them to ease into. With the added convenience of our downtown location, you can stop by anytime for a visit!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or worries.

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