5 Tips for Creating a Positive Boarding Experience for Your Pet

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If you plan to board your pet while on vacation, it is important that you prepare your pet for his or her time away in order to create a positive boarding experience. Boarding can be stressful on even the most relaxed pets, but following these 5 tips will help your pet – and you – have a better time apart:

Book Early

If you are going to board your pet, it is best to reserve your spot early, otherwise you may run the risk of the resort being full. Call or book your reservation at least 3 weeks in advance to assure your pet will have the kennel and amenities they need.

Vaccinations & Health

Before you drop off your pet, make sure that he is up-to-date on all vaccinations. Many boarding facilities will not allow boarders that are not current on shots. This will help your pet stay as healthy as possible when exposed to other unfamiliar animals.

If your pet is currently on any medications, be sure to inform your boarding staff as soon as possible. They will need know any medical information about your pet so they can provide the best care. And if there is an emergency, the boarding staff can give all of your pet’s medical history to the veterinarian.

Plan Activities for Your Pet

Many resorts offer fun-filled activities for your pet while boarded. For example, our sister location at Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital & Luxury Pet Resort offers their canine guests the chance to play in their Doggie Day Camp, go on leisurely walks, exercise sessions, swim time, group play, and more! Even feline guests and other pocket pets have the opportunity for play time.

Giving your pet fun activities to participate in will help them relax and enjoy their time at the resort, relieving any anxiety and tensions they may have initially.

Your Arrival

Overall, you want to keep a positive attitude when introducing your pet to the boarding staff and facility. Animals are very perceptive and will pick up any uneasiness you feel, so it is important to stay positive and friendly so your pet feels comfortable with staying there. Give you and your pet some time to interact with the staff so they feel comfortable with them when it is time for you to leave. It is also important to let the boarding staff know what your pet’s likes and dislikes are, and any other behavioral information.

Checking Up on Your Pet

You can always call the resort and check up on your pet while you are away. The resort understands that you miss and worry about your pet and wants to make sure you have peace of mind.


Quality Pet Care in Potomac, MD

If you have any questions regarding your pet’s health and safety when it comes time to board them, the veterinarians at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital will gladly help. Contact us today to get caught up on your pet’s vaccinations or click here to check out Greenbriar’s Luxury Pet Resort.

9 Responses

  1. Zidane Shepard says:

    My wife and I are planning a long vacation in April. We are excited to see my wife’s family but need to find a place to watch our dog, Zippy. Thank you for your suggestion about booking a boarding resort at least three weeks in advance. We want to make sure that we find a great place for him to stay.

  2. Deb Pearl says:

    My husband and I are going on a trip soon, and we can’t take our dog. We were wondering how to make boarding a good experience for our dog. Thank you for all the tips on how we can do that. I really like your tip about making sure to be up-to-date on all vaccinations. I’m glad that will help keep our dog healthy while they are there.

  3. Jordan Curry says:

    My wife and I have two golden doodles and they have so much energy! I love you mentioned that having medical information on hand for your pet is essential in the event something were to happen. Pets deserve to be treated with just as much care as we take care of ourselves.

  4. Kayla says:

    Thanks for the tip that if you are going to board your pet, it is best to reserve your spot early. My brother will be going on a business trip and no one will watch his dog while he’s gone. My mom suggested leaving it to dog boarding and shared this article with him.

  5. Thanks for going over some ways that you can make a good boarding experience for a pet. I’m glad you explained that you should try to let the boarding staff know of any possible medications or other medical information that is vital for your pet. It seems like a good way to ensure that they get the right kind of care they will need. I wonder if it could be good to leave instructions as well to make sure the medications are given correctly.

  6. It sure got my attention when you said that pets are very perceptive, and they will detect the uneasiness, so it is best to stay positive before leaving them in a dog boarding facility to make them feel at ease. I will remind my brother of that since he is the one who will be taking our pet to the dog boarding facility. I do not want him tensing up as our pet is already a bit jumpy as is. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Thank you for sharing a few tips on how to make pet boarding a stress-free experience for our pets. I am flying to Chicago for work this May, which means I will be leaving my pet cat, Rocco alone and for the very first time. It’s going to be a huge adjustment for him, as he always looks for me whenever I’m out of his sight. You made a good point in reminding me to complete his vaccinations for the period to avoid possible illnesses that might not allow him to get boarded. I believe he is due for a distemper vaccination for the year; better be safe than sorry, so I’ll go check with the vet in the clinic first to make sure.

  8. Gary Puntman says:

    I agree that you should book early. You want to make sure you will have your spot in place beforehand to avoid any issues. It’s good to know that you should call at least 3 weeks in advance, like you said. I’ll have to make some calls this week to find a boarding facility for my dog.

  9. Jay says:

    Getting your pet to relax is really the goal. Having a vet that will let you be there for every step of the way is what you want to look for. I, personally, try to find a vet that loves my pet as much as I do.

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