4 Steps You Can Take to Ensure Your Puppy Will be Safe in a Boarding Kennel
Leaving a puppy behind while you go on holiday is no easy thing. Just like older dogs, puppies need constant care as well as your love and affection. However, the biggest issue with puppies is whether or not they will be traumatised by an extended period of separation. With this in mind it's no surprise that many puppy owners are terrified by the thought of leaving their beloved pup in a strange environment while they take a vacation to work on their tan.
You have probably heard the horror stories about how puppies may pick up bad habits or become stressed, but it really doesn't have to be that way, not if you take the necessary steps to ensure your puppy is fully prepared and is about to receive the best possible care your money can buy.
Start Looking as Early as Possible
Your area will likely have several options available as far as boarding kennels go. Ideally, you should begin searching for one as soon as possible. Don't wait until the last minute. You need time to help your pup adjust to the upcoming change. It might also take some time before you settle on a boarding kennel you feel comfortable with.
The last thing you should do is settle for the first one you find without comparing it to at least one other.
Tour Several Kennels
Once you have identified several kennels, call each one to arrange for a tour. All kennels should allow you to view the boarding area. You may find that some boarding kennels have specific days and times set aside for tours. This is normal practice, and does in fact show that they care about the welfare of the dogs in their care.
Look for Warning Signs
During your tour of each boarding kennel ensure you check that:
- It is clean.
- Staff are friendly and vigilant.
- They ask for proof of vaccinations (professionalism).
- The other dogs are in good condition and happy.
- It is heated (in winter months).
- They have adequate insurance.
A kennel with all of these things is ideal for your puppy, but make sure you give him time to adapt.
Arrange a Tryout Period
You can either take your puppy to the boarding kennels for shorter periods of 30 minutes or so during a weekend to help him become acquainted with the staff and surroundings, or you can board your puppy in the kennels overnight once or twice before you leave (with space between boarding days). This will not only help your puppy get used to being there while you are away, reducing his stress, but it will also reassure your puppy that you will be back to collect him later.
By following these steps you can ensure that your puppy will be in good hands while you enjoy your holiday. There are many boarding kennels around, each one differing slightly in what it offers. Find the one that appeals to both you and your pup.