Your Guide to Successful First-Time Overnight Boarding for Your Furry Friend
With travel and work restrictions now a thing of the past, there will likely come a time where you are faced with arranging overnight boarding for your furry companion(s). Whether it's a business trip or a holiday, proper planning can ensure a stress-free experience for both you and your pet. Recognising the anxiety that can accompany leaving your pet for the first time, this blog delves into essential tips to ensure your overnight boarding venture is a resounding success.
1. Choose the Right Boarding Facility
Sometimes, word of mouth and a personal recommendation from someone who has used the boarding facility is best. Asking other pet owners about the facilities they use can provide valuable insights. Selecting the right boarding facility is crucial for your pet's comfort and safety. Do your research and visit the facility in person if possible. Look for clean and well-maintained accommodations, friendly staff, and appropriate spaces for play and rest. Make sure the facility is equipped to handle any medical needs your pet may have. Read and compare online reviews to make an informed decision.
2. Plan Ahead
Book your pet's boarding reservation well in advance, especially during peak travel seasons. This ensures that there's a spot available and allows you to communicate any specific requirements or medical conditions your pet has.
3. Familiarise Your Pet with the Facility
Before you schedule an overnight stay for your pet, take a tour of the boarding facility you want to use for their stay. You want to be familiar with the facility, what they provide, and how they handle the animals. Once you’ve done a tour, it’s time to schedule a half-day visit for your pet. Arranging a short visit or half a day of daycare will help your pet become familiar with the environment and reduce anxiety on the boarding day.
4. Pack Familiar Items
Pack your pet's favourite toys, blanket, or bed to provide a sense of comfort in the new environment. Familiar scents can go a long way in making them feel more at ease. Items from home can help your pet feel more secure, so bring any toys, carriers, or leashes that your pet prefers from home. These items should be labelled with your pet’s name and your last name, just in case things get misplaced.
5. Provide Detailed Information
Share your pet's medical history, dietary preferences, and any specific behaviours with the boarding staff. This information helps them provide the best care possible and address any potential issues.
6. Stick to Routine
Try to maintain your pet's routine as much as possible. This includes feeding times, bathroom breaks, and exercise routines. Consistency can help reduce stress for your pet.
7. Stay Calm and Positive
Pets are incredibly perceptive and can pick up on your emotions. When dropping off your pet, remain calm and positive. Reassure them that you'll be back and that this is a temporary arrangement.
8. Bring Medications and Instructions
If your pet requires medications, provide clear instructions to the boarding staff. Ensure medications are properly labelled, and communicate the dosage and schedule.
9. Communication is Key
Find out the facility's policy for communication during your pet's stay. Some facilities offer updates and even photos of your pet enjoying their time. Leaving your pet while you’re away can be anxiety-inducing, so regular updates will help alleviate your concerns.
10. Be Prepared for the Homecoming
When picking up your pet, arrive during the facility's operating hours. Bring their belongings and any special instructions for their return home.
11. Give Your Pet Time to Adjust
When you return home, be patient with your pet. They might need some time to readjust to their regular routine.
First-time overnight boarding can be a positive experience for both you and your pet with proper preparation. Choosing the right facility, planning ahead, and providing familiar comforts can make a world of difference. Remember that separation anxiety is normal, but by following these tips, you can ensure your pet's safety, comfort, and happiness during their stay away from home.
If you have any queries or uncertainties regarding overnight boarding or pet care, don't hesitate to reach out to our approachable team. We're dedicated to supporting your pet's wellbeing and are well-equipped to offer both guidance and assurance as you navigate the experience of leaving your pet for the first time.
Safe travels and happy adventures for both you and your furry friend!