Boarding your dog is not just difficult for you when you depart for a trip without them—that’s why you will want to make sure your dog is perfectly safe and comfortable for the days or weeks ahead. Treat this time like a vacation for your beloved pet and start by having these important items to pack when you board a dog.
Important Information and Documentation
Before you drop your dog off at a local facility, there are some important things you need to know. One such thing is having the proper information and documentation pertaining to your dog. The important information and documentation we are referring to includes:
- Emergency contact information
- Medical records
- Vaccination charts
- Rule acknowledgment forms
Next up, you need to ensure your dog has proper identification. While you can spot your dog from a mile away, those who work at the dog boarding facility probably can’t. For identification, a nametag on your dog’s collar should suffice.
Food and Medication
Another important item to pack when you board your dog is probably the only thing they care about—be sure to pack their food along with any medication they need to take. All dog foods have some major differences, so you will want to make sure those at the boarding facility have the right kibble for your dog. It probably wouldn’t hurt to add a few tasty treats, either.
One item that many owners forget to bring is a leash. No matter how well trained your dog is, you still want to make sure you drop them off with a leash (or maybe even two). Another reason why you should pack one is that, typically, boarding facilities will require you to bring one.
Toys and Other Favorites
Last, but certainly not least, you will want to make sure your dog has their favorite toys and other items. Maybe they enjoy their peanut butter in a Kong or have a blanket that reminds them of home. In essence, having their favorites will make your pup more comfortable in a new setting, which can help ease any separation anxiety they may have.