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Q: Any advice for first-time boarding?

March 1, 2009 | By Colebai99 | 6 answers | Expired: 2048 days ago

Colebai99

I will be boarding my two youngest dogs at the kennel where they take their obedience training classes. This will be the first time boarding - I have always had someone pet-sit. I am in a new location and one of the people I have met is this trainer. I feel a bit nervous about leaving them but feel they will be in good hands while I am gone. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Joe L.
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Mar 01, 2009

Yes make sure they have a current Bordetella vaccination. I always had someone come to our house but after my dog had medical problems, I didn't want to ask a friend to take on the additional responsibility. I was really worried but both of my dogs do well at the kennel. I take some of their favorite treats and a few of their toys. You can also take a T shirt or something with your "smell" to help him feel closer to you. I hate leaving my dogs but I know they are in good hands while I am out of town.

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Scooterdooter
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Mar 02, 2009

Boarding my pet at a kennel is no different than having someone babysit my child. The person should give the most attention to your pet, not you. If not, walk away.

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Peggy W.
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Mar 01, 2009

Make sure that your Dogs have had their vaccine(inhaled vaccine) for Bordetella (kennel cough)and is current on other inoculations. I board my little guy at my local vets office. This way the vet is nearby if needed. It is hard to leave our little friends behind but they are like kids and can "tune-in" on our body language so make sure in front of the animals that you are confident and upbeat. Take some of their favorite food/treats and a toy. If your pets have a special blanket or "comfy" of some sort take that as well. It gives them a sense of security. Hope this helps. Things will be fine.

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