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Taking your furry companion on a trip can be challenging, and when you have to leave them behind, it can be even harder. However, many families choose to board their pets, allowing them to travel without worrying about their pet’s safety and well-being. However, transitioning to a boarding environment can be overwhelming, especially for a new dog owner or a first-time boarder. In this blog post, the expert in dog care, Buddy’s Dog Den, will provide you with eight simple tips and tricks that will help you introduce your dog to the boarding environment to ensure a smooth, stress-free experience for you and your furry companion.

Start Slowly

It is essential to start slowly by introducing your dog to shorter stays before a long trip. This allows your dog to familiarize themselves with the boarding environment, the routine, and the staff. When you first take your pet to the boarding facility, stay with them for a few minutes, walk them around, and let them smell their new surroundings. You can also give them treats to introduce positive reinforcement.

Another way to ease your dog into the boarding experience is to book a few daycare sessions or overnight stays. This will help them become comfortable and make sure they are well-suited for extended stays, should you ever need it.

Find a Reputable Boarding Facility

Finding a reputable boarding facility ensures that your pet will receive proper care while you are away. Do your research and read reviews online to find a facility that meets your specific requirements. Before selecting a boarding facility, make sure to tour the facility to check for cleanliness, staff training, safety measures, and exercise facilities.

Another way to ensure your pet is in good hands is to ask the staff about their certifications and training. Some boarding facilities even offer doggy daycare services, which allow your pup to interact with other dogs and receive extra attention from staff members while you’re away.

Stick to Your Pet’s Routine

To minimize your pet’s stress levels, try to maintain their normal routine as much as possible. Make sure to pack your pet’s favorite toy, bed, and blanket, and if your pet has a specific feeding schedule, make sure to inform the boarding facility of any specific dietary requirements. This will help your dog feel more comfortable in their new environment. You can also bring a piece of your clothing, as the smell may be soothing for your pup.

Let Your Pet Socialize

Once your pet is comfortable and used to their environment, allowing them to socialize is important. Boarding facilities typically offer playtime in outdoor yards or dog parks where dogs can interact with other dogs and staff members. This helps your pup to build social skills and become more comfortable in their new environment.

Additionally, if your pet tends to get anxious or aggressive in certain situations, make sure you tell the staff before socializing. This will ensure that they are prepared to handle any unexpected behaviors.

Vaccination Records

Most boarding facilities require pets to be up-to-date with vaccinations before being admitted. Ensure your pet has all the necessary vaccinations and documentation to avoid any last-minute hassles. It’s also essential to inform the boarding facility of any health concerns or issues your pet may have.


It is crucial to train your pet to follow basic commands before boarding. Commands such as ‘come,’ ‘sit,’ and ‘stay’ can help prevent accidents and make the boarding experience more manageable. Training also helps your dog feel confident and secure in new surroundings.

On the other hand, teaching your pet not to jump on people or bark excessively can help them be more successful in the boarding environment and ensure a pleasant experience for both you and the staff.

Leave Emergency Contact Information

When leaving your pet at a boarding facility, make sure to leave detailed contact information in case of an emergency. This includes your home address, phone number, the name and telephone number of your veterinarian, the name and contact information of any family members or friends who may be able to assist you in case of an emergency, and any other relevant information.

Say Goodbye

When it comes time to leave your pet, try to remain calm and confidently say goodbye. Your pet will likely pick up on your emotions, so it is essential to leave them with a warm, reassuring goodbye. It’s also essential to let the boarding staff know about any special needs or instructions as you leave.

In addition to following these tips and tricks, it’s important to remember that each pet is unique and will respond differently to their environment.

Final Thoughts

In Buddy’s Dog Den, we understand that traveling is an exciting experience and leaving your furry friend behind can be challenging. However, with these eight tips and tricks, you can help your pet have a positive and stress-free boarding experience. Make sure to start slowly, find a reputable facility, stick to your pet’s routine, have vaccination records, and leave emergency contact information. Finally, confidently say goodbye and reassure your pet that you will return soon. These tips and tricks can help ease the transition for you and your furry friend. Safe travels!

Published by HOLR Magazine.