Preparing for Your Dog Boarding Stay

Preparing for Dog Boarding Stay

New to boarding your dog and looking for advice? Come prepared for your dog boarding stay with our expert guide, ensuring your pet’s comfort and safety.

Dog Boarding at Silver Maple Pet Center

Silver Maple Pet Center is a unique pet hotel experience that offers a range of services. Our dog boarding offers a safe haven for your pet when you're away. With specialized care from our expert staff, your dog will be treated like family. Opting for dog boarding not only secures a supervised environment for your pet but also affords them the opportunity for socialization and play, enriching their days in your absence.

When selecting a boarding facility, consider factors such as cleanliness, staff qualifications, and the availability of emergency care. We encourage you to visit our facility with your pet to gauge their comfort level and the staff's interaction with your dog.

Preparing Your Dog for Boarding

Health and Safety Requirements are paramount. Ensure your dog is up to date on vaccinations like Rabies, Distemper, Bordetella, and Canine Influenza. Learn more specific details about our vaccination requirements. A recent vet checkup is recommended (but not required) to affirm your dog's health and provide peace of mind.

Adjustment and Acclimation are crucial for a stress-free stay. Acquaint your dog with the boarding environment beforehand if possible. Trial stays can significantly ease your pet's anxiety, familiarizing them with the new surroundings and routine. We also offer doggy daycare services as an easy way to introduce your dog to the experience.

Behavioral Preparation involves socialization training and managing separation anxiety. Introducing your dog to varied social situations can enhance their adaptability and reduce stress during boarding.

Packing for Your Dog's Boarding Stay

A thorough dog boarding checklist ensures your pet's comfort and care in your absence. This list should include:

  • Food and Feeding Schedule: At Silver Maple, we provide premium food for your stay, but it is recommended that you bring your own food. A change in diet can sometimes cause additional stress on your dog’s body and in some cases diarrhea. Pack enough of your dog's regular food to avoid digestive upsets. Include a feeding schedule to maintain consistency.
  • Medications and Care Instructions: Clearly label all medications and provide detailed administration instructions.
  • Favorite Toys and Comfort Items: Familiar toys can bring comfort to your dog in a new environment.
  • Bedding: If your dog has a favorite bed, we invite you to bring it with them.
  • Contact Information and Emergency Contacts: Provide your contact details and an alternative in case of emergencies.
  • Special Instructions: Note any behavioral quirks or care instructions to assist the boarding staff.

Drop-off Day

On drop-off day, maintain calmness to avoid elevating your pet's stress. Familiarize yourself with the check-in process, ensuring all paperwork and care instructions are duly submitted. A stress-free goodbye, though difficult, reassures your dog of your return.

During Your Dog's Stay

Communication is always important. We invite you to check in on your pet whenever you’d like. We will also reach out if there are any concerns at our end. You can also check out our Facebook page for daily photos of dogs playing.

Picking Up Your Dog

Upon picking up your dog, inquire about their stay, noting any behavioral or health changes. Gradually reintegrate your pet into their home routine, allowing them to adjust at their own pace.

Preparing for your dog boarding stay is essential for a smooth experience for both you and your pet. By following this guide, you can ensure your dog is well-cared for, comfortable, and ready for a happy reunion.