How to prepare you and your dog for a stay away from home!

Remember, any change in your dog’s routine can be stressful for them (and you!), so the more prepared you can be, the better!

Some dogs cope very well with short stays in kennels. However, many have trouble coping with their new environment, different noises, people and routine. Thankfully, there are things you can do to reduce the stress and anxiety felt by you and your dog.
  • Fit an Adaptil Collar to your dog 24 hours before you take him/her to the kennels. The collar constantly releases a ‘dog appeasing pheromone’ and is scientifically proven to help comfort dogs in situations that might make them feel apprehensive or fearful. The ‘dog appeasing pheromone’ is normally released by a mother dog a few days after giving birth to her puppies – in adult dogs this pheromone continues to provide the same reassurance that puppies feel when they are next to their mothers
  • If your dog has a sensitive stomach or is a fussy eater he/she may not react well to standard kennel food. It is important therefore to check with the kennels that they are happy to feed your dog’s usual food. Remember, to provide enough to the kennel to last for your dog’s stay
  • Make sure that you check the times you are able to drop-off and pick-up your dog at the kennels.  To reduce the stress caused by the normal visits, kennel owners often have specific times for owners to collect and drop-off their dogs
  • Finally, make sure the kennel has your emergency and vet contact details, or if possible the number for the place you are staying

Things to note

Kennel cough

Make sure your dog has had their kennel cough vaccine. If not, you will need to book an appointment for a booster before your dog’s stay – check with the kennel how soon after the vaccine they will take your dog (most kennels request 2 weeks). To prevent infectious diseases being spread in their kennels, most will not take a dog unless they are fully vaccinated.

General Health

If your dog is on long-term medication explain to the kennels when and how this is given and check they are happy to give medication when you make the booking. If your dog is elderly, or you have a concern about your dog’s health a check-up appointment with your vet before their stay in kennels would be wise.

Although it is important to plan for your dog’s stay at the kennels, keeping calm and not creating any unnecessary stress for your dog is equally important – dogs can easily pick up on owner anxiety. Try not to make a big fuss of your dog when you take them to the kennels and are leaving. Ensure that you have taken everything with you that your dog requires for his/her stay, so that you don’t have to go back again, and potentially unsettle them.

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