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Preparing Your Dog For Boarding

Successful dog boarding is the result of a partnership between the owner and the kennels working together to make your dogs stay a great experience. A little preparation before their stay will help things run smoothly

If your dog has not boarded before it may be a good idea to book an initial short stay to help settle them into the kennels. This also provides you with the reassurance that the stay will be successful. At Murrayhill we find that, after just a few visits, it is common to find that a dog will accept their stay as just part if their normal way of life.

Prior to their stay make sure that your
vaccinations are current and that your dog is healthy and eating normally. The kennel will want to see the immunisation card when they check in as part of the requirements of their boarding licence. They may wish to keep it during the stay.

Let the kennel know of any
unusual habits or fears that your dog may have when you drop them off or preferably when booking. A good kennel will do their best to accommodate this to help your pet settle and be happy during their stay. This may simply mean that your dog is allocated a quieter section of the kennel away from other dogs. If your dog is aggressive with strangers or other dogs you must pre warn the kennel. It does not mean that they will refuse to board your dog, but the staff may handle them a little more cautiously. Likewise if your dog is possessive with its food bowl . Alert the staff to any allergies or health/exercise issues.

If your dog is a
worrier it may be worth dropping them at the kennel before you start to pack for your holiday. Many dogs feel anxious as the routine changes when the suitcases start to come out and the packing starts.

When packing for your dogs stay you can bring your
own food with specific instructions about feeding or let us provide food from a selection of wet or dry feeds. If your dog has a a delicate tummy it may be best to supply their regular food.

If your dog has
medication bring it in the original labelled container and give the kennel detailed instructions. Make sure that you supply and extra few days medication just in case your return is delayed

Many dogs like something that reminds them of home such as a
blanket or favourite toy. At Murrayhill we provide toys, bedding and a range of bed types to suit your dog, but we are happy for you to provide their own from home. Some people like to leave items of clothing to remind their dogs of home. When a dog is away from home they often like to chew as a stress relief so don't expect to get the things back in the same condition!

When
leaving your dog, take them down from the car to the reception on a lead. Some owners like to drop their dogs at the reception, while others like to go down to the kennels to settle their pet into their new surroundings. We are fine with either, although be prepared for the other dogs in the kennel to bark when new visitors arrive. As you leave they soon settle down and peace returns! Try not to be too emotional when leaving your fur baby as they can quickly pick up on the stress of the occasion and become worried. We recommend handing the lead to the kennel staff and quietly slipping away. If your dog has a particularly complicated harness or head collar don't forget to show us how it works!

Don't forget to leave a
phone number or email address where you can be contacted when you are away. It is also a good idea to leave contact details of a friend, neighbour or relative. If someone is to visit,or collect your dog, on your behalf you must give the kennel precise details when you drop them off.

Like your holiday, life in a boarding kennel can be very exiting and a rollercoaster of emotions for many dogs. When your dog gets to go home expect them to
sleep a bit more for the first day or two. They may also be more thirsty than usual and exhibit a different level of activity. All of these are perfectly normal as your companion readjusts back to their normal way of life.

In the kennel your dog will form a relationship with the staff and look forward to seeing them each day. Many dogs enjoy their stay at kennels and some owners are surprised at their reluctance to get back in the car when that are collected.


What if my dog forgets me?

Owners often worry that if they leave their dogs in kennels, especially for an extended period of time that their dogs will forget them. Don't worry, there is lots of evidence that dogs remember their owners even when separated for years (there are some great heartwarming YouTube videos of dogs welcoming their owners after they have been away on military service for long periods of time). Although dogs certainly dogs carry memories, emotions, fears and joys from the past, they also tend to live in the present and will enjoy their walks, games and attention whilst in the kennels. However, one of the pleasures of our job is the joy a dog exhibits when it is reunited with its owner at the end of their boarding stay.

Don't worry about boarding your dog. Relax and have a great trip.