Staying at boarding kennels
If friends or relatives are unable to help out or your dog has special needs that require special care and attention, you should look around for suitable boarding kennels. It is helpful if you do this as early as possible so that you have a contact address handy in case of an emergency. When choosing kennels, always keep your dog’s wellbeing in mind: not all boarding kennels are actually good for your dog!
To make really sure that your dog feels at ease and that his needs are well cared for, you should take a number of things into account, including the various points listed below. It is also advisable to ask your vet or breeder to recommend suitable kennels, or discuss with them the place that you have chosen and visit the kennels unannounced.
Once you have decided on the right boarding kennels for your dog, you should preferably arrange for him to stay there for a short time on a trial basis. Pay attention to how he behaves afterwards and establish whether he has coped well with the stay both psychologically and physically. At all events – irrespective of whether the stay is long or short – you should compile an 8in1 Packing List for your dog and pack a few of his familiar things, such as his dog basket and toys.
- Ensure that the kennels are equipped with the required professional competence. Your boarding kennels should, among other things, be able to demonstrate that they are properly licensed and that their keepers are fully trained.
- Pay attention as to whether the boarding kennels asks knowledgeable questions: do they ask about vaccinations or when your dog had his last worming and flea treatment? What are the conditions of admission? Do they ask about any special character traits or illnesses? Do they cater for special dietary needs?
- What kind of accommodation is provided for your dog? Is the accommodation suitable for different breeds of dog? Is it clean, well-ventilated and safe (no danger of your dog breaking out or getting injured)?
- Ensure that your dog encounters the same or very similar conditions in his temporary accommodation as at home: a dog that is used to sleeping inside should, on no account, suddenly be made to sleep outside.
- Are there adequate opportunities for your dog to get exercise? How often is your dog exercised and for how long?
Packing list for a stay outside the home
You have decided to leave your dog for a period of time with friends, relatives or at boarding kennels or you have found a canine-friendly way of spending your holiday with your dog. Have all formalities been taken care of, has your dog had all the required vaccinations and has he been wormed and treated for fleas?
Staying with friends and family
Your decision not to take your dog along for the trip should be based exclusively on your dog’s wellbeing. Perhaps your elderly dog would find the journey too stressful, or maybe you have been unable to find suitable accommodation for your dog? Maybe you have to go away at short notice, and the only possibility would be to leave your dog alone during the daytime in a strange hotel room.
Your young puppy is extremely active and needs to eat several small portions of food a day. However, with food comes the need for your puppy to do his business. As a rule, your puppy will not dirty his own bed, but you must teach him that this applies not only to his basket, but also to your home. Observe your puppy closely. If he whines, turns in circles or seeks a place to do his business, pick him up and carry him outside. Praise him only once he has relieved himself there.