(Closed) Boarding Our Dog For The First Time. Advice?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Sounds like you have all of your bases covered.  Did you get copies of the immunization records?  I would also take a blanket for your pup.  Let him lay on it for a few days so it smells like home.  It might give him a bit of comfort.

Other than that – don’t worry!  Kennels take care of all kinds of dogs so I’m sure yours will be nothing they haven’t seen before.   🙂

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

@coolbride125:  That’s exactly what I was going to say… get him a blanket or even a shirt that you wear. (no washing it, it must have your scent on it) It will help him out in a strange place to be able to smell home and you!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I just boarded my puppy for the first time and he got fleas and we can’t get rid of them!!!!!  Our kennel does flea checks, but didn’t stop the fleas on our poor puppy. Two months later and we still have fleas after flea bombing, flea baths, and cleaning excessively. Sorry, I don’t want to scare you, but I wish someone had warned me before we took our puppy to the kennel. Make sure to wash anything you bring back from the kennel, including the puppy and it’s blankets. Blue Dawn dishsoap works wonders to kill adult fleas! Just my two cents!

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Sounds good – unless your kennel requests it, I wouldn’t even worry about portioning out the food.  We just take the countainer and the scoop.

I agree with the PPs suggestion of a blanket though.  Just something cheap that smells like home.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

@demarca11:  MAybe they will the adult fleas but what about the eggs?

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

Can’t board our boys, but if it was me, I would take a shirt I had been wearing out of the laundry and leave that too…the dog knows it’s own smell, what it’s going to miss is yours, and a little piece of home tends to soothe them just a little bit….

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@happyface:  The eggs I’m still trying to figure out. I would hope some would wash off the puppy in the bath and the rest are killed in the wash (set on hot) and in the dryer. I’m also using Advantix II to kill future fleas, but still not super successful. At least washing everything immediately when you get back from the kennel decreases the chances of a flea infestation.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would reccommend exercising your dog more than normal the day you take him to the boarding place. This way he is tired and more easy going when you arrive. He will be less worried about you leaving and looking for a comfy place to take a nap.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011 - St. Joseph's Parish, Seattle Tennis Club

We boarded our pup for the first time this past week. It was so hard! 🙂 I missed the little man, but I know he was having fun playing with other dogs. I think what you’ve listed sounds fine – we separated his food, too, and supplied some separate treats, bully stick to chew in his crate, etc. Dogs are pretty low-key – I’m sure yours will do fine! 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

OP, I believe you have all your bases covered….I have yet to board our little one, we have a new puppy and we have yet to board him because I am so scared of doing it, I hear and read all these horror stories and I get scared….Good Luck to you and keep us posted on the outcome! Want to know he had a great time and you were worried for nothing….as someday that will be me!

 

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