Checklist to Complete Before Boarding Your Dog for the First Time

Are you gearing up to board your dog for the first time? It’s a big step, not just for your pooch, but for you too. It can be an emotional experience that requires a bit of preparation as well. That’s why we’ve put together a handy checklist to ensure you’re as prepared as possible and can leave your dog in our care with peace of mind. Here’s what you need to know:

Health and Vaccination Records

Keeping all our canine guests safe and healthy is our top priority, so up-to-date vaccination records are a must. Ensure your dog is current on all vaccinations, including rabies, DHLPP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus), and bordetella (kennel cough). It’s also a good idea to have a recent wellness checkup. This not only eases any worries you might have, but ensures your pup can safely mingle with their new friends.

Packing Your Dog’s Bag

Packing for your dog is much like packing for a child – you want to ensure they have all their comforts and necessities. Here’s a quick list:

  • Food: Enough of their regular food for the stay, to avoid any digestive upsets.
  • Bedding: Their favorite blanket or bed, to give them a sense of home.
  • Toys: A couple of their favorite toys to keep them entertained.
  • Medications: Any required medications, clearly labeled with dosing instructions.
  • Special Instructions: Jot down any special care instructions or dietary restrictions.

Remember, these familiar items can help ease the transition and make your dog feel secure and loved, even when you’re not around.

The Meet-and-Greet

If possible, schedule a visit to the kennel with your dog before their stay. This allows your dog to get familiar with the sights, smells, and sounds, reducing anxiety when it’s time to stay without you. It’s also a great opportunity for you to meet the staff, see where your dog will be sleeping, and ask any questions you might have.

Boarding your dog for the first time is a big step, but with the right preparation, it can be a smooth and positive experience for both of you. And remember, here at Silver Streak Kennels, we’re dedicated to providing a warm, caring, and safe environment for your beloved dog. Our experienced team understands the importance of making your dog feel at home, ensuring their first boarding experience – and every experience thereafter – is filled with fun, care, and the utmost comfort. Give us a call at 607-263-2007 to learn more about our services!