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How to Prepare for Dog Boarding: 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Boarding Experience

June 24, 2024

We love our furry friends. That’s why we know that it can be a bit nerve-wracking when pet parents go away. However, with proper preparation, you can ensure a smooth and stress-free dog boarding experience. Whether you’re a first-time boarder or a seasoned pro, our five tips will help you and your dog feel more comfortable and secure.

1. Ensure your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations

Before boarding a dog, it’s crucial to ensure your dog is up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations. Reputable boarding facilities require proof of specific vaccinations to ensure the health and safety of all their canine guests. So, what vaccines do dogs need to be boarded? Typically, these include rabies, distemper, and Bordetella (kennel cough).

Check out The Hydrant’s boarding agreement for more vaccine information before your dog’s stay!

2. Visit ahead of time!

To help your dog feel more comfortable, visit The Hydrant beforehand. This gives your dog a chance to familiarize themselves with the new environment and meet the staff. This also allows you to address any concerns or questions you may have prior to your stay.

3. Give your dog the gift of stay upgrades

At The Hydrant, we believe dogs deserve the very best. That’s why our luxury dog hotel offers boarding upgrades to make your dog’s experience the very best it can be.

Comfort is key. The Hydrant offers many options for your dog, from luxury dog rooms (8x10ft) with TVs to classic suites (3×6 ft) and add-on options like dog spa treatments and doggie play time (group or individual).

Special treats. We also offer the following upgrades to enhance your dog’s stay: private play/nature walk, boarding daycare, dog ice cream treats, peanut butter or pumpkin Kong®, a bedtime story, massage therapy, or a scheduled Facetime call with you! 

4. Maintain your dog’s routine

Dogs thrive on routine, so try to keep their schedule as consistent as possible. The Hydrant will ask for detailed instructions regarding your dog’s feeding, walking, and medication schedules. Our boarding staff will follow your dog’s routine, reducing stress while they are away from home.

5. Consider dog boarding training

If your dog tends to need reinforcement, consider a dog boarding training program. We offer personalized training sessions for your dog while boarding. These sessions cover basic obedience, recall training, proper play, and leash skills, promoting growth and confidence.

If you are looking for dog boarding services in Long Island, New York, look no further than The Hydrant Hotel, the destination dogs love and parents trust. Find out why the Hydrant is your dog’s home away from home.

For more information, check out our dog boarding FAQs or call 631-601-2835 to get started!