Fourth of July weekend means summer vacation season has arrived. You’ve made your hotel reservations, booked your air travel, cancelled mail delivery, and packed your suitcase. What have you forgotten?
Quality boarding kennels book up quickly for the busy summer vacation months. Yet, in the flurry of booking travel arrangements for themselves, many vacationers forget to plan ahead the family pet’s vacation, too.
The pet care experts at Best Friends offer the following advice for making sure that your family pets enjoy their summer vacation as much as you do yours:Step 1: Find a Quality Kennel
Look for a kennel that offers a structured routine, round-the-clock monitoring of eating, play and elimination behaviors, and frequent contact with caring, warm humans. Before you book, visit any facility you are considering:
Step 2: Prepare Your Pet
In addition to making reservations, you need to:
Step 3: Enjoy your vacation
When you deliver your pet to the boarding kennel, give him an affectionate good-bye and leave. Use a happy tone of voice, and he will feel reassured. Don’t linger or cause a prolonged farewell scene; this will only create anxiety for your pet.
If this is your pet’s first time boarding, and you are anxious, make arrangements with the kennel staff to call and check on how he’s doing. At Best Friends, associates understand that pets are part of the family and will be happy to take a call from a worried pet owner.
For more information, see the Boarding section of our Questions and Answers page.