Is this your dog or cat’s first time being boarded at a pet resort? Or are they’re boarded pretty frequently? If your pet is a newbie or a seasoned veteran, here are a few easy things you can do to help make their time with us much more fun and stress-free. We’ve shared some of our best tips for preparing your dog for their stay below.
Call your vet ahead of time to make sure your dog or cat is up-to-date on all their vaccines. If they’re not, schedule an appointment with your vet to get them current. If you dog’s on regular medication, write down instructions for us about the how and when of their medication(s).
Get Their Feet Wet
Before leaving your canine or feline friend for a week or two boarding stay, consider having them stay with us for a weekend or a few week nights. This can help them get adjusted to being away from you more gradually. A short stay or two can be a great way for them to get used to us and the routine of the pet resort. Before long, they’ll begin to accept boarding as just a part of the normal routine of life.
Come Before You Pack
Seeing you packing up could make your dog or cat anxious. Consider dropping off your pet before you start to pack up and get ready to go. This can help keep your pet calm, cool, and collected as they prepare to start their own vacation.
Bring Something Familiar
Whether it’s a favorite stuffed chew toy or a bag of yummy treats, leave something that will remind your dog or cat of home. Having something that smells of home can help ease any anxiety about being away from home while at the pet resort.
Don’t Switch Out The Grub
When boarding your pet, you want to provide as much continuity as possible. If possible, bring a supply of the food your dog or cat is used to eating. Having the same chow can make an animal a lot more comfortable when they’re away from home.
Keep It Positive
Animals have a keen sense of human emotions. If they see you’re upset, that could upset them also. On the ride over, stay positive! After all, they’re going on vacation too! Feel free to take your time as you say goodbye to your dog or cat, but avoid being overly emotional if possible. You want to reinforce that Woodlands is a fun place to be. It is!
Check In On The Go
Each room at Woodlands has a webcam so you can keep tabs on your pet even when you’re miles away. At check-in, you’ll receive a username and the password for the webcam in the room your pet is staying in. Use them to log-in to the webcam using the Webcam link on the homepage of our website.