Just like humans, a dog holiday needs to be prepared for their holiday too.
Here are 5 things to think about when preparing your dog for their holiday.
Provide as much information as possible about your dogs’ likes and dislikes
If we have the right information, we can hit the ground running with enjoyable, familiar activities to provide an amazing holiday for your pet. Be honest about issues your dog might have, our staff have experience with a lot of behaviour issues and we’ll know how to approach your dog or keep him comfortable if we know about his triggers/fears/dislikes.
Bring something familiar from home along
Having a bit of a reminder of you will make him feel a bit safer, especially if it’s his first time away from home. A favourite toy, blanket or his own bed will do. If you are worried that your dog might not cope for any reason, make a booking for a day visit so that your dog gets the feel for the facility, activities and people. We would be able to give you feedback to help you get peace of mind and we would be able to give you suggestions on how to tweak preparations for your individual dog’s holiday.
Some dogs might find the new environment a bit stressful, and when presented with food that he is not used too, he might opt to skip a meal or two or three. We really do not want our guests to feel edgy and hungry on their holiday. Changing a dog’s diet can also lead to tummy upsets, not the best start to any holiday. It’s much easier on your pets if they continue receiving the meals that they are used too.
Please make sure that your dog is protected against ticks, fleas, and mango flies before you check in your dog. X-spot will protect your dog against all three of these pesky invaders. Your furkid’s vaccinations have to be up to date to ensure we can keep all the dogs in our facility safe from unwanted and costly illnesses.
Serious behaviour issues
If your dog has more serious behaviour concerns like reactivity or aggression toward unfamiliar people, booking them into a boarding facility should be avoided. It will be stressful for the dog and a risk for the staff to interact with your dog or go into his environment. Dogs with full-blown separation anxiety will not cope in a boarding facility. Asking someone they know very well to pet sit them, is the better option.