While it would be great to take your dog on every vacation with you, it isn't always possible to do so. Sometimes, the resort that you are staying at isn't dog-friendly. Sometimes, you just need a break from your furry friend. Whatever the case may be, you can't leave Fido at home where he will get lonely and potentially destroy your house out of boredom. Sure, you could hire a pet-sitter or have a friend or family member come over multiple times a day to take care of him, but there is also another option. You could opt for dog boarding. Here are a few tips for first-time dog boarders:

Tip #1: Pack Your Dog a Bag.

Before you leave the house, you are going to be packing your vacation luggage, but you don't want to leave your dog out. He's going on his own little vacation, so you need to pack him a bag, too. You need to make sure to include a few of your canine's favorite toys, his bed and his blanket. Just make sure you do not go overboard. Otherwise, you may not come home with everything. Plus, you don't want to leave the staff responsible with a ton of things. After all, they are there to take of your dog, not your dog's belongings.

Tip #2: Consider Taking Your Dog's Own Food and Treats.

While the kennel is going to have food, treats, etc. for your dog, it doesn't hurt to take your own. Your dog is used to eating his own food, and you have to think about the fact that your dog is going to be upset that you are leaving him. This could result in him not eating like normal. If he doesn't have his regular food, it could lead to him not wanting to eat at all. However, if he has his regular kibble that he likes, there is a better chance of him remaining on his regular diet while you are away.

Tip #3: Don't Draw Out Your Leave.

When you drop off your dog, try to make it as quick and painless as possible. The longer that you stay and play with your dog, the more painful and stressful it is going to be on you and your canine. While it may be difficult, try to maintain a cheerful and calm demeanor as you tell your dog goodbye and leave the kennel. This energy will pass onto your dog and will help him have a great time while you are away. 

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