Prior Preparation To Positively Prepare Your Dog For Their First Boarding Kennel Experience
How can I prepare my dog for the best, most positive first kennel boarding experience?
Ideally, we highly suggest taking advantage of our complimentary doggy daycare day for your dog to come stay with us for the day, free of charge. Your dog will
have the opportunity to meet us and get acquainted with the smells, sights and sounds of our farm and kennel location. They will become familiar with the dog
boarding accommodation itself as well as join us for a hike where they can make their ‘marks’ along the way through forests, pastures and trails. Come the time
when they stay with us longer, their prior introduction will make an impressive differencewith them settling in easily, eating without hesitation and relaxing with less stress overall...more like staying with familiar friends at their “home away from home”.
If you don’t have the time to bring your dog to stay for the day, then please consider coming out for a visit yourselves and bring your dog along, for a fun positive meet and greet! It is remarkable how easy your dog’s transition will be when they come again. Equally important, you will have the opportunity to become acquainted with us, our location and what we have to offer so that YOU also will have less transitional stress come the time when you leave your ‘family’ dog in our care.
If possible, after your dog has the opportunity to spend a day at Harmony Farm kennel, then it would be excellent de-sensitization for your dog, to come and stay a longer duration such as one, two or three nights prior to any extended duration away from their family home.The best timing for your dog to come visit for any length of time, prior to your longer vacation, is about 2 weeks.
Additionally, if and when you are able to bring your dog for an introductory kennel boarding stay with us prior to a longer vacation, regardless of the length of initial visit, your dog will feel more at ease if they have their regular things like their bed or crate as well as something that smells like you for their added creature comforts. Tip: If you can cause your dog to want to seek out their bed or crate at home, by conditioning them to find comfort there (with the support of your affection and/or toys and treats occassionally),then, whenever you bring your dog to our kennel you will bring their bed/crate with them, making their transition easy, comfortable and stress-free for all, just like home!