Doggie Daycare and Boarding Etiquette During the Holidays

The holiday season brings joy and festivities, but for pet owners, it can also mean navigating the intricacies of doggie daycare and boarding during this busy time. Safety, efficiency, and comfort are all important factors to consider when organizing daycare, which is where etiquette becomes paramount in fostering a smooth experience.

Basic doggie daycare etiquette is one thing, but during the holidays it can be slightly different. Here’s what to keep in mind.

Book Your Dog Early

The holiday season is a peak time for doggie daycare and boarding, as everyone ramps up for travel. To secure a spot for your furry friend, make reservations well in advance. This not only guarantees a place for your pup but also helps the facility plan for the increased demand.

Communicate Special Instructions

Ensure open communication with the daycare or boarding facility. Share any specific instructions or routines your dog follows at home, including dietary needs, medication schedules, or favorite toys. Clear communication helps staff provide personalized care.

Leave emergency contact information with the facility, including your phone number and an alternate contact. 

Update Your Pup’s Vaccinations

Before dropping off your dog for daycare or boarding, ensure all vaccinations are up-to-date. This is not only a requirement for most facilities but also your responsibility as a pet owner in maintaining a healthy environment for all dogs.

Pack Familiar Items

If your dog is new to daycare, bring along some familiar items from home that your pup loves, such as their bed, blanket, or favorite toy. These items offer comfort and reassurance, making the new environment feel more like home for your furry friend.

Respect Facility Rules

Every doggie daycare and boarding facility has its set of rules and guidelines. Respect these rules, whether they pertain to drop-off and pick-up times, specific areas for play, or any holiday-related protocols. Compliance ensures a harmonious experience for all.

Be Mindful of Staff Workload

During the holidays, daycare and boarding facilities may experience increased demand and a higher volume of dogs. Be mindful of the staff's workload, and if possible, opt for off-peak hours for drop-off and pick-up to avoid congestion and pick-up on time!

Spread Holiday Cheer

Consider spreading holiday cheer by treating the staff or other dogs to a small, festive gesture. Whether it's a batch of dog-friendly holiday treats or a seasonal toy, sharing the joy enhances the sense of community within the facility.

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