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Most pet owners at some point feel the need for a pet boarding service in times of travel especially. While finding someone to look after your pet at home would be the ideal situation, it may not be the easiest and it is also not easy for ask someone to keep your pet with them while you are away. Today there are several pet boarding options available in the capital and while it’s not easy to know what exactly is on offer in terms of hygiene, care and trust, there are some basics that you should consider as sufficient indicators.
• Taking some time to research and visit a kennel to help make boarding your dog a stress free situation for everyone.
• If you have never boarded your dog before, you should first ask people who you trust for recommendations. Seek the advice of family, friends, neighbors you trust and of course your veterinarian. Once you have a few kennel names, look them up online and see if they have a website or online reviews. If you are comfortable with what you find there, the next step is to visit the facility.
• There are not many boarding kennels in Kathmandu valley. What so ever, reputable kennels allow owners to visit them to see what the facilities are like. The day you visit, leave your dog at home. Take your time to tour the facility and ask as many questions as you need answers for.
• Ask about their emergency procedures, whether their staff is trained in first aid for dogs? What are their medical facilities and how they handle playtime or walks. Each kennel is different, so don’t assume that once you have seen one kennel, you have seen them all. Is it also okay to call and check on your dog. You won’t be the first or last owner to call the kennel to check in, and staff are more than happy to give progress reports.
• Once you find one or more kennels you like, see if they offer daycare or a trial session for new dogs. Many kennels will allow you to try them for free for a few hours or offer discounted rates for one overnight stay. This helps get your dog used to the facility, staff and being away from you. Usually, this first visit is harder on the owner than it is on your dog.
• Before you board your pet, make sure all the vaccinations, de-worming, flea and tick prevention is up-to-date. Most kennels require all dogs to be up to date on all of their vaccines. You can call your vet and ask if you dog is up to date on all. If you need to update any, do that as soon as possible. Some owners are relaxed on these treatments because their dogs never leave the house.
• The day you drop your dog off at the kennel, don’t let your pet see that you are stressed or upset. Make the day fun and exciting, so that they associate the trip to the kennel with fun and play.
• A common fear among first-time boarders is that their dog will forget them if they are gone for an extended period of time. This is simply not true, as it is well documented that dogs who have been separated from their dogs for a period of years remember their owners. But all the evidence in the world is often not enough to convince us that our dogs won’t forget us. So, in order to help your dog relax at the kennel and set your own mind at ease, it may help to send a blanket/toy/old t-shirt or other items that smell of home.Your feelings will be completely assuaged when you pick your dog up and he can barely contain himself when he sees you.