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Preparing Your Pet for Their First Stayover at a Kennel

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If you’re planning to leave town for a few days or weeks and can’t take your furry friend along, a kennel stay is an excellent option for your pet’s care. However, it’s essential to prepare your pet for its first stayover at a kennel to ensure they feel comfortable and secure while you’re away. Here are some tips to help prepare your pet for its kennel stay.

  1. Research Kennels

Before selecting a kennel, do your research. Check reviews and ratings online, or ask for recommendations from other pet owners. Visit the kennel in person, and ask questions about their services, policies, and procedures. You want to ensure the kennel meets your pet’s needs and provides a safe and comfortable environment.

  1. Introduce Your Pet to the Kennel

Before the actual stay, take your pet to the kennel for a visit. This will help them become familiar with the kennel’s environment, staff, and other animals. Introducing your pet to the kennel beforehand can ease their anxiety and help them feel more comfortable during their stay.

  1. Pack Familiar Items

Pack your pet’s familiar items, such as their favourite toys, blankets, and food bowls. Having familiar items around can help your pet feel more at ease and reduce their stress levels during their stay. Make sure to label all of your pet’s belongings with their name and contact information.

  1. Stick to Your Pet’s Routine

Try to stick to your pet’s routine as much as possible during their kennel stay. Provide detailed instructions to the kennel staff about your pet’s feeding and exercise schedule, medication, and any other special needs your pet may have. Keeping your pet’s routine consistent can help them feel more comfortable and reduce their stress levels.

  1. Stay Calm

Pets can sense when their owners are anxious or stressed, and it can cause them to feel anxious too. Try to stay calm and relaxed when dropping off and picking up your pet. Give them a calm and reassuring goodbye, and let them know you’ll be back soon.


Preparing your pet for its first stayover at a kennel can help ensure its comfort and safety while you’re away. Research kennels, introduce your pet to the kennel beforehand, pack familiar items, stick to your pet’s routine, and stay calm during drop-off and pick-up. With these tips, your furry friend will have a successful and stress-free kennel stay.