We’ve taken care of a LOT of dogs over the years, and the most accurate predictor of a dog having a great vacation is how comfortable the dog is with being here. Dogs who “know” us come into their vacations more at ease, they eat better throughout their stay, rest better throughout their stay, and generally just have a great time.
Dogs who don’t know us do get there eventually, it just takes longer. Imagine only seeing the same four walls and same yard for years on end, except for the 2 or 3 times a year you got dropped off in a new place for a week at a time. Even we as humans would have trouble with that adjustment, so it’s only fair that our dogs might have a hard time with it too.
All it takes to change the dog’s perspective is a few play-days. By bringing your dog to daycare, you’re exposing them to our facility and our humans in shorter increments…a much more ideal way to adjust to being away from home overnight. As a parent you’ll probably be surprised by how quickly your dog starts to remember us and how happy he is to be here at drop off!
As a bonus, we often find that daycare before boarding helps our pet parents as well. It gives you the opportunity to get used to the pick up and drop off routine, and allows you to get to know the people who will be caring for your dog while you’re on vacation. Your trips out of town will be more enjoyable if you AND your dog are happy with where you are!