Dropping your beloved dog off at a new and strange place can be a stessful time – for both you and your dog. By taking a little time to prepare your dog, they will be more comfortable and you will have peace of mind that they’ll be safe and in good hands. To ensure that your dog will have a more enjoyable stay at Duffy’s Bed and Biscuit, we have put together a short checklist for you to review.
Having your dog(s) meet with your dog boarder or trainer ensures that they will not be shocked or frightened when service begins. A scarf or other item with your scent can be left with the boarder to further calm a nervous pet. Duffy’s Bed and Biscuit will ask you to fill out a Dog Information Sheet and other forms in order to best serve you and your dog.
Dog Owner Contact Information
Be sure to provide us with all of the information on where you can be reached: cell phone, hotel name, hotel location, your room number, or any other information on where you will stay. Include a phone number for a local neighbor, friend, or family member as well. Sharing detailed information with us helps greatly in case of an emergency, or if your schedule changes.
Dogs know when their owners are away, so keeping them on the same routine helps them feel more at ease during your absence. If there are there certain foods that your dog definitely cannot eat for whatever reason, or if your dog is on a special diet, please inform us.
Ensure that there will be enough food, treats, and favorite toys for the time that you will be away. Specify any preferred name or brand of food and treats. Leave this information with Duffy’s Bed and Biscuit in case you didn’t have time to buy dog food, or in case your trip is unexpectedly extended. Let us know: if you have a special carrier or bed for your dog, food bowls, and your dog’s health care products. For shy or nervous dogs, having smells and items from home help them to feel relaxed.
Similar to human children when their parents are away, dogs may try to test their limits while you are away. Inform Duffy’s Bed and Biscuit of any limitations to avoid any unwanted behavior, and any methods of training that you have been using for dealing with any of your dog’s possible behavior problems. Make note of how your dog may interact with other dogs and people as well.
Provide the name and phone number of your regular vet and an emergency vet. Notify Duffy’s Bed and Biscuit of the following for your dog(s): medical history, immunization records, microchip or any other identification information, medications, any minor health problems or phobias, or if your dog has ticks or fleas. You will be asked to fill out a Veterinarian Release Form for your dog.
If your dog is on medication, notify Duffy’s Bed and Biscuit ahead of time and provide a list, as well as the schedule for taking them. A Dog Medication Authorization Form will need to be filled out for each dog. For multiple dogs on medication, it can be helpful to place each day’s separate doses in labeled pill organizers or snack-sized plastic bags marked with permanent marker to show: your dog’s name, time to give medication, date, and amount of the dose. If you place your dog’s medication into cheese or peanut butter in order to ensure dosage, please provide each in a separate bag with instructions.