Pre-Boarding visits are overnight stays that allow our staff to get a picture of your dog’s comfort level. Pre-Boards should be completed at least 30 days before your dog’s first boarding visit. This will ensure that we have time to help your dog acclimate properly to our facility if your dog needs more pre-boards in addition to the first one. Please be aware that just coming for a Pre-Board does not mean that your dog has a reservation to board; rather, this means that we are evaluating your dog to see if boarding at Misty Pines is the best decision for your dog. Pre-boarding your dog before their first boarding visit helps ease concerns about boarding your dog, particularly if the dog is new to boarding, apprehensive or “elderly.” These concerns are valid and at Misty Pines we take them seriously. This experience will include getting them used to our scale for monitoring their weight, observation of your dog’s behavior, interactions with staff for check overs, helping your dog learn to use a doggie door, and observation of their appetite at meal times. We recommend scheduling your dog for multiple overnight pre-boarding visits if you plan to board your dog with us for an extended period of time.
Prior to setting up your dog’s first pre-board visit, we will need you to send your dog’s most recent Rabies, DHPP and Bordetella vaccination record. You can submit them through the vaccination submission form, or by email or fax. We require Bordetella within 6 months and at least 10 days before your dog can visit Misty Pines. Please check that the date your dog received the Bordetella vaccine has been within 6 months. If it has been longer than 6 months they would need to get it updated and then wait a minimum of 10 days before visiting Misty Pines for their pre-board. Once we have all the necessary vaccinations we can then set up the pre-board visit.
While here for a Pre-Board visit, your dog will stay in one of our indoor/outdoor runs to acclimate to the facility and all the new sights and sounds. Your dog has probably never heard our disinfecting equipment (a pressure washer) before. He may have never used a dog door. Has he used an automatic watering bowl that fills itself back up? Does he have people walk past him multiple times a day while he’s in his crate at home? These are all things he will need to get used to in order to have a good boarding experience. Remember; a dog who has never boarded and typically spends all day at home could become very stressed when boarding.
It is worth noting, before moving on, that bringing a puppy to the kennel at an early age will help to familiarize the pup with the sights, sounds, smells and staff of the facility and will help to ease anxiety about boarding later in life. Socialization is the most important aspect of raising a puppy.
When you pick your dog up from a Pre-Board, we will let you know how your dog did and if he needs to attend a couple of these sessions. It may also be that your dog is not suitable for boarding.
Pre-boarding visits are the same cost as an over-night stay for a dog of that weight. This cost includes cuddle time in addition to the regular observations and care that they receive for boarding. We highly recommend scheduling an activity for your dog and it should be an activity that is part of their normal routine: if your dog gets walked on leash each day, schedule a walk. If your dog goes to the dog park each day, schedule playtime with other dogs. We also have a Senior Program that gives multiple short walks per day to older dogs. This helps keep them limber and reduces joint stiffness and pain. Please visit our Boarding Activities page for a full list of our activities.
The 10+ Crowd
Elderly dogs are prone to stress in different environments, even those that are very well-socialized. Furthermore, stress can be more physically damaging to an older dog and may lead to serious health problems.
Any dog over 10 years of age that has not boarded at Misty Pines before, or maybe not since they were very young, is required to schedule a Pre-Board. If there are health issues already present, an over-night stay will help to ensure that the problem does not worsen when separated from the owner/family.
Elderly dogs may not be permitted to board if our staff feels that it will not be in the dog’s best interest to board them. We take the health and safety of our dogs very seriously.
Scheduling your pre-board:
– Pre-board visits are scheduled to check in at Misty Pines on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. These days and times are necessary so that our staff can properly observe your dog in the kennel, spend time with them and help them properly acclimatize to the kennel environment.
– Submit updated vaccination records prior to scheduling. Pre-board visits will not be scheduled unless we have all of your dog’s up-to-date vaccines, including a 6 month Bordetella.
– Choose the boarding activity you would like to schedule for your dog.
Once you schedule your dog’s pre-board with us please complete the following:
– Complete a Medication Card if your dog requires any medications while staying with us
– If bringing your pet’s food, bring it in a Tupperware type hard container, not a bag
– If bringing treats or toys (nothing soft or with fabric on it), label with your pet’s name