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. While here for a pre-board visit, your dog will stay in one of our indoor/outdoor runs to acclimate to the facility as well as the new sights and sounds. 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 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. This means more than taking your dog to the park to socialize with other dogs and humans. The meaning of socialization stretches to encompass as many experiences as possible that the dog may have to deal with during it’s adulthood.
A 5 year old dog who has never boarded and typically spends all day at home could become very stressed when boarding while your family goes on vacation . He’s never been here before and 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.
Taking the time to do a few Pre-Board sessions will be monumental in helping him deal with the stress of boarding. While here for a pre-board your dog will stay in one of our indoor/outdoor runs to acclimate to the facility as well as the new sights and sounds. Your dog may be given short activities that will give us insight into your dog’s reaction to kennel life as well as to other dogs. It is best to let us know what your typical routine is at home so that we can choose appropriate activities.
Your dog may need extra help acclimating to Misty Pines, especially if you plan to board your dog with us for an extended period of time. If that is the case we recommend scheduling your dog for an over-night boarding stay .
Step One is a 4 hour stay. This allows our Pre-board Director and staff to get to know your dog. They will be introduced to their dog door, acclimate to their new surroundings, and will be monitored for any signs of stress.
Step Two is an 8 hour stay. After their first visit, your dog will be more prepared to stay a longer duration. They will continue their acclimation to the kennel environment and dog door. Your dog may be given short activities that will give us insight into your dog’s reaction to kennel life as well as to other dogs. It is best to let us know what your typical routine is at home so that we can choose appropriate activities.
Step Three is an overnight stay. The overnight stay allows our staff to get a final picture of your dog’s comfort level. This experience will include getting them used to our scales for monitoring their weight, continued observation on your dog’s behavior, interactions with staff for check overs, and observation of their appetite at meal times. Your dog may need extra help acclimating to Misty Pines, especially if you plan to board your dog with us for an extended period of time. If that is the case we recommend scheduling your dog for an over-night boarding stay.
Some dogs benefit from multiple visits while others may be ready right away. Our Pre-Board Process is multi-step, but your dog may be approved to stay at any stage. We may also recommend an extra service such as training or playtime to keep your dog successful.
The 10+ Crowd
Unless very well socialized, elderly dogs are more prone to stress in a new environment than younger dogs. 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.