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Doggy Sleepovers & Overnight Boarding 101

Yes, it’s a thing! At the Little Beach Dog in Newburyport MA we are making Doggy Sleepovers & Overnight Boarding a trend. If you know the importance of social skills and your dog is already a doggy daycare participant, then doggy sleepovers will become second nature.

The important part of having your dog acclimated to doggy sleepovers eliminates the stress of both planned and unexpected travel time when taking the family dog might not suit the travel experience. We all know the stress involved with both planned trips and unexpected travel time. There is so much planning and chaos wrapped around traveling that the last thing you want to deal with is the anxiety and stress related to separation anxiety between you and your dog. The Little Beach Dog has evolved plans, with options, that suit different dogs, personalities, and needs. Most importantly, these options put the huMoms at ease to allow you to venture off without guilt or added stress. Here’s what you need to know about Doggy Sleepovers & Overnight Boarding with The Little Beach Dog Daycare, or with any daycare in your area.

The obvious requirements for any doggy daycare or boarding facility include proper licensing, proper vaccination requirements, quality reviews, and probably the most important recommendations. Any daycare or boarding facility is going to be very strict on acquiring updated vaccination records. But remember, if they require it from you they require it from everyone. This translates into all dogs are healthy and outbreaks are controlled. While this may feel like a hassle on your end, it’s a protective aspect that is needed and is detrimental to the health and well-being of your dog and all the other dogs at daycare or in the boarding facility.

Once you’ve located the facility make sure to consider a properly packed pooch. This includes personal items, foods, a feeding schedule, and any medications.

Make sure to pack a sleepover bag for your pooch. This should include his or her favorite toys to add a layer of comfort. If allowed, you could even pack your dog's bed from home. Not only are these belongings familiar to your dog but they also hold familiar scents. Having the smell of home will help your dog find a sense of comfort. Having familiar smells also reduces sensory overload. Your dog's nose is 1,000 to 10,000 times more redemptive than your sense of smell. It doesn’t matter how amazing any pet-related facility is, as a human, we pick up on the smells when we walk through the door. Imagine what that sensory overload is like for your dog. Having familiar smells lessons that overload drastically.

When packing your doggy sleepover bag another very important item is your dog's food and feeding schedule. Any change in your dog's routine can cause upset bellies and loose stools. Maintaining the same dog food and feeding times helps to maintain healthy digestion. The last thing you want is for your dog to be left without his or her normal food and snacks. This can cause disruption in diges