Summer holidays and sometimes unforeseen instances can mean you need to kennel your pet. Of course there are also other alternatives like having a family friend look after your pet or hiring a professional dog sitter but these aren’t always available. So how do we prepare our dog for kennels. Choosing the best kennel for you and your pet Many kennels offer a variety of support for your pet. From luxury stays to long walks and open play with other dogs. Finding the right one is important. Always make sure they are registered with the correct authorities as well. Meeting the team Once you have chosen your kennel it is important for you and your pet to get to know the staff, surroundings and what is on offer. Once all of your questions have been answered it is time to meet the team. You could pop them in for a ‘day care’ experience or a one night stay to get them used to the kennel, this is often good for the kennels to see how the dog reacts to this time away for their family and how they can support you and your pet best. Send a piece of home with When the time comes, pack something from home to make sure they feel comforted. An item of clothing, a favourite toy or their beds if allowed, just like you would a child, after all they are your fur babies. Use supplements and sprays Broadreach Nature have an entire collection of products focussed on helping your pet remain relaxed. Take a look at our supportive sprays and supplements here. Keep up to date on their happiness Often kennels are happy for you to call at a specified time to find out how your pooch is fairing. Make sure you confirm with them at drop off or prior. Pick up Remember to remain calm and to wait for your dog to be brought to you. Causing them to get over excited at collection can cause undue stress. Once at home settle back into routine but remember, they will also need a few days to decompress just like humans do.