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Oklahoma City: Dog House Divided

Football season is here and you know what that means, tailgating and watch parties! We all love getting together to enjoy a little rivalry between our favorite teams but where does this leave our four-legged friends? Not every pup is okay with a stimulating outing like tailgating, and that’s okay, but what do you do?

Oklahoma House Dog House Divided_sadie and annie

Boarding for Away Games

Boarding is always an option for those out of town games. Some facilities, like Hefner Road Pet Resort for instance, are the perfect location to house your pet when they are in need of a home away from home. HRPR even has OSU and OU theme suites for your pet to feel at home!

Hosting a Watch Party?

If your pet is comfortable when a crowd comes over, be wary of those puppy dog eyes they give oh so well! Remind your friends that human food is for humans and ‘Scruffy’ may think he wants a bite but it won’t be worth the belly ache later, they’ll understand!

Home Alone Pet?

Leaving your pet at home is also an option but be sure you aren’t setting them up for failure. This is when kennel training comes in handy! If you have a rambunctious pet that happens to have acquired the taste for furniture, leaving them with something stimulating to do can really help! There are several toys available on the market, however, we’ve had great luck with West Paw Design’s Tux Treat Toy and Topple Treat Toy.

As pet owners, we love involving our canine companions in special occasions but we do have to be responsible pet parents at the same. This football season, think about you how can safely involve your pup in your fall festivities, you’re sure to have a waggin’ good time!

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Boarding Blues

You’ve finally decided to take that hard earned vacation you’ve been dreaming of! You’ve planned and scheduled and, oh wait, the dog! How could you forget the dog?! Scout has never been boarded in the past five years that she’s graced you with her presence and you’re worried how she’ll do away from home for a whole week. With the proper preparations, Scout will not only be okay, she’ll have a wonderful time! There are some things to keep in mind when choosing the best boarding facility for your pet to ensure that they will be safe and entertained while you’re away.

Stow Awayssauce

When considering the best boarding facility for your pets, strict rules on vaccinations are not necessarily a bad thing. Look for facilities with stringent policies regarding vaccinations and flea and tick preventative for the safety of your furry friend. If your pet isn’t required a kennel cough vaccine or flea and tick, who knows what new friends you’ll come home with!

Smells Like Home

If your pet isn’t used to being away from you much, try packing a familiar blanket or t-shirt that smells like home. These comforts will help your pet better adjust to the new surroundings and smells of a boarding facility. Some pets are used to being confined or crated throughout the day, however, some are not. Ask if the facility allows for crates, etc. for added security if your pet finds comfort in their kennel at home

It all starts at Home

All of these strategies are helpful, but if your pet is not properly socialized, they are likely to have a rough time boarding. Exposing your pet to the outside world is very important and will help them better adapt to new places, sounds and people. Boarding your pet should be a fun experience for both owner and pet where you are able to leave your little one in the hands of people you trust.

Shop Around

Most facilities, like Hefner Road Pet Resort, should allow for tours, some may even require them before your pet’s stay. Taking a look at a potential boarding facility will help narrow down your choices and help pick the best place for your pet. Be wary of facilities that won’t let you see where your pet will be staying, transparency is important. You know what is best for your pet, so visit a few different places so you can make an informed decision.

Vacation Packing List

  • Special Diets; some pets require prescription or limited ingredient diets, be sure to tell the facility if this applies to your pup.
  • Toys; long lasting chew toys like Kongs are great for passing time! Bringing along a favorite toy may not be the best idea if your pup is a chewer, they may miss it when they get home!
  • Bedding; leave the heirloom quilts at home, a blanket that smells like family is just fine
  • Leash/Collar; Depending on the facility, your pet may be required to have a quick release collar, however, most facilities will send these items home with you so they don’t get lost in the shuffle.
  • Records; It’s a good idea to bring along vaccinations records and proof of flea and tick preventative, just in case.

*Most facilities will provide bowls, bedding, litter box, etc. but be sure to ask!

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