If you have never left your pet for an extended time, you may be a little apprehensive the first time. Typically, you and your furry friend may experience separation anxiety. However, with a few tips and tricks, it can be an enjoyable and stress-free experience for both of you.
Who knows? Your pet may even return better groomed and relaxed!
Think of it as a vacation for your pet while preparing for pet boarding. The time away from home can be beneficial in several ways. Asides from grooming services for your pet, they will also enjoy expert care, proper nutrition, exercise, and companionship.
Pet boarding facilities on the Gold Coast offer round-the-clock supervision and care. Furthermore, your furry friend will be secured in their space. No one can enter the pet boarding facility except for the staff. So, while you are away, you can rest assured that your pooch or feline is safe.
Now, you might be wondering how to get your pet ready for the days ahead. To make this experience as stress-free as possible, here are four tips to prepare your furry friend for pet boarding on the Gold Coast.
1. Adjust Sleeping Habits
We know it can be cozy and enjoyable to have your pet sleep on your bed. However, you need to prepare them for pet boarding—which means sleeping alone. It might be upsetting for the first few days, but your fur baby will adjust to it after a while and easily slip into this pattern at the pet resort without any hassle.
Pets often have different temperaments, that’s why your pet needs to have some socialization skills so they can get along with other pets and even make new friends. Dropping them at a boarding centre without any social skills can be stressful for them. Instead, you can take your furry friend to a park where he can meet other pets and improve his social skills.
3. Visit the Vet
Most pet boarding on the Gold Coast will request to see your pet’s vaccination card before admission. This check is to ensure your pet and the others in the facility stay healthy and infection-free. You should also take your pet for de-fleaing and deworming before dropping them off at the facility.
4. Bring a Piece of Home With You
To give your fur baby extra comfort and help them ease into the new environment, consider taking a favourite toy or item from home. It could be a familiar rug or your pet’s bed. Be sure to ask the facility in advance to get approval.
5. Boarding Trial
We recommend you try this for at least 24 hours. This can help reduce any separation anxiety your dog or cat may experience and it helps prepare your pet for a longer stay.
With these tips, your dog will be prepared for a pleasant stay in our pet boarding resort on the Gold Coast. Give us a call today!
Summers are a terrific time to put on a beach suit and hit the waters. No matter how intense the mid-day sun is, there’s always something to beat the heat. Unfortunately, you can’t say the same about your pets.
They can’t adapt to extremely hot and cold climes as well as humans can. Your dog could quickly develop heat exhaustion if they are left out on the burning pavement. Even if you take them out for some water splashing, they still need to be supervised.
In order to make the heat enjoyable for your furry pal, here are some thoughtful tips on how to keep your dog cool in the summers.
1. Keep Hydrating Them
Your elders may have often nagged you on the importance of hydration, so now it’s time to do the same with your dog. While most dogs are vulnerable to extreme heat, some breeds are in greater peril than others.
If your dog has thick, furry long hair, has a medical condition or is either too young or too old, then you need to be extra careful. Pugs, shih tzus, bulldogs – brachycephalic breeds— are more susceptible to dehydration. If your pet isn’t drinking enough water, keep more water bowls around them. And if you love being extravagant, keep a dog drinking fountain to attract your pet.
They may play with the water, but they will definitely be drinking more that way. When your dog returns after a run, it may be hard to make them drink water. It may be easier to cup some in your hand and help your pet gulp it down. Apart from hydration, the gesture will double the love between you two.
2. Never Leave Them in the Car
Don’t ever leave your dog in a locked car. Even when you think you’ll be returning after 5 minutes, humans can quickly succumb to forgetfulness. And knowing that vehicles and pavements are the quickest to burn up during summers, don’t test your pet’s limits.
Even if the car is spacey with the AC turned on, dogs can quickly suffocate and grow agitated in a locked, cramped vehicle. So don’t take any risks and keep your furry pal with you at all times.
3. Keep Your Home Cool
If your pooch will stay in the house in your absence, make sure your home is nice and cool. You may want to turn on the A.C or one or two fans to cool down the heat. Make sure the curtains are closed, as most of the heat seeps in from the windows. You can also use dog cooling mats or rugs to keep them extra cool.
4. Take Them Out for Some Beach Lovin’
If you’re wondering what to do with your dog on a hot day, then get him wet. Take your puppy out to the beach, with his favorite toys and make sure to have lots of fun. If the beach isn’t feasible, simply put up a small, shallow pool so that they can indulge in some splashing and waddling.
You can even add some ice cubes or ice packs to keep the pool chill. And, try to avoid keeping your pet in his kennel, as that can be suffocating and too hot. Trees can be much better for shade than doghouses.
So, that’s it, with these simple and smart precautions, both you and your pet can chill through the summers. Keep in touch with us for more awesome pet tips!
All our guests have a great time
Born into the pet care industry, resort owner Michael Avery has owned various pet resorts across the Gold Coast. However, he considers AAA Pet Resort his crowning achievement. Michael’s vision to create a home away from home for Gold Coast pets has been realised, as many happy customers can attest. Our philosophy is simple, yet effective: to ensure all of our guests have a great time, in a loving, protective environment.
All AAA animal carers uphold Michael’s high standards of care and comfort. This is reflected in their compassionate, observant nature when caring for your best friend
We have a 5 star team
Our enthusiastic team of dog lovers is driven to provide you and your pet with the most comfortable, enjoyable pet resort experience, while you enjoy your time away. Each staff member lives up to this philosophy by caring for your dog’s health, happiness, and wellbeing. You can be confident that while having the time of their lives, your best friend is safe and well looked after.
Frequently asked questions
Each of our five room options can be booked as either a Twin Share or a Private, so it’s still the same room, the option just depends on if your dog would like to have the room to them self or if they’d prefer to share that room with a friend. With dogs who do not live together at home, we will only board two dogs together at any one time, except under special circumstances, in which case you would be notified about the situation prior to boarding.
If you have a dog who thoroughly enjoys the company of another dog, the Twin Share option may be suitable. We match dogs in the Twin Share option according to size and temperament, so if you have a small, calm dog, your dog would be matched with another dog who is small, who would like to integrate but not be too over the top during play. If you have a large, playful dog, your dog would be matched to someone who wouldn’t mind playing the day away with your dog. There are endless combinations of pet traits.
There are instances where you may book your dog into a Twin Share room, but we may not have a dog boarding with us during that time who is suitable to share the room with your dog (Eg. Dogs got alone but one was much more playful than the other). If this occurs, we will be in touch with you to let you know that we weren’t able to find a match. When dogs are matched up, sometimes the dates that their booking goes for does not align. Your dog may be here for seven days, and their initial match may only be here for the first three days. The introduction process begins again once their first match has left.
We are very particular about which dogs share with one another, and our introduction process can take up to 3 or 4 hours. It’s most certainly not something we take lightly as we must ensure that both guests will feel comfortable being with one another during their stay. If there are any signs of anti-social behaviour from either dog, the introduction progress is ceased immediately.
If your dog has never boarded with us before, it’s highly recommended to book them a Private room so that you know the room is readily available for them to have them self should they require it. It’s very easy for us to change to a Twin Share, but due to availability, it’s not always easy for us to do it the other way around. Please get in touch with us if you’re unsure about which option is best for your dog.
If you’re looking for cat or dog boarding on the Gold Coast, your pet will be required to have current vaccination records. A good dog hotel on the Gold Coast will always protect all its canine and feline guests by making sure they are all up-to-date on their shots and healthy. Puppies and kittens require three initial vaccinations when they’re very young and then annual booster vaccinations and check-ups for life. Our requirements are C5 in dogs, and F3 in cats, and these vaccinations need to be conducted within the last 12 months, but not within 10 days of the arrival date to our resort. Be sure to ask your vet if you have any questions about your pet’s full protection and contact our friendly team to find out more about the vaccination requirements.
“I want to say a big 'thank you' to that looked after my princess, Heidi. Normally, a dog would lose weight while in boarding, but if you send your dog here, he will come back with holiday kilos, as well as be taken care of just as they are at home. Will be bringing Heidi back next time!”Michelle
“Just picked up Roxy and Havoc after two weeks overseas. They had a wonderful time, and the feedback I received on my dogs was fabulous. The staff spent a lot of time with them, so there will be a few more holidays for me, knowing my babies are in excellent hands.”Jo
“We have taken Mischy there several times now and we can leave her knowing that she will be looked after by some wonderful staff. Sometimes we wonder if she wants to come home or stay with the girls. We would recommend AAA Pet Resort to anyone and everyone.”Robyn
“Leaving your pet can be very nerve racking, but AAA Pet Resort were very professional and made it easy to do. They were contactable while we were away and took photos of our gorgeous girl for us to see. When we saw her face we were confident she was being cared for in the right hands.”Renea
“Ace and Rose has had three stay's now the latest being the longest. They looked very healthy and happy when we collected them. Thank you AAA Pet Resort for taking fantastic care of our two fur babies!”Darelle