Bridewell Hilltop Kennels Industry Info

(415) 231-2087
325 Sunset Trail
Novato, CA 94945
Anne Hadley is manager of Bridewell Hilltop Kennels.
If you’re planning to board your pet during an extended trip, make sure you take several considerations into account.

Boarding your dog or cat is a great way to ensure they get proper care while you’re away for an extended period of time, but if you’ve never worked with a boarding facility before, it’s important to know a few guidelines so you can maximize the comfort and enjoyment of your pet’s stay. Consider the following tips:

Ease the transition. To help your pet acclimate to the kennel environment, try bringing it in for a couple of daycare visits prior to a long-term stay. “If your pet has never been boarded before, two or three short visits can help familiarize them with the environment and reduce the stressfulness of the transition,” explains Anne Hadley, manager of Bridewell Hilltop Kennels in Novato. “Dogs in particular are prone to separation anxiety, especially if they’ve been adopted from shelters. By dropping them off and picking them up a couple times prior to an extended stay, you can bolster your dog’s confidence, reduce emotional stress and improve the quality of its boarding experience.”

Communicate dietary and medication needs. A reputable boarding facility will be happy to accommodate your pet’s dietary or medical needs, but to ensure these needs are met correctly, it’s important to communicate clearly about the details. “When an animal has special medication or food, it’s crucial for the owner to provide instructions on how and when these are to be administered,” confirms Ms. Hadley. “Often, it’s the simplest things that owners neglect to think of. For instance, you need to know the specific amount of food your pet receives—if you simply say your dog gets ‘half a scoop’ of food, that doesn’t provide any information in terms of measurement. If you think about these kinds of details ahead of time and communicate them clearly, the boarding facility will be better equipped to meet your pet’s needs.”

Keep it simple. In an effort to make your pet feel more at home, you may feel inclined to bring toys, bedding and other items to the kennel. However, Ms. Hadley says it’s best to leave any unnecessary articles at home. “Kennels have a lot of animals to keep track of, so it’s easy for things like toys and bedding items to get lost in the mix. Rather than trying to keep all these items together, the boarding facility’s employees should be focusing their energy on caring for your pet.”