Preparing Your Property For Boarding Pets
How do I prepare my property for boarding dogs?
Preparing the yard:
- Mow the lawns and remove any rubbish so that your yard looks neat.
- Walk the boundary of your fencing – ensure there are no gaps, even small ones, that may entice a guest dog to want to venture beyond the fencing.
- Check all gates are locked and not able to be left open, knocked open or opened by a visitor or intruder.
- Move any large items away from fences so that a dog can’t use them as stepping stones to get over your fence.
- If you have your own dogs do a poo patrol to ensure the yard is clean.
- Remove all chemicals and sharp objects so that it is safe for visiting dogs.
Preparing the inside of your home:
- Prepare the ‘living’ area that your guest dog will be using so that it is clean and tidy.
- Ensure there is no food within reach, especially chocolate. Ensure that all food is kept up high and in containers.
- Keep food cupboard doors closed at all times.
- Move all medication to shelves/cupboards out of a dog’s reach. Remember that some dogs can jump up onto bench tops.
- Pack away any shoes and toys or other items that a dog could chew.
- Discuss AGAIN with any other residents the need to be extra vigilant about security and safety of the incoming guest dog.
How do I prepare my property for minding cats?
Cats must always be kept secure as they most likely will NOT return if they manage to get outside.
Have the house clean and cat-proofed. Be sure to have done a general clean up inside.
If the cat is to be housed in only certain part of the house, ensure that area has been prepared for them.
Check all windows are locked and not able to be left or knocked open.
If you have your own pets, ensure individual space has been allocated so they can remove themselves from each other.
Discuss AGAIN with any other residents the need to be extra vigilant about security and safety of the incoming guest cat.
What can I do to ensure the pets are safe?
- Always make sure windows and doors are shut.
- Place the pet in another room when opening doors to the outside.
- Check the boundary fencing regularly to make sure no holes are being dug or areas are becoming enticing to a potential escapee.
- Always have a guest dog on lead when outside the confines of the home.
- Keep reminding other residents of the guest pet’s presence.
- Never become complacent that they have settled in so well that they wouldn’t try to discover new things outside!!