The holiday season is one of the busiest times for dog kennels. With many families traveling and unable to bring their pets along, kennels experience a significant surge in demand. Preparing your facility for this rush is crucial for the well-being of the dogs and the smooth operation of your business. Here are ten tips to prepare your kennel for the holiday boarding season.
1. Staff Training and Scheduling
Ensure your staff is well-trained and prepared for the increased workload. It's a good idea to review protocols and conduct refresher training sessions on handling, feeding, medication administration, and emergency procedures. Schedule enough staff to handle the influx of dogs without overworking your team.
2. Facility Maintenance and Upgrades
Inspect your facility for any needed repairs or improvements. Make sure fencing is secure, kennel areas are clean and safe, and there is adequate shelter and bedding. Add festive decorations to create a cheerful atmosphere, but ensure they are pet-safe.
3. Stock Up on Supplies
Stock up on essential supplies such as food, bedding, cleaning products, and first aid items. It’s also wise to have extra leashes, toys, and treats on hand. Remember that some dogs may have specific dietary or care requirements, so be prepared to accommodate these needs.
4. Update Records and Confirm Reservations
Confirm all holiday reservations and ensure you have up-to-date contact information and care instructions for each pet. It's important to have a clear record of any medical needs, dietary restrictions, and emergency contacts for every dog in your care.
5. Establish a Routine
Dogs thrive on routine, so establish a consistent schedule for feeding, exercise, and quiet time. This will help minimize stress and anxiety for the dogs, especially those boarding for the first time.
6. Create a Comfortable Environment
Make the kennel as comfortable and home-like as possible. Provide ample bedding, toys, and personal items that owners bring to make the dogs feel more at ease. Soft music or pheromone diffusers can also help create a calming environment.
7. Offer Additional Services
Consider offering special services during the holidays, such as grooming, one-on-one playtime, or holiday-themed photo sessions. This not only enhances dogs’ experience but can also generate additional revenue for your kennel.
8. Communicate with Pet Owners
Keep open lines of communication with pet owners. Send them updates and photos of their dogs enjoying their time at your facility. This builds trust and reassures them that their furry family members are well cared for.
9. Plan for Emergencies
Review your emergency protocols and ensure all staff members are aware of what to do in case of an emergency. This includes natural disasters, medical emergencies, or unexpected facility issues.
10. Foster a Positive Atmosphere
Finally, maintain a positive and festive atmosphere in your kennel. The holidays can be a stressful time, but a positive attitude from the staff can greatly influence the mood and well-being of the dogs in your care.
Preparing your kennel for the holiday rush is essential for the success of your business and the well-being of the dogs you board. By planning ahead, ensuring your facility is in top condition, and maintaining clear communication with pet owners, you can provide excellent care for your furry guests and peace of mind for their owners. Remember, a well-prepared kennel is the key to a happy and healthy holiday season for everyone involved.
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