How Old to Board a Puppy?

September 3, 2022 at 7:00 AM
Boston Terrier puppy, male.

Puppies are the absolute best — between their cute little paws, button noses, and adorable personalities. While we wish we could take our furry friends with us everywhere, it’s not always possible. It might not be feasible to bring them along on that vacation you’ve been planning, or you might have a business trip coming up that requires them to stay behind.

It’s best to start arranging accommodations for your pup as soon as you know you’ll need them. But you’ll also want to ensure that your four-legged friend is old enough to meet doggy daycare and boarding facility requirements.

We’ll cover more on how old your puppy needs to be in order to board below.

What to know about boarding your puppy

The average minimum age requirement for boarding puppies is three months. This is usually enough time for your pup to have completed its regimen of puppy shots, which are typically given over a three-month period. Responsible and reputable boarding facilities will require proof that your puppy has received all of their vaccination to ensure it won’t get sick during its stay.

Here are a few other things you should know before you board your puppy:

  1. Your puppy is still growing. If you board your puppy and they’ve just completed their regimen of shots, their immune system won’t be fully developed yet. This increases their chances of picking up any contagious diseases they are exposed to.
  2. Speak with your vet before boarding your puppy. Before you board your puppy, you should speak with your veterinarian if you have any concerns. This can provide you with peace of mind and ensure your puppy is safe if they have health conditions. Your veterinarian can provide advice on when your pup requires meds during the day or if they’ll need some extra time to rest or more frequent potty breaks.
  3. Look for a reputable boarding facility. Safe and reputable boarding facilities stand by their rules. If they have a minimum age requirement and require vaccinations, it can be a good sign that they are taking the health of the dogs in their care seriously.

Other factors to consider before boarding your puppy

Is your puppy shy or friendly? It’s essential to take this into consideration if you’re deciding to board your puppy. That’s because it gives them chances to socialize with other dogs and humans, but not all puppies are eager to meet new friends or do well in large groups. Take your puppy’s personality into consideration and pay attention to whether they become stressed around new dogs.

The length of time you plan to board your puppy should also be considered. Being away from your pup overnight or for a few days shouldn’t affect anything. But if you plan on boarding them for several weeks, they may pick up on behaviors from other dogs and have difficulty readjusting to their home routine.

Contact us for your pet boarding needs

Can’t travel with your pet dog? Barks N’ Rec is your reliable and professional doggy daycare in Los Angeles. We have professional and experienced staff to care for and supervise your dogs while you’re away. In addition to our pet boarding services, we also offer daycare and grooming services.

Give us a call now at (818) 532 7022 or fill out our contact form to get started with our professional pet services. You can also email us at