How to Prepare Your Dog for Boarding

When you’re planning a trip away from home, it’s important to know that your dog will be well cared for, safe, and happy. Whether your dog will be staying at the Julspops Ranch or in a boarding facility, finding a place that has your dog’s best interest at heart will give you peace of mind while you enjoy your own vacation.

Here are some dog boarding tips prior to your dog boarding at the Julspops Ranch. These are mandatory:

1) Before You Board Your Dog

Consider whether your dog has the right temperament for staying at my home. Your dog will need to have good social skills. If your dog doesn’t enjoy the company of other dogs, look for a boarding facility that keeps the dogs separate or hire a pet sitter who can stay in your home instead. I also offer this service, overnights and daytime visits.

Dogs with separation anxiety need extra preparation before being boarded. Spending time at my home prior to boarding usually helps to climatize the dog prior to its boarding stay. If my schedule allows, we can do a daycare visit or otherwise an overnight stay.

This extra time is needed to help your dog feel more comfortable during their stay.

2) Make Sure Your Dog Is Up-to-date on Their Vaccinations

Vaccinations are the safest way to prevent diseases from spreading. At my home dogs are in close proximity to one another, are at a higher risk of having an outbreak.

CORE vaccines are MANDATORY at the Julspops Ranch, Rabies, Bordetella & Distemper

  • Rabies Vaccine
    The rabies vaccine is mandated by and required every 1 or 3 years, depending on your vet. Most vets do 3 years, some still do a year. If your vet does 1 year, ask about the 3-year vaccine, this way your dog is not over-vaccinated, less cost to you as well.
  • Bordetella (A.K.A Kennel Cough) Vaccine
    The Bordetella vaccine is very important when your dog is being boarded at my home, dog parks, doggie daycare, OR if your dog interacts with other dogs in general, neighbours, friends, family members. Dogs have even been known to get kennel cough from sniffing areas where dogs have been, with kennel cough, it is so easily transmitted. Please give the vaccine at least one week before their stay and yearly after that.
  • DAPP (a.k.a. DHPP) Vaccine
    This combination vaccine protects dogs against Distemper, Adenovirus type 1 (Hepatitis), Adenovirus type 2 (respiratory), Parainfluenza and Parvovirus. As like Rabies, this vaccine is given as a 3 year, or 1 year.


NON-CORE Vaccines Lyme & Leptospirosis Vaccine (not mandatory but good to have for added protection).

3) Make Sure Your Dog Is on Parasite Prevention Medicine

Year-round parasite prevention is important as well — you don’t want your dog bringing home any fleas or ticks or getting diseases these parasites transmit. Julspops would also like to ensure these pests don’t travel to her home as well, so it is mandatory from April to November that your dogs be protected with flea and tick prevention. Some choose to use it all year round, which is an added bonus.

In addition to fleas and ticks, there are also internal parasites like heartworm and intestinal worms. To ensure the safety of my dogs, and other dogs boarding here, these precautions should be year-round.

It is also the owner’s reasonability to keep Julspops up to date on their dogs’ vaccines, health issues, and emergency contacts. This is noted on the booking request template, which MUST be completed for ALL new booking request.

4) New to Julspops, effective immediately

Prior to your dog boarding at Julspops it MUST be bathed, this is my home, and not a kennel facility. Your dog (small) is allowed to sleep on our bed, so it’s their home away from home. Larger dogs get dog beds, which are cleaned on a regular basis, along with dog toys, blankets, couch covers. My home is a PET loving home, but it’s my home. If your dog comes unbathed, it will be bathed at an additional cost to the owner. Starting at $35 per dog. 

5) Items to bring when you dog boards at the Julspops Ranch

  1. Food (Please remember to let Julspops know at each stay your dogs feeding schedule, amount etc. This can change often, if your dog is young, senior, special diet so is a great way to keep up to date on your pets feeding requirements)
  2. Medications (if applicable)
  3. Treats (we only provide liver treats for dogs)
  4. Walking attire – harness, leash (NO retractables, for pet safety. We have plenty of extra leashes here, and harnesses)
  5. A piece of your clothing, t-shirt or a blankie, an example if you have an anxious pet.
  6. Thunder shirt if scared of storms.

6) Items NOT to bring when you dog boards at the Julspops Ranch

  1. Food bowls – we have plenty, all sizes
  2. Toys – dogs can be destructive and I can’t guarantee your dogs toy will go home in the condition it came; plus, sometimes toys get left behind. If its your dogs favourite toy, leave it at home.
  3. Dog BEDS – we have plenty, all sizes, washed regularly (If you feel your dog will not be settled without its bed, please wash your dogs’ bed prior to boarding).


Any questions, please let me know, thank you for choosing Julspops for your beloved pets needs. “It’s home away from home.”