Dog Boarding Checklist

So you’ve booked your dog’s boarding reservation. Now what? Before you check in, reference our dog boarding checklist to make sure you’ve got everything squared away:


Ask your vet to send us your dog’s vaccine records by emailing them to [email protected]. We won’t be able to check your dog in without these in our system, so please be sure to contact your vet in advance. 

For dogs, we require the following vaccines:

  • Rabies
  • Bordetella
  • Recommended but not required: Canine Influenza (H3N2)


Decide on an emergency contact. This contact is used only in emergencies or if you need someone other than yourself to pick your dog up at the end of their stay. If we have questions or need to make minor adjustments during your dog’s stay, we will contact you directly.


Pack your dog’s usual food, and be sure to pack enough for the duration of their stay. We very much appreciate it if you bring your pet’s food separated into pre-measured portions. If your pet is on a special diet, we will make sure to follow your instructions. If you don’t wish to bring your dog’s food, we will provide some.


If your dog takes any medication, make sure to bring that and directions for proper dosage. We ask that you leave their medication in its original packaging (prescription bottles, etc.).


Pack a blanket, pillow or other soft item that smells like home. This will give your dog something familiar to snuggle with and make bedtime a little cozier. Also, feel free to bring your dog’s favorite toys when you drop them off. We will put them in your pet’s room. (All we ask is that you do not bring tennis balls or rope toys as they can be hazardous during unsupervised play. For safety reasons, we also do not allow any of our dogs to have rawhide treats or toys.)


Schedule a daycare evaluation! If your pup is new to Petropolis, we always suggest a first day of daycare before they board with us. This not only helps your dog adjust to our facility, but it also gives us a chance to get to know your dog and what kinds of activity they might prefer during their stay.