“I know at last what distinguishes man from animals: financial worries”. Romain Roland 17273 West Edwards Road, Antioch, Illinois 847-395-0554 847-395-5855 fax boarding your pet - a working partnership The vast majority of dogs adapt to the kennel environment very well and truly enjoy the opportunity to socialize with friends (both human and canine).   While some dogs are naturally enthusiastic boarders, others are naturally more timid or easily stressed and may require a bit of extra TLC in order to settle in to the new routine.  We do carefully observe all new visitors and will provide the extra attention needed to make your pet feel comfortable in the new surrounding. There are also many things you can do to make boarding an enjoyable experience for both you and your pet. The following are some tips to help you make the experience fun for everybody. Even if you have no intention of boarding your pet in the forseeable future, take the time to find a boarding facility that you feel comfortable with (see Selecting a Boarding Facility).  The stress filled time around a family emergency is NOT the time to be worrying about where your pet will be staying). Arrange to have your pet stay overnight at the facility as a “trial run”.  This will allow your pet to relax and understand that you will be returning for them. And you will have opportunity to discuss how your pet handled the experience with the kennel owners and to decide what services (extra playtimes, etc) you pet might require.  We are happy to provide a trial stay at no charge for all new guests and will provide you with a full evaluation of your pet’s experience.       If you will be boarding  your pet on a regular basis, we strongly recommend that you start while your pet is young so that going to camp becomes an enjoyable part of your pet’s life.  Boarding can be an important tool in socializing your young dog and a positive experience for both pet and owner. We are always happy to talk to you and work with you to make your pet’s experience positive or to discuss any concerns you might have.