What do I need to bring when boarding my dog?

Thumbtack Editors

It is recommended that you bring the following 6 things when boarding your dog.


Proper identification is a crucial part of dog ownership overall and more important when your pooch is staying somewhere else. Make sure you have a collar with an ID tag and, when possible, have your dog microchipped as well.

Emergency Contact Information

While we all hope that nothing will go wrong while your dog is boarded you want to be prepared. That means making sure that the dog boarding facility has your up-to-date emergency contact information. This information should include you, a backup and your veterinarian.


Bring any medicine or supplements that your dog will need while boarded. You will also want to include any accessories such as pill pockets or syringes as needed. While the boarding facility may have backup supplies, you want to ensure your pooch has everything they need while you’re away.


Your dog probably has a few favorite toys. Bring one, but not all, of those toys to the boarding facility so they have a familiar activity. While it’s great to have a toy that they enjoy, they can often go missing if they’re interacting with other dogs. So choose wisely.

Comfort of Home

A reminder of home can be a great comfort to many dogs. Do they have a blanket they sleep on regularly? Or maybe a towel or lovey that they cozy up with at home? Whatever it is, bring one along so they can always take snuggle up and relax.


The boarding facility will have food but they won’t have every variety under the sun. So bring your dog’s favorite food and snacks so that part of their routine won’t change. You might even want to bring a second type of food if you know your dog sometimes has digestion issues.

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