What Shots Does My Dog Need Before Boarding?

If you’ve got a brand-new puppy and you’re also working full-time, you most definitely don’t want to leave them home alone. Not only will they need help socializing and coping with separation anxiety, if they’re left alone for long periods of time, they have a better chance of getting into things they shouldn’t and wreaking havoc on your home. If no one is there throughout the day, your dog is more prone to have accidents too. Instead of leaving your new puppy at home, we recommend you bring them to doggy daycare.


Puppies must be at least 10 weeks old before they can attend doggy daycare or a boarding facility. They also need to have a variety of shots. Let’s discuss them so you are prepared before you bring your puppy in.



Puppies at 10 weeks should have at least had a first round of Distemper. As your dog continues to grow, she should receive 1 or 3-year Distemper vaccinations.



Like Distemper, puppies at least 10 weeks old should have had at least the first round of Bordetella shots. This is required every 12 months, but you may have to request it from veterinarians. They won’t do it automatically. Bordetella protects against kennel cough.



All dogs should have up-to-date Rabies vaccines before attending doggy daycare or boarding. This can be administered in 1 or 3-year increments.


Depending on your boarding facility, it may also be preferred that your dog has canine influenza and leptospirosis vaccinations. Dogs should also be flea and tick free. Shots must be administered at least 48 hours prior to checking them into a boarding facility. However, it is preferred that vaccinations are administered at least 10-14 days prior to daycare. Also be sure that you bring in your papers so that you can prove that your dog has had the proper shots.

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