As much as we would all love to be with our pets 24/7/365, it’s sometimes just not possible. You may have a business trip coming up or the vacation you’ve been looking forward to for months. If you can’t bring Fido with you, you’ll need to consider where he’ll stay while you’re gone.
Dog boarding is a great option that ensures your pooch is well taken care of during your vacation. Keep reading our blog to find everything you need to know before sending your dog off to a boarding agency.
Types of Dog Boarding
Before you narrow down your list of potential kennels, you should know the different types of dog boarding.
Traditional kennels most often use dog runs or crates throughout most of the day. They sometimes have outdoor areas as well for your pet to explore.
Resort-style kennels are the top-tier option for those with a bigger budget. These upscale facilities feature “suites” that your pet will call home during the length of their stay. The suites have furniture that will remind your dog of home to make them feel more comfortable.
Free-range boarding is a perfect choice for well-socialized dogs. These facilities allow your pup to roam free, mingling with the boarders and other canines throughout the day. Free-range kennels have large yards to allow for plenty of play and exploration.
Choose the right facility for your pup’s personality and training, not on budget alone.
How to Choose the Best Pet Boarding
You need to do thorough research before booking your pup into their home away from home. Google is a helpful resource, but don’t choose the first pet care agency that pops up.
Your first task is to go through the potential boarding company’s website. What kind of vibe does their website give you at first glance? You might also read their reviews on Google to get a better understanding of what previous clients thought.
Next, you’ll want to interview the staff of any potential kennels. Consider asking the following questions:
- Where will my dog sleep?
- Is there a veterinarian on staff?
- What’s the policy regarding emergencies?
- What types of things can I bring in terms of creature comforts from home?
- What’s the protocol regarding exercise?
- How often will my dog be fed?
- Are there any other services like grooming and baths?
A phone interview with the staff is not enough so visit the kennel beforehand, too.
How to Prep Your Pup for Boarding
Your dog needs to feel somewhat at home in the boarding facility before you leave him. Schedule a day before your trip to take them to the kennel for a visit. Let them explore and sniff around to their heart’s content.
Pack as much of your pup’s favorite toys and comforts from home as possible to avoid separation anxiety. Bring their favorite bed or a familiar blanket so they have the smells of home with them. You might consider tucking in one of your shirts or socks to help them feel more at ease.
Preparation is Key to Success
The key to dog boarding successfully is giving yourself plenty of time to prepare beforehand. Don’t throw your pooch into a situation they’re uncomfortable in for the duration of your vacation.
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