Leaving your dog at a boarding facility is not easy. Careful research is important. When the research is done correctly, you can feel confident that you made the right decisions for you and your furry friend.
Whenever you’re looking to board your dog, it is extremely important to search for a situation which is comfortable for both you and your dog. These days, there are far more selection than ever to select from when leaving your furry friend in the care of others. In addition to boarding kennels, you’ll find dog sitters which will board your furry friend in their house or your own.
Your veterinarian, your friends, and groomer, is a good place to start to find reputable boarding kennels that they feel is recommendable. When you out looking for advice for kennels it is important to know the right questions to ask that will guide you to the right choice for your Waggy Tongue Friend.
Checklist For Dog Boarding
- Contact the kennel or dog sitter to set an appointment to visit the site where your dog will be staying. You may even do a surprise visit.
- Do required research. If you are thinking about a commercial dog boarding kennel, find out if they are really accredited or members of a certified organization. If you are choosing an individual, find out how long the person has been dog sitting and how many repeat customers they’ve had. Also, check a few references.
- Discuss immunization requirements. Many kennels require a Bordetella shot, alongside rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. Are dogs also screened for fleas and ticks?
- Just as you would a hotel, look for cleanliness and sanitary conditions. There should be enough, securely fenced exercise areas and sleeping areas with comfortable non-slip surfaces. Will you be able to visit your dog anytime you want? Can you drop by the sitter to see your dog? Is the home chemical free or locked in a secure spot designated for chemicals?
- The staff should be able to interact with your dog. Observe if the staff and your dog interact well. How many dogs to each staff member? Do they get adequate exercise, and do they get to potty on a regular schedule? Have the staff taking classes on dog behavior or any animal care techniques?
- What amenities do the lodge or sitter have for the boarders. This includes fresh drinking water, temperature control, ventilation, and shelter.
- Find out what happens if your dog has any healthcare needs or emergencies requiring medication and/or veterinary services. Determine if the pet care provider is certified in pet first-aid.
- Will there be staff available day and night? Will fresh water be available? Is there an escape emergency plan it case of an emergency?
- Will the dogs get to play with one another? Are they supervised during play?
Other Things to Think about when boarding your dog.
Quality is obviously key, but expense is also important when determining a boarding facility. Find out what the daily/nightly charges are, and whether this will include walks, individual attention, providing medications, and bathing. What type of payment can they take, and do you pay when you pick up your dog? What is the checkout time, and how much are you billed if you are late? Additionally, what exactly is the cancellation policy? Many places charge a fee for late cancellations, which can be understandable if they’ve turned other reservations away.
If this is your dog first time at a kennel, consider a test run. Start out with a few hours, and then half a day and so on… Even an afternoon of doggy daycare can be a good test. This will allow your dog to become accustomed to the facility and the dog sitter and opportunity to learn your dog behavior for a pleasant stay. It’ll likewise give you an opportunity to observe your furry friend acts once you pick them up. Is your dog timid when you see him, is he tired but happy, does he not want to leave?
Make the stay as comfortable as possible for your dog. Bring a toy that they love, a shirt or towel with your scent. Make sure you pack food and required medicines, and emergency contact information. Be sure to leave up-to-date contact information, as well as an emergency contact.
It is hard to leave your dog with a person you don’t know. Will they hurt him? Will he be abused? There are good kennels out there, however, you must do your due diligence when looking for a place for your furry friend. At the end you will be glad you did.