When it comes to boarding your dog, finding a position that is both safe and enjoyable for you and him is essential. In today’s market, there are many more alternatives than there were previously when leaving your pet with others. In addition to kennels, some people will board your dog in their own home or yours.
Ask your veterinarian, groomer, dog-owning pals, or neighbours for the names of boarding kennels or pet sitters they recommend. When it comes to picking the right “home-away-from-home” boarding experience for your dog, knowing what questions to ask and what to look for is critical.
- Finding a secure and pleasant boarding facility for your dog might take some time.
- Visit the kennel or pet sitter with your dog first to evaluate how they get along.
- Look for secure, hygienic, chemical-free, and temperature-controlled locations.
Dog Boarding Checklist:
- Contact the kennel or dog sitter at least two weeks before your trip to set up a visit for you and your pet. This will give you a chance to tour the premises, meet the staff, and ask any questions.
- Do your homework. If you’re considering a business dog boarding facility, find out if they’re qualified or members of a professional association. If you’re talking to someone about dog sitting, find out how long they’ve been doing it and how many customers they have repeat. Also, look up a couple of references.
- The kennel should be clean, with fresh water and food available at all times. The staff should be knowledgeable about dog behaviour and nutrition, and happy to answer any questions you have. They should also be able to tell you about the security of the premises, including fencing, gates, and alarm systems.
- Your dog’s daily routine should remain as normal as possible while he’s away. He should have plenty of time outside to play and exercise, and be given his regular meals and snacks.
- Insurance is a must-have when boarding your dog. Make sure the kennel or sitter you choose has liability insurance in case of accident or injury.
- Kennels in the United States are not licensed or regulated by any state or federal agency, so it’s important to do your research before entrusting your dog to anyone. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a good place to start, as is your veterinarian.
- Try to meet the caretakers and observe how they interact with your dog. How many dogs will they look after at once? How much exercise do the dogs get and when are they taken out to relieve themselves? What kind of animal care education and training does the provider have?
Other Considerations When Boarding Your Dog:
- In some cases, you may have to bring your food and toys with you when boarding your dog. If your pet is on a special diet or takes medication, be sure to bring enough for the duration of your trip.
- If your dog is used to sleeping in bed with you, ask if it’s okay to bring his bed or a favourite toy.
- If your dog is crate-trained, ask if he can be crated while you’re away. This can help to minimize his stress and make transitions easier for him.
- Some boarding kennels offer day-care services in addition to overnight stays. This can be a great option if you’re not comfortable leaving your dog alone for an extended period.
- Always ask about the refund policy before boarding your dog. If for some reason you need to cancel your trip, you’ll want to know what the kennel’s policy is.
- The best way to find a reputable boarding kennel or pet sitter is by word-of-mouth. Ask your friends, family, and veterinarian for recommendations. You can also check with the BBB or pet-sitting organizations like Pet Sitters International (PSI).
- Bring your dog’s food, health and veterinarian information, bed, and favourite toys when you drop them off for boarding. Make sure you provide up-to-date contact information as well as a backup emergency contact. Keep the goodbyes to a minimum and simple.
- Don’t feed or give your dog water for at least four hours after returning home if you pick them up from a boarding kennel or dog watcher’s residence. They will almost certainly be happy and stimulated, causing food vomiting and diarrhoea. If they appear to need water, offer them ice cubes instead of water. Allow your dog to settle down and relax.