There will be times when your dog has to stay with pet boarding, as when you go on a trip or attend to some type of emergency. But how do you choose the right facility for your buddy?
First off, ask the staff how the dogs in their care usually spend their day. The canines should get lots of opportunities to burn their excess energy. Ask them about overnight care too.
Find a place that provides stress-busting amenities, such as a playground where the pets can exercise or engage in group play. Even in the best facilities, dogs can still have difficulty coping with the new environment, especially within the first few days.
Ask them if the pets are being supervised by trained staff during group play. To keep them safe from accidents and aggression, doggos must never be left to themselves.
Cleanliness and Facility Size
It’s important to choose a clean, disinfected facility, if only to keep your dog healthy and happy while you’re away. This is one of the main reason you should choose a place that is large enough to accommodate freely circulating air. This will help stop the spread of disease-causing microorganisms among the animals.
Pick a facility that provides 24/7 care for the pets. Pets must never be left among themselves, whether or not during play. Someone should always be there, especially if there’s an emergency.
Make sure to choose a facility whose staff is well-trained and experienced in animal care. With good knowledge of dog care, behavior or perhaps even training, they will be able to respond more appropriately to potential issues.
If you have a very active and social dog, pick a facility that lets him meet people and other dogs, such as in parks or on the street. Speak to the staff regarding your dog’s personality, and if he’s more of the quieter, small-group type, make sure you make that clear as well. Just because you won’t be around for a while doesn’t mean your pet should be miserable.
Overall Medical Emergency Preparedness
Ask the staff how they usually manage general emergencies and what policies they have in place. On top of that, you’d like to know which animal they usually take sick or injured pets to whenever necessary.
If your dog has any specific medical condition, ask what training their staff has in terms of administering medications and if they are familiar with that condition. Lastly and very importantly, ask them if they are ready to respond to an emergency and whether a veterinarian will be on board 24/7.